×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Hillary Clinton Still Leads Showbiz Fundraising in Latest Quarter

Hillary Clinton continued to draw heavy Hollywood support in the latest fundraising quarter, with a list of donors who included Matt Damon, Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Jessica Alba and Kanye West, according to an early glance at finance reports due on Thursday.

Overall, Clinton raised $29.4 million from all sectors during the quarter ended Sept. 30, more than any other candidate.

Her chief rival for the Democratic nomination, Bernie Sanders, drew contributions from Mark Ruffalo, Alfred Molina, Haskell Wexler, Jackson Browne and Danny DeVito.

His campaign, however, has held just nine traditional fundraisers — including an event on Wednesday at the Avalon nightclub in Hollywood where Seth MacFarlane introduced the candidate — and instead has relied on small-dollar donations and online fundraising.

Sanders raised $26.2 million during the quarter. The campaign said that only 270 of his 650,000 donors gave the maximum $2,700 allowed. It also said that it raised $3.2 million since the Democratic debate on Tuesday.

Clinton’s campaign said they have drawn almost 400,000 donors, and more than 60% of donors were women.

Both campaigns reported healthy cash on hand — $33 million for Clinton, and $27.1 million for Sanders.

Martin O’Malley raised just $1.3 million during the quarter, drawing contributions from producer Jeffrey Sharp, director Amy Ziering and producer Moctesuma Esparza.

The front-runner among Republicans, Donald Trump, has pitched his ability to self-fund his campaign and not kowtow to major donors. But he actually raised $3.8 million during the quarter from individual donors, chipping  in about $101,000 to his campaign and benefiting from exposure from free TV appearances rather than paid advertising.

The leader among all Republicans in fundraising during the quarter was Ben Carson, who also depended on small dollar donations. Jeb Bush raised $13.4 million, as his fundraising pace slowed after an initial burst when he announced his campaign in June.

Clinton’s campaign also released an updated list of campaign bundlers, those who have raised at least $100,000 for her campaign. Among the Los Angeles names on the list were Scooter and Yael Braun, Sim and Debbie Farar, Rob and Shari Friedman, Michael Kives, Carol Hamilton and David Kohn, Michael Lombardo and Sonny Ward, Dana Perlman and Barry Karas, Greg Propper, Haim and Cheryl Saban, Cathy and Len Unger, Casey and Laura Wasserman and David Allen Wolf.

Others who donated to Clinton during the quarter included Michael Eisner, Jason Reitman, Nina Jacobson, Rita Wilson, Robert Simonds, Jay Sandrich, Skip Brittenham and Heather Thomas, Marg Helgenberger, Carol Flint, John Leguizamo, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Corey Feldman, Josh Peck and Damon Lindelof.

Expect additional updates as reports are fully downloaded to the Federal Election Commission website.

Clinton is scheduled to return to Los Angeles on Nov. 4 for a fundraiser at the Beverly Hills home of Christina Aguilera and Matthew Rutler, with Aguilera performing. Planners say that the event will be among the biggest L.A. events for her since she announced her campaign. She also will attend a fundraiser the next day at the Brentwood home of Rob Reiner. Her 2016 campaign has so far held 11 fundraisers in four visits to L.A.

Sanders has been highlighting his support among entertainment and celebrity figures. Last month, the campaign released a list of 128 artists and cultural leaders who are backing his campaign.

Meanwhile, a number of Senate and House candidates have been hitting L.A. to raise money for their 2016 races. Among them: Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), who is seeking re-election and on Thursday appeared at a lunch hosted by Gonring, Spahn & Associates where about $120,000 was raised. Also making the rounds: Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), who is challenging Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) in what is expected to be one of the most competitive of all Senate races next year.

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Clinton raised $1 million from movie, TV and music donors in the second quarter ended June 30, while Sanders raised $48,866. The figures do not include contributions below $200.

Photo: Sanders and Clinton at the presidential debate on Tuesday.

More Biz

  • WGA Agency Packaging Fight Placeholder Writer

    Writers Guild Agrees to Resume Meetings With Talent Agencies

    The Writers Guild of America has agreed to resume negotiations with Hollywood’s talent agents, six weeks after talks between the two sides cratered. WGA West President David A. Goodman announced Wednesday night that the WGA had approved a proposal by UTA co-president Jay Sures to get back to the bargaining table. Sures had made the [...]

  • Contract Placeholder Business WGA ATA Agent

    Agencies Offer to Restart Talks With WGA to End Packaging Fee Standoff

    Hollywood’s largest talent agencies have offered to restart negotiations with the WGA to end the standoff over the guild’s effort to impose new rules on talent agents. In a letter to WGA West president David Goodman sent Wednesday, UTA co-president Jay Sures extended an olive branch and suggested resuming talks next week. UTA later sent [...]

  • Woodstock 50 Files Appeal Seeking Return

    Woodstock 50 Files Appeal Seeking Return of $18 Million From Former Financial Partner

    In the latest round of the ongoing legal battle between the organizers of Woodstock 50 and their erstwhile partners Dentsu Aegis, attorney Marc Kasowitz announced that the festival has filed an appeal for Dentsu to return some $18.5 million the financial giant withdrew from the organizers’ bank account. That money has been a point of [...]

  • Spider-Man Homecoming

    Film and TV Productions Are Using Drones for Scouting Locations, Lighting and More

    Since a ruling by the Federal Aviation Administration in 2014 that cleared the use of drones in film and TV production, the acquisition of footage by these unmanned flying machines has become de rigueur for aerial shooting in cases when cranes or aircraft are impractical or unsafe.  As such, drones have been greeted enthusiastically not [...]

  • White House Communications Director Hope Hicks,

    House Judiciary Committee Issues Subpoena for Fox Spokeswoman Hope Hicks

    The House Judiciary Committee has issued a subpoena for Hope Hicks, the Fox Corporation communications chief who previously worked as the communications director in President Donald Trump’s White House. The call for Hicks to appear before the committee was issued Tuesday. Hicks could not be reached for immediate comment on the matter. Hicks was in [...]

  • Stephanie Dalton City National Bank

    Why City National Handles Financing for Half the Shows on Broadway

    Seen a Broadway show lately? If the answer is yes, then there’s a pretty good chance that Stephanie Dalton and her team at City National Bank have played a role in the financial life of the production. That can mean anything from managing the cash that a show takes in at the box office to [...]

  • Broadway Theater Placeholder

    The Great Green Way: Inside Broadway's Economic Boom

    Here’s an old Broadway story, probably apocryphal, but with the ring of truth: A worried producer checks in on his ticket sales to see how his show is doing. “We had a terrible night, boss,” the treasurer tells him. “We did one penny.” The producer sulks through Shubert Alley and runs into a rival. “How’s [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content