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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.

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