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Hillary Clinton Caps L.A. Fundraising at Home of Haim Saban

Hillary Clinton capped a day of fundraising for her 2016 presidential bid at the Beverly Park home of longtime supporters Haim and Cheryl Saban, as she appeared before a crowd that included such industry figures as Casey Wasserman, Stevie Wonder, Peter Chernin and Clarence Avant.

Donors paid $2,700 per person at the event, the last of three fetes that were expected to bring in close to $3 million, according to fundraisers. Also attending, according to a guest who was there, were Lions Gate’s Rob Friedman, WME Entertainment’s Patrick Whitesell, talkshow host Larry King, Mike and Irena Medavoy, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Mary Steenburgen.

Co-chairing the event at the Saban home was Wasserman, another longtime Clinton family friend, and his wife Laura.

In tented area of his sprawling estate, Saban gave just brief remarks, and Wasserman introduced Clinton.

In her 35-minute remarks, Clinton tied her speech to her granddaughter and her role as a grandmother, and some attendees said came across as more folksy and accessible than during her 2008 campaign.

“A lot of people think she is speaking more from the heart, someone you can relate to,” said David Wolf, a finance consultant who raised for the group Ready for Hillary, a SuperPAC set up to lay the groundwork for Clinton’s campaign. “People like what they hear.”

Clinton echoed some of the remarks she said earlier in the day, talking about domestic concerns like mass incarceration and expanded economic opportunity, and at one point quipped that she has long dyed her hair so it won’t go gray if elected president — as has happened with so many males. She also quipped that “it was nice of the royal family to name their baby” after her granddaughter, Charlotte. She was referring to the name that William and Kate gave to their newly born daughter.

Clinton devoted most of her time to domestic issues, but when it came to foreign policy said that any deal needed to “make sense,” according to one attendee. Saban and Wasserman, in a letter sent to potential donors several weeks ago, wrote that she was a “true friend when it comes to the U.S. and Israeli relationship.” In her remarks before the crowd, Clinton did not specifically mention the recent framework of an agreement for a deal over Iran’s nuclear program.

In another area of the estate, she also did a photo line with donors who raised at least $27,000.

John Gile, public affairs and fundraising consultant, said that Clinton’s speech was “beautiful and crisp and purposeful.”

Compared to her 2008 campaign, he said, “she seemed much more relaxed, more focused, more personable.”

In Beverly Hills, some union and environmental groups staged rallies calling for Clinton to oppose the Trans Pacific Partnership, a trade pact among a dozen countries including the United States.



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