Hillary Clinton Returns to L.A. for Trio of Fundraisers

Hillary Clinton kicked off her latest fundraising swing through Los Angeles on Sunday with an event at the home of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-chairman Rob Friedman and his wife Shari.

Tickets started at $1,000 per person, with those who raised at least $27,000 invited to a host reception with Clinton before the event. Among those attending were Haim and Cheryl Saban, Howard Gordon and his wife Cami, Andy Spahn and his wife Jennifer Perry, Sim Farar, David Wolf, and Alan and Marilyn Bergman.

Around 200 people attended the event, including 15 who mingled with Clinton at the host reception, according to attendees who were there.

Under a big tent in the backyard of the Friedman’s Brentwood home, Clinton spoke about how she would defend Planned Parenthood, how she would address mental health and substance abuse and the recent resignation of House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), according to one attendee. Of the latter, she talked about “how Republicans may be more extreme now that he is gone,” the attendee said.

Other attendees described her as upbeat and positive, and often humorous. Friedman introduced her.

Clinton is due later on Sunday afternoon at an event at Elevate Lounge in downtown Los Angeles, with tickets at $2,700 per person. Those who raise at least $27,000 also are invited to a reception with Clinton.

The final event is at the Bradbury home of Dr. Asif Mahmood, a pulmonologist, and his wife Noshaba.

At the Friedman’s event, some attendees chatted about what they saw as a successful appearance by Clinton on “Meet the Press” on Sunday. Clinton told host Chuck Todd that she’s “done all that I can” to take responsibility and to be transparent. Nevertheless, she said she can’t control the coverage.

“There’s only so much I can control,” Clinton said. “Look, I think I have done all that I can to take responsibility, to be as transparent as possible in turning over 55,000 pages, in turning over my server and to testify on Oct. 22.”

Update: About 200 people attended the event at Elevate, where one attendee said that Clinton gave a highly substantive speech that included remarks on veterans issues, job creation and the Affordable Care Act.

Those who attended included a mix of Los Angeles business executives and some city officials, such as City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, and one organizer said that the turnout exceeded expectations. Sean Burton, president of the CityView real estate investment fund and also president Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners, introduced Clinton. Burton was among the co-hosts along with Jon Vein, co-founder and CEO of MarketShare, who attended with his wife, producer Ellen Goldsmith Vein, founder of the Gotham Group.

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