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Stevie Wonder Performs at Fundraising Kickoff for L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti raised about $2 million for his re-election campaign at a $1,400-per-person concert kickoff featuring Stevie Wonder, Miguel and Michelle Branch, according to a campaign adviser.

The event, at the Avalon in Hollywood, was Garcetti’s first major fundraising fete after filing papers for re-election last month. The election isn’t until 2017, but his early splash is viewed as a way to get a jump on any major challenger — so far, there aren’t any — by showing a formidable war chest.

According to some of the donors who were there, Wonder’s performance performed “Stand by Me” and “Superstition,” and Garcetti joined him for a bit on the keyboard.

Garcetti was elected in 2013, with the entertainment industry representing the largest share of his contributions compared to other business sectors, according to a Los Angeles Times analysis of contributions.

Next week comes a series of campaign events focused on 2016. On Wednesday, J.J. Abrams and his wife Katie McGrath host House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi at their home for an event for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, with tickets starting at $5,000 per couple and rising to $33,400 per couple for designation as the “speaker’s cabinet.”

On Thursday, Hillary Clinton makes her first trek to Los Angeles for her 2016 presidential campaign, raising money at a breakfast event at the home of Cathy Unger, a lunch event at the home of Steven and Dayna Bochco and a dinner at the home of Haim and Cheryl Saban. Tickets are $2,700 per person. At the Bochco and Saban events, those who raise at least $27,000 receive designation as hosts, and those who raise at least $50,000 are designated as chairs.

 

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