With less than a month to go before the Iowa caucuses, Hillary Clinton returned to Los Angeles on Thursday for another fundraising swing, including at evening event in which she was joined by billionaire investor Warren Buffett.
The $2,700-per-person event, at the Bel Air home of City National Bank CEO Russell Goldsmith and his wife, producer Karen Mack Goldsmith, drew about 280 people including industry figures such as Barbra Streisand, Christina Aguilera, media mogul Haim Saban and music mogul Berry Gordy. Also at the event were Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.); former White House economic adviser Gene Sperling; investor Sim Farar, a member of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy; and fundraising consultant David Wolf.
Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, also appeared at a smaller event earlier in the evening for about 35 donors to a joint victory fund raising money for Clinton’s campaign, the Democratic National Committee and state party committees.
Clinton and Buffett later appeared together on stage for a Q&A, covering issues like education reform, economic growth and support for Israel, according to an attendee. Goldsmith, who introduced them, said that the event raised about $1.5 million.
The Goldsmith event was the third of three Los Angeles-area fundraisers in Clinton’s swing through California. On Thursday afternoon, on a studio soundstage at the Henson Studios in Hollywood, Clinton participated in what was described as a townhall with kids asking the questions. About 300 people attended, including Angela Bassett and Tony Goldwyn.
The event was hosted by Lisa Henson, CEO of the Jim Henson Co., and her husband David Pressler.
Among the questions asked, according to attendees, was what Clinton would do about gender equality.
Clinton’s response was that the best thing she could do about it was become president of the United States. The comment drew applause, before she also pointed to the economic benefits of having more equal distribution of leadership roles.
Another question was about the common core education standards, and Clinton answered that while there should be retooling, the program shouldn’t be thrown out, according to an attendee.
Tickets to the Henson Co. event started at $500 per person, with different price points for those who brought their children — $1,000 for an adult and one child under age 16, and $2,700 for two adults and children under age 16.
Earlier on Thursday afternoon, Clinton also attended a fundraising lunch in San Gabriel Valley hosted by Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.).
This was Clinton’s sixth visit to Los Angeles to raise money since she announced her presidential bid.
One fundraiser said that it has been easier to get donors to write checks, even at the $2,700 level, as the primaries approach and as candidates like Donald Trump continue to lead in the polls on the Republican side.
“It’s really a mood now of, ‘She has got to get elected,'” the fundraiser said.
Although Bernie Sanders has shattered records for the sheer number of donations to his campaign, Clinton has raised far more from entertainment donors.
According to OpenSecrets.org, Clinton has raised $6.6 million from showbiz sources since announcing her presidential bid. Her campaign announced that it had raised $112 million last year for the primary campaign, including $37 million in the fourth quarter.
Sanders’ campaign raised $73 million in 2015, including $33.3 million in the fourth quarter. According to OpenSecrets, he has raised almost $150,000 from movie, TV and music sources.
At the Henson Co. event, those who raised $10,000 or contributed $5,400 in primary dollars per family were listed as event hosts. That included a family photo with Hillary for two adults and children under the age of 16.
At the event at the Goldsmiths, those who raised $10,000 were to get a photo with Clinton, and those who raised $50,000 got a photo and access to a host reception.
Next week, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who is running for the GOP nomination, is trekking to Los Angeles to raise money at a $1,000-per-person reception at the Soho House. The Tuesday event is hosted by such investors as Ron Burkle, Harry Sloan and Gary Winnick. Burkle was a longtime backer of of the Clintons, but had a falling out with Bill Clinton when an investment partnership went sour. He told the Los Angeles Times that he still may support the Clintons, but he was lukewarm on her campaign.