Kaine outlined why the stakes have never been higher this year, as Clinton supporters have become increasingly concerned over the tightening polls, according to an attendee who was there. He also talked extensively about equality, and noted Trump’s remarks on religious beliefs, gender, sexual orientation, as well as on financial wealth and healthcare.
Kaine also said that he was 8-0 when it came to campaigns, and he was confident when it came to the Clinton-Kaine ticket’s chances. He said that he loves campaigning “so I’m always happy these days.”
UTA’s Jay Sures was co-host, along with other longtime politically active industry figures such as Tennis Channel president Ken Solomon, national finance co-chair for the Democratic National Committee, and attorney Joe Calabrese and his wife Margo.
With tickets priced between $2,700 and $27,000, the lunchtime event included several receptions, including an intimate gathering for high-end donors and a larger event for about 200 donors. Among those there were Illumination Entertainment’s Chris Meledandri, Universal’s Jeff Shell, architect Frank Gehry, writer-producer Judd Apatow, writer-director George Nolfi, Lionsgate’s Jon Feltheimer, Youth Policy Institute’s Dixon Slingerland and philanthropist Ellen Hoberman.
Kaine has extensive ties to the entertainment industry, having trekked to Los Angeles frequently when he served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2009 to 2011. He also has had a personal friendship with Sures.
On Monday, he headlined a fundraiser at the home of Eva Longoria. The event was for Latinos for Hillary, with tickets priced between $10,000 per person and $100,000 per person.
Kaine’s visit comes as Clinton’s showbiz donors express anxiety about the tight presidential race, after a post-convention period in which it looked like Clinton could establish a comfortable lead. The frustration is being directed at the media, with Clinton supporters expressing dismay at what they see as the media’s penchant for “false equivalence.”
Deadline first reported on the Kaine fundraiser.