Less than 24 hours after Joe Biden declared his Presidential campaign very much alive with a trove of Super Tuesday comeback victories, the former Vice-President is celebrating tonight with Hollywood A-listers.
As Biden’s campaign has sees a big boost in new bundlers and donors as momentum swings his way as the more moderate alternative to Bernie Sanders, the event sold out and had to be moved outside at Lansing’s pad to accommodate all the guests.
Leonardo DiCaprio, Sony Pictures’ Tom Rothman, Bad Robot’s Brian Weinstein and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti were some of the guests at a fundraiser at the Beverly Hills home of philanthropist and former Paramount boss Sherry Lansing, according to a source who was there. Co-hosts included John Emerson and Kimberly Emerson, Sim Farar and Debra Farar, Eriq Paquette and Cynthia Telles and Joe Waz.
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Additionally, Michael Bloomberg’s decision to drop out on Wednesday after a pathetic Super Tuesday showing means a number of his backers are gravitating to supporting Biden’s campaign. Among them is Jon Vein, who was co-chair of the Los Angeles leadership committee for Bloomberg and has previously hosted events for candidates including Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. He said that he was “thrilled we are with Joe and not making the same mistake Republicans made in 2016, when the primary vote was splintered and they delivered Donald Trump.”
Some of Pete Buttigieg’s L.A. team also is committing to work for Biden. That includes fundraising and public affairs consultant John Gile and Kevin MacLellan, the former NBCUniversal global and international chairman who hosted Buttigieg at his home last summer.
Meanwhile, Biden’s campaign has an LGBTQ event on the books that is expected to draw former supporters of Buttigieg. James Costos, the former U.S. ambassador to Spain for Barack Obama and a former HBO executive, and designer Michael Smith are hosting a March 19 fundraiser for Biden at their New York home, with tickets set at $2,800 per person. Co-hosts include Rufus Gifford, the former ambassador to Denmark who was finance director for President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign.
Taking it pretty easy today with a just a short appearance this afternoon with L.A. Mayor and potential cabinet member Eric Garcetti, Biden and his team intend to spend the next few weeks trying to seal the Hollywood ATM deal with big bundlers who wrote big checks for Obama and Hillary Clinton.
Chief among those deep pocket supporters are Quibi mainman Jeffrey Katzenberg, who was the 44th POTUS’ biggest bundler. Spreading his resources around various Democrats in the race at one point or another, including Biden, Katzenberg is widely seen as a whale among Biden’s finance team if they can snare him. Not only would the former DreamWorks Animation CEO bring in major cash himself but is expected to open the door to other Tinseltown donors like Steven Spielberg and George Clooney.