Monthly Archives: March 2013

Hollywood Fundraising for Cory Booker

Newark Mayor Cory Booker Photo credit: Cory Booker’s Facebook

Although Newark Mayor Cory Booker hasn’t officially declared his Senate candidacy, Hollywood mega-donors are already fundraising for the rising Democratic star.

Industry bigwigs including Steven Spielberg, Kate Capshaw, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Bruce Willis, Bob Iger, Rob Reiner, J.J. Abrams, Troy Garity and Steve Bing are shelling out $5,000 to support the Senate hopeful, according to THR.

The event will be held at the Beverly Hills mansion of producer Jerry Weintraub on April 25. Both Winetraub and Willis are thought of as more conservative figures in the Hollywood community.

Last month, after serving three decades in the Senate, current New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg announced he would not seek reelection in 2014. Booker is thought to be the favored candidate on the Democratic side.

Conan O’Brien Lends Hand to Al Franken

Following the lead of President Barack Obama last election, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) is fundraising for reelection by raffling off a chance for supporters to dine with a celebrity.

Franken is raffling off a all-expense paid trip to Los Angeles to have brunch with him and comedian Conan O’Brien. The brunch will take place April 7 at O’Brien’s house.

A contribution to the Minnesota Democrat’s campaign automatically enters supporters into the raffle for a chance to win. The winner gets to bring one other person to the brunch with the comedians.

Franken is up for reelection in 2014 and experts predict the race will be heated.

O’Brien also helped Franken fundraise during his 2008 election.

O’Brien and Franken both attended Harvard and were both writers for “Saturday Night Live” in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

O’Brien is set to host the White House Correspondents Dinner on April 27.

Sarah Jessica Parker Endorses Hillary Clinton For President in 2016

Credit: Obama Campaign video

Actress Sarah Jessica Parker drew headlines last summer when she co-hosted a star-studded fundraiser for President Barack Obama’s reelection.

However, the “Sex and the City” actress has already made her pick for the 2016 election: former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton.

“Personally, and I mean this with all sincerity, I will be very, very sad if she doesn’t choose to run,” Parker told The Edit magazine. “I think she has so much to offer and is equipped to do it well, to be thoughtful, reasonable, strong, authoritative, empathetic.”

Parker said Clinton has all the right attributes for being a leader.

“The conventionally female parts of her can partner well with the parts of her that are considered not as female to make a great leader.”

Stephen Colbert Hosts Fundraiser for Sister in South Carolina

Comedian Stephen Colbert hosted a $5,200 a plate fundraiser for his sister, Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, who is running for the vacant 1st Congressional House seat in South Carolina, Feb. 23.

Colbert-Busch is vying to be the Democratic nominee for the seat previously held by Sen. Tim Scott before he was appointed to fill Sen. Jim DeMint‘s seat who retired from Congress.

Colbert headlined a fundraiser for Colbert-Busch in New York City on Feb. 22, with tickets ranging between $500 – $2,500 dollars, according to the New York Daily News.

The South Carolina event was reportedly hosted at bowling alley in Charleston, where the siblings are originally from. The next morning, the duo served a breakfast for supporters.

In the past, Colbert has contemplated a career in politics. In both 2008 and 2012, Colbert mulled a presidential run.

Clint Eastwood Signs Petition In Support of Gay Marriage

Actor Clint Eastwood signed a petition that was presented to the Supreme Court late last week in support of gay marriage, ABC news reported.

The petition was presented to the Court prior to their review of California’s Prop. 8 that banned gay marriage in the state.

Eastwood joined nearly 100 other notable Republicans in supporting gay marriage. Others on the list included former California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman, former congresswoman Mary Bono Mack and former commerce secretary under President George W. Bush, Carlos Gutierrez.

Eastwood, a proclaimed libertarian, was both praised and scrutinized for his speech at the Republican National Convention late last summer.