President Obama raised money for the Democratic National Committee at the Beverly Hills home of Tyler Perry on June 19.
Obama reportedly spoke about criminal justice reform, according to The Hill.
“We should be reforming our criminal justice system in such a way that we are not incarcerating nonviolent offenders in ways that renders them incapable of getting a job after they leave office,” said Obama.
“Little slip of the tongue there. Little Freudian slip. Tyler is going to give me a job once I leave.”
Actress January Jones and “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner were in attendance, as well as former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, former NBA player Jason Collins and Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos.
Attendees paid between $2,500 and $33,400 for tickets to the event.
Following the fundraiser, Obama privately met with director Steven Spielberg and producer Jeffrey Katzenberg at the Beverly Hills Hotel, according to the National Journal.
Neil Young is no fan of Donald Trump.
During Trump’s presidential announcement last week, Young’s Rockin’ in the Free World was played and the rocker was none too happy.
“Donald Trump was not authorized to use ‘Rockin’ In The Free World’ in his presidential candidacy announcement,” said a statement from Young’s manager.
Young then endorsed Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for the presidential race.
“Neil Young, a Canadian citizen, is a supporter of Bernie Sanders for President of the United States of America.”
A bevy of Hollywood A-listers turned out for Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton at a fundraiser in Los Angeles on June 19.
Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and his wife Jennifer Meyer, Elizabeth Banks, Dustin Lance Black, and producers Howard Gordon and Bruce Cohen were among the Hollywood stars opening up their wallets for Clinton.
Maguire and Meyer, as well as HBO’s Michael Lombardo, opened their homes for two separate events for the former Secretary of State.
Tickets for the exclusive events were priced at $2,700 per person. This is Clinton’s second trip to Los Angeles for fundraisers since announcing her candidacy for president. In May, Clinton raised a reported $3 million at the homes of Steven Bochco and Haim Saban.
The entertainment industry’s left-leaning political bent has made Clinton an early favorite for the 2016 election.
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California attorney general and United States senate candidate Kamala Harris has won the financial support of many big Hollywood names, The Hill reports.
Singer John Legend ($2,000), Family Guy writer Seth MacFarlane ($5,000), actor Sean Penn ($5,000), Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg ($5,200), director Rob Reiner ($2,700) and producer Laurie David ($5,400).
Other names to pop up on campaign finance reports include producers Norman Lear and Chuck Lorre, Steven Bochco, former ESPN personality and now-NFL Network host Rich Eisen, talent agent Ari Emanuel, model Julianne Phillips, producer Brian Grazer, Viacom President Doug Herzog, Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn and NBCUniversal Vice Chairman Ron Meyer.
Harris is running to replace retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.).
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Tagged Alan Horn, Ari Emanuel, Brian Grazer, California, Chuck Lorre, Doug Herzog, Hollywood, John Legend, Julianne Phillips, Kamala Harris, Laurie David, Norman Lear, Rich Eisen, Rob Reiner, Ron Meyer, Sean Penn, Seth MacFarlane, Sheryl Sandberg, Steven Bochco
Since her campaign launch in early April, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has attracted wide support from the entertainment industry. While many celebrities and industry types have voiced support on social media and in interviews, others are putting their money where their mouths are. Here’s a round up of celebrities hosting and attending Clinton fundraisers:
Clinton’s first fundraiser in New York on April 28 attracted famous faces including Tony Bennett and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen (as seen below).
A couple weeks later, Beyoncé attended another Clinton fundraiser in New York. The event was hosted by music mogul L.A. Reid. The Clinton campaign publicized the singer’s attendance on social media.
It was announced last week that Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga are hosting a fundraiser for Clinton in New York on June 24. The event is being described as “intimate performance in support of Hillary for America,” according to Variety.
A few days later, Clinton is traveling across the river to New Jersey to raise money with rocker Jon Bon Jovi on June 29. Bon Jovi is set to perform and tickets range from $1,000 to $2,700.
The Killers’ lead singer, Brandon Flowers, recently told Rolling Stone he had lunch with former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney during the 2012 campaign. Flowers, a fellow Mormon, didn’t admit who he voted for, but offered praise for the former Massachusetts governor.
RS: You had lunch with Mitt Romney, a fellow Mormon, during his campaign, right?
Flowers: You know, he was a nice guy. I don’t have anything bad to say about him. I think he’s a leader, and I think he would have been a great president.
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