Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Romney holds successful fundraiser in... Hollywood

Not your typical Republican venue

From Eric Dondero:

Mitt Romney broke out the star-studded power over the weekend, in his adopted home state of California. The event was emceed by former San Diego Mayor, two-term California Governor and one-time presidential candidate Pete Wilson.

From Variety, "Mitt Romney Gains Donor Support in L.A. Visit":
The Los Angeles crowd that showed up for Mitt Romney's fundraiser at the Century Plaza Hotel on Tuesday was about twice as big as his last fete, with about 600 donors helping the campaign reap an estimated $1.5 million.

That's according to Harry Sloan, chairman and CEO of Golden Eagle Acquisition Corp. and one of the GOP front runner's show biz fundraisers. Also at the event were Terry Semel, former chairman and co-CEO of Warner Bros., and producer Jerry Bruckheimer.
Heavy Hitter Movie Studio CEOs & Business Execs

Excerpt - Sloan bio:
In October 2005, Sloan joined Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM) as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, one year after a $5 billion private equity buyout of the studio. During Sloan's tenure, he led MGM to revive the James Bond, Rocky and Pink Panther franchises and created a partnership with Peter Jackson and New Line Cinema to produce two Hobbit movies.
Excerpt - Semel bio:
Terry Semel was chairman and CEO of Yahoo from April 2001 to June 2007, when he resigned partially over a salary dispute. Prior to joining Yahoo!, Terry worked at Warner Brothers for 24 years as chairman and co-chief executive director.
From Bruckheimer Hollywood profile:
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Strang... (FILM) May. 20, 2011
The Sorcerer's Apprentice (FILM) Jul. 14, 2010
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (FILM) May. 28, 2010
G-Force (FILM) Jul. 24, 2009
From the Music business

the candidate gave a shout out to composer and record producer David Foster, who also was there. Foster worked with Romney on the ceremonies for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
From his bio:
David Foster is the ultimate Hit Man. Producer, songwriter, TV host, discoverer of talent, noted author, hit maker and record company executive – and an artist whose influence in some of the biggest names in the music business... He has been an integral part of the biggest and best talents in the music industry including Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston, Andrea Bocelli, Chicago, Michael BublĂ©, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Josh Groban, Earth Wind & Fire, N'Sync, The Corrs, Natalie Cole, Kenny Loggins, Kenny Rogers, Chaka Khan, The Tubes, All 4 One, Michael Bolton, Brandy and a few thousand more.
More support from Hollywood to come...
"We're starting to pick up a lot more Hollywood support, and we will continue to pick up more too," said Sloan, who said that a showbiz-centric event is in the works for after Romney secures the nomination.

The $2,500-per-person event was dominated by donors from finance, legal and other professions, as well as political figures from the state.
Note - Romney's main home is in La Jolla, San Diego County, about a 2 hour drive from downtown Los Angeles.

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