- Ted Johnson
Bernie Sanders to Hold Fundraiser in Hollywood As He Attacks Some of Showbiz's High Dollar Donors
Bernie Sanders will headline a fundraiser on July 25 at the Montalban Theatre in Hollywood, marking his first major event in L.A. of this campaign to draw small- and high- dollar donors.
The event is being billed as "an evening of music, art and culture, and a special address from Senator Bernie Sanders about our campaign and how you can be part of the Political Revolution," according to an invite. The $27-per-person tickets are already sold out, but the campaign also is offering contributions at $100-per-person, and at entry levels up to $2,800 each.
During his 2016 presidential bid, Sanders made only a handful of stops in L.A. for fundraising, including an event at the Avalon Nightclub that featured Seth MacFarlane. This cycle, Sanders has drawn contributions from figures such as Adam McKay and Danny DeVito, but his support from high-profile Hollywood figures is scant compared to other candidates such as Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and Pete Buttigieg. Buttigieg, in fact, will be raising money on July 25 as well, in a fundraising swing that includes an event at the home of NBCUniversal International President Kevin MacLellan and his husband Brian Curran, with Ellen DeGeneres, Sean Hayes and Jason Bateman among the cohosts.
Some industry Democratic donors already have said that they would have trouble supporting Sanders if he is the nominee. Sanders has attacked the billionaire and corporate class, even those who are longtime supporters of Democrats. He's attacked Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Iger for his hefty pay package, and he recently touted media mogul Haim Saban's criticism as one of his "anti-endorsements."
"We welcome their hatred," Sanders wrote in a tweet.
Photo: By Gage Skidmore from Peoria, Arizona.