Biden seeks star pow­er from Hol­ly­wood in Cal­i­for­nia fundrais­ing blitz

Pres­i­dent Joe Biden is seek­ing fund­ing for his reelec­tion cam­paign this week­end from some of Hol­ly­wood’s elite at six fundrais­ing events in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia.
The first event took place on Fri­day night in the back­yard of celebri­ty design­er Michael Smith’s and his part­ner, James Cos­tos’s home. The event drew big names, includ­ing leg­endary direc­tor Steven Spiel­berg, Broad­way star Bar­bara Streisand, pro­duc­er Rob Rein­er, and tele­vi­sion titan Shon­da Rhimes.
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Rock star Lenny Kravitz per­formed at the event, and for­mer House Speak­er Nan­cy Pelosi (D‑CA) was also in atten­dance and addressed the crowd.
“The pent-up excite­ment, enthu­si­asm is real­ly unprece­dent­ed,” Jef­frey Katzen­berg, a co-founder of Dream­Works Pic­tures and long­time Demo­c­ra­t­ic pres­i­den­tial fundrais­er in Los Ange­les, told the Asso­ci­at­ed Press. “Peo­ple are excit­ed. They’re mobi­lized. And they’ve been wait­ing months to show their sup­port for him.”
Tick­et prices for Fri­day’s event ranged from $1,000 for gen­er­al admis­sion to $500,000 to attend at “chair­man” lev­el.
This weekend’s events are aimed at help­ing the pres­i­dent reach a fundrais­ing tar­get of rough­ly $67 mil­lion for the fourth quar­ter of the year. He raised at least $8 mil­lion on Fri­day night alone.
The trip to Los Ange­les marks the first time the pres­i­dent has cam­paigned there since announc­ing his reelec­tion bid. Most pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates try to raise funds in Cal­i­for­nia, but …