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Hollywood chiefs back Jerry Brown

October 01, 2009|Tina Daunt

Three of Hollywood's top political heavyweights didn't waste any time throwing their support behind California Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown, who announced on Tuesday that he was filing papers to explore a run for governor.

An advisor to Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen disclosed Wednesday that the three men would be hosting a fundraiser for Brown in L.A. on Nov. 18.

"This should be a huge launching pad for Brown's candidacy," said Andy Spahn, who is organizing the event.

Up until now, Brown has been quietly raising money in Hollywood, tapping his old friends from the 1970s, including Cindy and Glenn Frey, Sharon and Don Henley, Jena and Michael King, Deborah and Jeff Wald, and Ellen and Ken Ziffren.

Also making the money rounds is San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, who is admired in Hollywood for his leadership role against Proposition 8, the statewide measure that banned gay marriage.

The question: Will the industry back the guy they've known for years (Brown is 71) or the fresh young face (Newsom is 41) in California's 2010 Democratic gubernatorial primary?

-- Tina Daunt

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