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December 8, 2011 | By James Oliphant
Newt Gingrich witnessed the Occupy movement up close and personal Wednesday night. Protesters crashed his presidential fundraiser at a restaurant next to the storied Willard InterContinental Hotel in downtown D.C., about a baseball's throw from the White House. According to reports, only a handful of protesters were able to enter the hotel and none of them made it to Gingrich. Instead, they held a rally outside and peered through the restaurant's glass windows as Gingrich met with members of Congress and lobbyists seeking contributions to help him fuel is newfound Newtmentum.
April 27, 2014 | By Jean Merl
Attorney Barbara Mulvaney prosecuted killers in Rwanda and promoted democracy for the U.S. State Department in Iraq before returning to Los Angeles and running for Congress. She could hardly believe it when a local Democratic club barred her - and several other candidates of that party - from the dais at a recent campaign forum. "I'm a very qualified candidate," Mulvaney said in an interview, taking issue with the club's decision to include only those who had raised at least $200,000 for their campaigns.
March 18, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
Democratic state senators gathered in La Jolla over the weekend to enjoy rounds of golf and high-priced meals and lodging at an annual fundraiser paid for largely by an association of cable television companies seeking favorable treatment on legislation. The 2013 Pro Tem Cup hosted by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg at Torrey Pines Golf Course is a major fundraiser for the state Democratic Party. The event's lead sponsor each year is the California Cable and Telecommunications Assn., which last year reported contributing $100,000 to the party around the time of the fundraiser.
April 26, 2014 | By Ellen Olivier
The event: Taste for a Cure, a fundraiser for UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation honoring Steve Mosko, president of Sony Pictures Television, featured a stand-up routine by comedian Tom Papa, two songs by Darren Criss and a surprise duet by Criss and Lea Michele, which surprised Michele as much as it happily surprised the audience. The scene: Beneath projections of the Eiffel Tower that flanked the Beverly Wilshire's ballroom on Friday, guests enjoyed a food-filled reception of French specialties and fine wines before taking their places for plates of cheeses and desserts, a live auction and official ceremonies.
September 28, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON -- Things have been looking so good for President Obama lately that he's starting to worry they might be too good. Speaking at a fundraiser on Friday night, Obama told his supporters not to pop the champagne too early.  "This is going to be a race,” the president told a group of donors at the home of Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.) “We're going to have to work our hearts out over the next 39 days. " "I don't want anyone to feel that somehow we're done six weeks out.” Obama has enjoyed a string of improved polling numbers in important swing states this week, while his opponent, Mitt Romney, continues to struggle with fallout from his terrible, horrible, no good, very bad last week.
July 25, 2012 | By Melanie Mason
WASHINGTON -- Oscar winner Robert Duvall is bringing a little Hollywood cachet to the Mitt Romney fundraising effort. Duvall and his wife, Luciana, are to host Romney supporters at their home in rural Virginia in early September, according to an invitation obtained by the National Journal . Ann Romney is also slated to appear. Tickets range from $2,500 per person to attend a general reception to $25,000 a head for dinner. It's not the first time the actor, whose film credits include "To Kill A Mockingbird," " The Godfather, " The Godfather Part II" and "Apocalypse Now," has gotten involved with Republican politics.
July 28, 2012 | By Maeve Reston
JERUSALEM -- Sheldon Adelson, the casino magnate who has committed more than $30 million to independent efforts to defeat President Obama, is expected to be among the donors mingling with Mitt Romney on Monday at a fundraiser in Jerusalem. But the Romney campaign has decided to bar reporters from that event -- breaking the protocol of an agreement developed with reporters and the campaign months ago. The presumed Republican nominee's campaign opened fundraisers to a small pool of reporters in May, as long as they were being held in public venues like hotels and restaurants.
October 23, 2013 | By Anthony York
Gov. Jerry Brown hasn't yet announced if he will seek an unprecedented fourth term as California governor next year, but his fundraising schedule suggests strongly that he will. Next month, Disney's Alan Horn, DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, Steven Spielberg and other Hollywood powerhouses will host a Bel-Air fundraiser for the governor. The event, first reported by the Hollywood Reporter, will ask guests to pay at least $5,000 per person to attend. At the end of 2012, Brown had more than $10 million in a campaign account for his 2014 reelection.
August 6, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON - As his campaign gets outdone again on the fundraising front , President Obama is returning to one of his most reliable sources for cash: Hollywood types. It'll be familiar faces, different backdrop for Monday night's fundraising trip to a tony town in Connecticut. Producer Harvey Weinstein is hosting Obama at his Westport home. Actress Anne Hathaway and screenwriter and producer Aaron Sorkin are also listed as co-hosts for the $35,800-a-ticket soiree. Paul Newman's widow, Joanne Woodward, is also expected to attend, along with about 60 others.
February 23, 2012 | By Mark K. Matthews, Orlando Sentinel
An All-Star lineup of current and former NBA stars is coming together tonight for an event that won't feature dunks, buzzer beaters or free throws. Instead, the group - which organizers said includes Magic Johnson , Alonzo Mourning and NBA Commissioner David Stern - will meet with President Obama for a $30,000-a-plate fundraiser at the (actual) home court of Dallas Mavericks guard Vince Carter in his Isleworth mansion. "We may see the president challenge Vince Carter to a game of H-O-R-S-E," said John Morgan , a Central Florida lawyer and Democratic booster who helped organize the event in Carter's home gym on the eve of the NBA's All-Star weekend.
April 22, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - A raft of bills to set tougher ethics rules for California politicians cleared their first legislative hurdle Tuesday as the state Senate prepared for a daylong refresher course on standards of conduct. Lawmakers say better adherence to existing rules and tougher restrictions in the future are needed to win back the public's trust after three state senators were charged with crimes. Eleven proposals approved by a Senate committee included a ban on fundraising during the end of legislative sessions, when decisions on many key issues are made; a reduction in the value of gifts that officials may accept; and a prohibition on such items as spa treatments, golf games, concert and professional sports tickets, theme park admissions and gift cards.
April 21, 2014 | By Ellen Olivier
The event:  “Spring Break: Destination Education,” staged carnival style at Sony Studios in Culver City, was a star-studded affair that had tweens, teens and their families lining up half an hour early on Saturday. The fourth annual event raised a record-breaking $1.5 million for City Year Los Angeles . The Hollywood hosts: Shemar Moore of “Criminal Minds” posed nearly nonstop for photos, hoisting one guest on his shoulders for a shot. Julie Bowen of “Modern Family” sang the praises of City Year corps members, who devote a year of their lives to serve as tutors, mentors and role models to students who might otherwise drop out of school.
April 21, 2014 | By Joe Flint
Was it an act of altruism or a scam? That's the big question behind media executive Darlene Tipton's efforts to raise money for the family and girlfriend of Philip Wood, a passenger who was on the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Tipton, a vice president at Fox Cable Networks, was fired April 9 after using her work email to contact Wood's girlfriend, Sarah Bajc. The cable executive said in the email that she wanted to discuss a plan to raise $22 million for Bajc and Wood's family via the website GoFundMe.
April 17, 2014 | By Steve Chawkins
John Claerhout, a former Boy Scouts of America executive known for his finesse at fundraising and his promotion of scouting programs for thousands of inner-city Los Angeles teenagers, has died in a Northridge hospital. He was 85. Claerhout underwent quadruple bypass surgery two weeks before his April 4 death from complications of pneumonia, said his son Kevyn Claerhout. Claerhout was a masterful networker who recruited a stream of local and national celebrities for gala dinners benefiting the Scouts.
April 10, 2014 | By Seema Mehta
One of the organizations founded to prod Hillary Rodham Clinton to seek the White House in 2016 announced Thursday that it had raised more than $1.7 million in the first quarter of this year. All told, the Ready for Hillary "super PAC," one of several groups that are laying the groundwork for a potential Clinton campaign, has raised $5.8 million from more than 55,000 donors, nearly all of whom contributed $100 or less. While other pro-Clinton efforts are focused on deep-pocketed donors and building a rapid-response operation to counter Republican attacks on Clinton, Ready for Hillary is using the money to build a national voter data file, recruit volunteers and organize in early electoral states such as Iowa, where Clinton's loss in 2008 dealt a body blow to her first presidential bid. The group has limited donations to $25,000 and is collecting funds in a multitude of ways, including a gay and lesbian fundraiser Monday in West Hollywood that had the symbolic ticket cost of $20.16, a pricier lobbyist-hosted fundraiser in Washington this month and a direct-mail campaign.
April 8, 2014 | By Ellen Olivier
The event: In advance of Earth Day, which is April 22,  Kiehl's USA threw a celebration to introduce the company's limited edition collection of Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque with labels designed by actors and party co-hosts Ashley Judd and Anthony Mackie. Net proceeds from sales of the collection are earmarked for Recycle Across America , and during the party on April 7 Kiehl's President Chris Salgardo presented a $50,000 check to the organization's executive director, Mitch Hedlund.
January 13, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
Jim Palmer choked up when talking about his autistic son. Fellow Hall of Fame pitcher Ferguson Jenkins paid tribute to the Philadelphia Phillies scout who signed him. Tom Lasorda showed he could still make a room full of people laugh. But Vin Scully was the undisputed star on Saturday night at the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation's annual fundraising dinner. The 1,000-plus people who packed the banquet hall at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza stood and applauded when Bud Selig introduced Scully, who received a leadership award named after the baseball commissioner.
July 8, 2012 | By Maeve Reston
EAST HAMPTON, N.Y. - In a caper that seemed made for the movies, two protesters were arrested Sunday after authorities said they tried to sail across a pond to crash a tony Mitt Romney fundraiser and hit a police boat. The water, it seems, was the only way in to the home of Revlon Inc. Chairman Ronald Perelman. Romney aides and Perelman staff armed with clipboards, along with local police, tightly controlled access to the circular road leading to the luncheon at Perelman's estate - a property secluded among the pines off Montauk Highway.
April 6, 2014 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - The most shameful habit of California legislators arguably is their annual summer shakedown of lobbyists. But it finally may be ending, at least in the Senate. Senate leaders - rocked by the corruption scandals of two fellow Democrats - are hoping to quash the unsavory practice of coercing campaign contributions from special interests while high-stakes bills are pending in the Capitol. Outgoing leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) and his designated replacement, Sen. Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles)
April 6, 2014 | By Michael Finnegan, David Zahniser and Doug Smith
In January, President Obama announced a block-by-block approach to relieving poverty in Los Angeles. Federal money, he said, would pour into a newly created Promise Zone. The boundaries encompassed crowded immigrant communities around MacArthur Park and Koreatown, as well as upscale areas of Hollywood and Los Feliz. Left out was South L.A., where the poverty rate is higher. The exclusion stunned many South L.A. leaders. The strategy, presidential aides said, was to concentrate resources in communities where nonprofits or public agencies had already received one of the Obama administration's signature urban renewal grants.
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