Hillary Clinton Feted By Elton John, Hollywood Figures at Final L.A. Pre-Election Fundraiser

Ted Johnson
Variety

Hillary Clinton returned to Los Angeles for one last fundraising swing before the general election, at a high-dollar fundraiser where Elton John performed to an industry-centric crowd.

John opened by singing “Your Song,” after being introduced by Casey and Laura Wasserman, who hosted the event at their new home along Foothill Road.

Clinton gave what was described by one attendee as an “energized” and a call to get out the vote. She praised John for his philanthropy, and even quipped that the would switch roles some day (he’d do the political speech, she’d sing.”

There were a few digs at Donald Trump. Casey Wasserman, in introducing Clinton, said he wasn’t sure how she was able to get up on a debate stage and face Trump. According to an attendee, John said of Clinton, “We have to elect this humanitarian — we cannot let this barbarian in office.”

Among the 135 people or so present: Barbra Streisand, Skip Paul, Berry Gordy, Ken Ziffren, Craig Jacobson and Steve Tisch. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti spoke, and other guests included Marc Nathanson, Jon Vein, Russell Goldsmith, Gloria Allred and Evelyn de Rothschild and Lynn Forester de Rothschild. Co-hosts of the event were Jeffrey and Marilyn Katzenberg, Sean and Alexandra Parker, Haim and Cheryl Saban, Chris and Crystal Sacca and Thomas and Alba Tull. Others who committed to the event: Damon Lindelof and Seth MacFarlane.

Tickets to the event started at $33,400, and went up to $100,000 to be listed as a co-chair.

Although polls are looking much more favorable for Clinton, one attendee said that there was a note of caution. “I don’t think anyone was resting on their laurels because it is such a turbulent election,” the attendee said.

The event was on the same property where Casey Wasserman’s grandfather, Lew, hosted political figures for decades. That included Bill Clinton, who was the headliner at a fundraiser at the home after he secured the nomination in 1992. Casey Wasserman said he hoped she would have the luck the location gave her husband.

John also sang “Circle of Life” and dedicated it to Katzenberg, according to an attendee.

Across town, in Santa Monica, Vice President Joseph Biden and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi attended an event at the home of Peter and Megan Chernin to raise money for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Tickets started at $5,000 per person, and an attendee said that the gathering drew about 40 people.

This may have been Clinton’s final L.A. visit, but it isn’t her campaign’s last fundraiser in the region. Chelsea Clinton is scheduled to headline an event on Oct. 20 at the home of David and Andrea Nevins, with Kristen Bell as the special guest, according to an invite.

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