Democratic contender Barack Obama has scheduled a "roundtable on economic opportunity" at a private home in Van Nuys tomorrow afternoon. He's also got a fundraiser Wednesday night at the Pacific Palisades home of Marianna and David Fisher, with co-hosts including Tom Unterman, Zeb Rice, Ted Field and others. It's the usual $2,300 requested per person and $25,000 for the co-hosts. Obama's California swing includes a stop Thursday in San Francisco.
Spoiling the party: Nearly 20% of California voters are registered "decline to state" on party preference, up from fewer than 14% in 2000. Democrats lead Republicans 42.5% to 33.8%, but that's down from 45-35 eight years ago. There are 85,000 fewer Democrats in California now, despite the bump up in population and total voters.
Noted: David Fisher is a portfolio manager for Capital International Asset Management. Politico plays the fundraiser as a major Hollywood moment for Obama: "Sponsors of the event include a troupe of top Hollywood names: Interscope’s Ted Field; Phoenix Pictures’ Mike Medavoy; producer Paula Weinstein; environmental activist (and wife of Universal Studios' president) Kelly Meyer; Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton and vice chairman Yair Landau; producer Wendy Wanderman; former MCA Records chief Jay Boberg; former Jim Henson Company CEO Charlie Rivkin; Screen Gems Senior Vice President Eric Paquette; George Clooney’s TV production president, Abby Wolf-Weiss; and various venture capitalists and financiers."