Republican candidate for president Mitt Romney has a $2,500-a-person fundraiser scheduled Tuesday night at the Century Plaza. The event is "heavy in co-hosts from the world of finance and private equity, but not so much in entertainment," says Variety's Ted Johnson.
Among the few from the showbiz realm is Harry Sloan, chairman and CEO of Golden Eagle Acquisition Corp., but he says they are waiting until Romney secures the nomination to have an industry-centric event like those that John McCain had in the last presidential cycle....
Donors to Romney's campaign include Terry Semel and Bruce Ramer, each long active in GOP fundraising, as well as entertainers like singer Donny Osmond. A pro-Romney SuperPAC, Restore Our Future, has drawn contributions from media mogul Jerry Perenchio, former chief of Univision, who gave $500,000 in February, adding to the $2.1 million he has given to other SuperPACs this cycle. Other politically active industry figures have donated to other candidates. Producer Joel Surnow gave to Newt Gingrich's campaign last year.
The story is on Johnson's Wilshire and Washington blog, so in front of the Variety paywall. Johnson previously posted that Rick Santorum will be in Beverly Hills for a fundraiser co-hosted by Pat Boone and his wife Shirley at the home of Fred Wehba, co-founder of BentleyForbes.
Programming note: Romney will also tape Jay Leno while he's here.