Kamala Harris begins fundraising in Hollywood

Thumbnail image for kamala-harris-paul-chinn-sfc.jpgCalifornia Attorney General Kamala Harris is scheduled to hold her first local Senate campaign fundraiser tonight in Bel Air. It will be at the home of producer and co-founder of 3 Arts Entertainment Michael Rotenberg and his wife Shannon. Harris has raised money well in Hollywood circles before. From Tina Daunt at the Hollywood Reporter:

The entertainment industry became early supporters of Harris during her days as district attorney in San Francisco, when director JJ Abrams and wife Katie McGrath spotted the lawyer’s political potential.

According to an invite obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, those attending the Wednesday fundraiser for Harris’ Senate campaign include: Showtime president David Nevins and wife Andrea; TV writer and producer Chuck Lorre; Dayna and Steven Bochco; producers Sarah Timberman and Ed Redlich; “Hot in Hollywood” designer Laurie Feltheimer, wife of Lions Gate CEO Jon Feltheimer; Childrens Defense Fund director Carol Biondi; celebrity attorney Blair Berk; Showtime Networks’ communications head Trisha Cardoso; State of Affairs producer Julia Franz; casting director Sharon Klein; Chrisette Hudlin, wife of film director and producer Reginald Hudlin; Lysa Heslov, wife of producer Grant Heslov; attorney Julia Sorkin; and former music industry executive Laura Wasserman.

Art Torres, the former Los Angeles area lawmaker and state Democratic Party chair, endorsed Harris this week. Former mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is expected to decide this week whether he is in the 2016 race for U.S. Senate.

Also: Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced this morning that he will start raising money to run for governor in 2018.

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