Hillary Clinton’s supporters have said that her fund-raising strategy in the second quarter, by contrast with the glitzy big-name events that followed the campaign’ launch, will feature a greater number of smaller-dollar and smaller-crowd events.
Yesterday in Los Angeles, she held a rare single-constituency fund-raiser – it was exclusively for women — at the Bel Air home of Bren Simon, the wife of shopping center mogul Mel Simon.
According to Yashar Hedayat, a key West Coast fund-raiser for Clinton, about 200 women showed up on Sunday for an event that took in what he called a “mid-six-figures” haul. Elected officials at the $1,000 minimum event – menu: mini-cheeseburgers — included Wendy Greuel, the President Pro Tempore of the Los Angeles City Council and Judy Chu, an elected representative on the Board of Equalization, a tax collecting body. The audience also included Ilene Chaiken, the creator and producer or Showtime’s Lesbian drama “the L Word,” Wolfgang Puck’s ex-wife and business partner Barbara Lazaroff and Cheryl Saban, the wife of major Clinton donor Haim Saban.
In her speech, Clinton emphasized her health care plan, and fondly remembered bringing her daughter Chelsea to political events for Geraldine Ferraro, according to Hedayat, who said he was one of the few men in attendance. Clinton then referred to this election as the most historically significant since Ferraro ran for Vice President in 1984.
Clinton will be doing another low-cost event in Los Angeles on May 30 for young professionals. Cost of admission: $250.