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Jeffrey Katzenberg Throws Hollywood Muscle, Money Into Kentucky Senate Race

Hollywood mega-mogul and major Democrat donor Jeffrey Katzenberg, the guy who dined with Obama the night he was last on The Tonight Show, wants to make it rain in Kentucky, hoping his efforts will produce clouds and curtains for the KY Republican Senator Mitch McConnell.

The really rich, really powerful uber-producer–CEO of Dreamworks Animation, former chairman of Disney Studios who reportedly raised $15 million for Obama at a 2012 fundraiser held at George Clooney’s Los Angeles home, and who personally donated a total of $3 million to the pro-Obama PAC Priorities USA Action–has made unseating conservative Senate Minority Leader McConnell his top political priority for the 2014 mid-term elections. McConnell has already raised $10 million dollars, so Katzenberg & Co. has some catching up to do.

Putting his mouth where is money is, Katzenberg’s thrown his name behind Kentucky secretary of state Alison Lundergan Grimes’ effort to unseat   McConnell, sending out a letter Tuesday urging his thick Rolodex of wealthy Los Angeles Democrats to turn out on Grimes’ behalf during a Sept. 25 and 26  fundraising visit she’s making to the City of Angels. Katzenberg, who has already maxed out his  personal donations to Grimes’ campaign, said in a letter obtained by the Hollywood Reporter:

Alison is the antidote to McConnell and all he represents. She can win, and she will win if she gets the support she needs. Despite McConnell’s name recognition and long tenure, an August 1st Public Policy Poll actually showed her leading by one point — 45 percent to McConnell’s 44 percent. …There is no more important election being held next year in this country. As the Senate’s minority leader since 2007, McConnell has used the filibuster 420 times to block legislation and appointments that were supported by a clear majority of senators. … We are talking about outright obstruction of the democratic process.

Katzenberg is asking his pals to also max out their donor levels, suggesting individual donations of $5,200 and $10,000 per couple. On the agenda so far, a luncheon at Il Moro restaurant with more presumably star-studded events  to be announced.

Thing is, having been to Kentucky, I can safely say that having Hollywood types meddling in their state’s affairs might not be looked at kindly; it’s sorta like having a revenuer take a stroll in your woods.  Kentucky is also a heavily red state, with McConnell winning every race since 1984.

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Jeffrey Katzenberg Throws Hollywood Muscle, Money Into Kentucky Senate Race

Hollywood mega-mogul and major Democrat donor Jeffrey Katzenberg, the guy who dined with Obama the night he was last on The Tonight Show, wants to make it rain in Kentucky, hoping his efforts will produce clouds and curtains for the KY Republican Senator Mitch McConnell.

The really rich, really powerful uber-producer–CEO of Dreamworks Animation, former chairman of Disney Studios who reportedly raised $15 million for Obama at a 2012 fundraiser held at George Clooney’s Los Angeles home, and who personally donated a total of $3 million to the pro-Obama PAC Priorities USA Action–has made unseating conservative Senate Minority Leader McConnell his top political priority for the 2014 mid-term elections. McConnell has already raised $10 million dollars, so Katzenberg & Co. has some catching up to do.

Putting his mouth where is money is, Katzenberg’s thrown his name behind Kentucky secretary of state Alison Lundergan Grimes’ effort to unseat   McConnell, sending out a letter Tuesday urging his thick Rolodex of wealthy Los Angeles Democrats to turn out on Grimes’ behalf during a Sept. 25 and 26  fundraising visit she’s making to the City of Angels. Katzenberg, who has already maxed out his  personal donations to Grimes’ campaign, said in a letter obtained by the Hollywood Reporter:

Alison is the antidote to McConnell and all he represents. She can win, and she will win if she gets the support she needs. Despite McConnell’s name recognition and long tenure, an August 1st Public Policy Poll actually showed her leading by one point — 45 percent to McConnell’s 44 percent. …There is no more important election being held next year in this country. As the Senate’s minority leader since 2007, McConnell has used the filibuster 420 times to block legislation and appointments that were supported by a clear majority of senators. … We are talking about outright obstruction of the democratic process.

Katzenberg is asking his pals to also max out their donor levels, suggesting individual donations of $5,200 and $10,000 per couple. On the agenda so far, a luncheon at Il Moro restaurant with more presumably star-studded events  to be announced.

Thing is, having been to Kentucky, I can safely say that having Hollywood types meddling in their state’s affairs might not be looked at kindly; it’s sorta like having a revenuer take a stroll in your woods.  Kentucky is also a heavily red state, with McConnell winning every race since 1984.


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Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.