Hollywood Still Eager to Cut Checks for Obama

Hollywood Still Eager to Cut Checks for Obama

The entertainment industry is still sore that the Obama administration didn’t get that online piracy legislation passed. And celebrities like Matt Damon and Robert Redford may kevetch about some of the president’s policies.

But when Obama touches down in Los Angeles today he’ll be greeted by the industry with open arms … and wallets.

As Obama arrives in Los Angeles on Wednesday, local campaign fundraisers said there has been no drop-off in Hollywood donations to his reelection bid since the D.C. demise of long-sought anti-piracy legislation. Hollywood’s chief lobbyist Chris Dodd suggested last month that Obama and his fellow Democrats could pay a price for not representing the industry’s interests in Washington.

But there was no evidence of that in the run-up to Wednesday’s fundraising events. A dinner and a reception at the Holmby Hills home of “The Bold and the Beautiful” producer Bradley Bell and his wife, Colleen, co-hosted by actor Will Ferrell and his wife, Viveca, sold out faster than any fundraiser in the last several years, according to Ken Solomon, co-chairman of Obama’s Southern California fundraising committee.

The reception, featuring an acoustic set by recent Grammy winners the Foo Fighters, will run $250 to $500 per person. A small private dinner, which will cost $35,800 a head, will follow. The two events are expected to raise more than $3 million for the campaign and Democratic National Committee.