DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg raised $1 million for Kentucky’s Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Katzenburg hosted a fundraiser in his Beverly Hills home for Grimes’ campaign to unseat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.). According to the Hollywood Reporter:
As the event concluded shortly before 8 p.m. and the room emptied out, the studio head and his political adviser, Andy Spahn, lingered at a table chatting with the candidate. As Grimes made her own exit, she paused to thank lingering campaign staff members, who laughingly told her the effort “came from the top down,” a reference to the intense hands-on role Katzenberg took in orchestrating the visit.
The total was particularly impressive since individual donors can contribute only $5,200 to a candidate for federal office.
One of the Hollywood insiders who sized Grimes up during the whirlwind visit told THR that — while there are no formal records kept — the $1 million total is thought to be a record for a single visit by a senatorial candidate raising money in the L.A. entertainment industry.