Two Hollywood fundraisers planned for Harris this week: report

Two Hollywood fundraisers planned for Harris this week: report

Universal Filmed Entertainment Group Chairman Jeff Shell will hold a fundraiser for Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisWarren overtakes Biden in Iowa for first time: poll Iowa GOP swipes at 2020 Democrats' meat positions as candidates attend annual Steak Fry Warren avoids attacks while building momentum MORE (D-Calif.) on Saturday in hopes of rallying Hollywood support behind her presidential bid.

Variety reports that Shell will host Harris following a fundraiser earlier that day hosted by David Cooley, CEO of a West Hollywood eatery and nightclub.

A spokesman for Harris did not immediately confirm those plans when reached for comment by The Hill.


The fundraisers would be the biggest in the state for Harris since she announced her candidacy earlier this month, putting her ahead of other announced presidential hopefuls like Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren overtakes Biden in Iowa for first time: poll Warren avoids attacks while building momentum Sanders unveils plan to eliminate Americans' medical debt MORE (D-Mass.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandBooker aide sounds alarm about campaign's funding O'Rourke gun confiscation talk alarms Democrats Gillibrand relaunches PAC to elect women MORE (D-N.Y.) who have yet to lock down major Hollywood donors.

Harris pulled in front of her competition this week with the first congressional endorsements of any announced contender, scooping up pledges of support from fellow California Reps. Ted LieuTed W. LieuTed Lieu congratulates first Asian American cast member on 'Saturday Night Live' Ocasio-Cortez renews impeachment call amid probe involving Trump's Scotland property Oversight panel investigating Air Force crew's stop at Trump property in Scotland MORE (D) and Katie HillKatherine (Katie) Lauren HillLawmakers beat reporters in annual spelling bee competition Young insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight Polling director: Young voters swayed by health care, economy, gun control MORE (D).

She also spoke at a CNN town hall event in Iowa this week, increasing her name recognition among early primary voters in the state. During the event she backed the Green New Deal, a jobs and infrastructure proposal aimed at transitioning America's energy grid toward renewable sources.

"I support a Green New Deal," she said while knocking politicians who take campaign contributions from non-renewable energy companies. "I think that the fact that we have policymakers who are in the pockets of big oil and big coal don't fully appreciate the fact that we are looking at something that is presenting an existential threat to our country."