Fundraisers say Harris is favorite candidate in Hollywood

Fundraisers say Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisClinton attacks on Gabbard become flashpoint in presidential race Poll: Biden holds 10-point lead nationally over Warren Trump declines to participate in Weather Channel 2020 climate change special MORE (D-Calif.) is the preferred 2020 presidential candidate in Hollywood, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The California lawmaker's fans in the entertainment industry mecca reportedly include director J.J. Abrams, television producer Shonda Rhimes, actress Elizabeth Banks and music giant Quincy Jones.


“I think she’s really trying to corral this community as her donor base,” Hannah Linkenhoker, the senior political strategist at ICM Partners and co-founder of the L.A. Women’s Collective donor group, told the Times.

“To some extent, that’s working. She’s definitely had the most events, and the most high-profile.” 

Harris, who lives in Los Angeles, has counted on the support of many of Hollywood's biggest names since her first campaign in 2003.

Over the last decade, she has collected more than $1.7 million from the entertainment industry, a Times analysis found.

Jane Fonda, Leonardo DiCaprio, Barbra Streisand, Halle Barre, Reese Witherspoon, Ben Affleck, Kerry Washington, Charlize Theron and a long roster of studio executives reportedly gave money to Harris years before she declared her 2020 candidacy.

Donna Bojarsky, a longtime Democratic political consultant in Los Angeles, told the Times that the entertainment industry is more committed than usual to defeating President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want NYT in the White House Veterans group backs lawsuits to halt Trump's use of military funding for border wall Schiff punches back after GOP censure resolution fails MORE in 2020.

“You almost have to look back on Ronald Reagan quaintly,” she said. “It’s a whole different level, and the danger is at a whole different level. We’re arguing about the existence of climate change? This is just insane.”