Gillibrand to Hold Campaign Fundraisers in Beverly Hills, Hancock Park

Gillibrand to Hold Campaign Fundraisers in Beverly Hills, Hancock Park

BEVERLY HILLS (CNS) - New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is scheduled to hold fundraisers in Beverly Hills and Hancock Park today for her exploratory committee for a possible campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Gillibrand is set to hold a fundraising brunch in Beverly Hills hosted by Jacqueline and Zack Schiller, with suggested contribution levels of $250, $500, $1,000 and $2,800, according to an invitation obtained by City News Service. The individual donation limit for a presidential candidate is $2,800.

Zack Schiller is president of the Boies/Schiller Film Group, which bills itself as financing and producing mid-level wide-release films.

Gillibrand is scheduled to attend an afternoon reception in Hancock Park whose hosts include the Emmy-nominated actress Connie Britton, a roommate of Gillibrand when they lived in Beijing for a summer in the 1980s as Dartmouth College students.

Tickets are priced at $100, $500 and $2,000.

Gillibrand was scheduled to hold a reception late Saturday afternoon at the home of Allison and Larry Berg, with comedian Will Ferrell and prolific television producer Shonda Rhimes among the co-hosts.

The suggested contribution levels were $500, $1,000 and $2,800, according to an invitation obtained by City News Service.

Like most fundraisers for presidential candidates, the event was closed to the news media.

Larry Berg is chairman of the educational publisher McGraw-Hill Education Inc., senior partner with the alternative investment manager Apollo Global Management and lead managing owner of Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Football Club. Ferrell is part of the team's ownership group.

Gillibrand bills her potential bid for the presidency as “a new kind of campaign, clear in its convictions and committed to fighting for people whose voices have been ignored for too long.”

The visit to the Los Angeles area is Gillibrand's second since she announced formation of the exploratory committee Jan. 15 during an appearance on the CBS late-night talk show “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”

She had a series of events in the Los Angeles area in January with potential contributors.

Gillibrand, who graduated from the UCLA School of Law in 1991, was elected to the first of two terms in the House in 2006. She was appointed to the Senate in 2009 by then-New York Gov. David Paterson to fill the vacancy caused by Hillary Clinton's resignation to become secretary of state.

Gillibrand won a special election in 2010 for the remaining two years of Clinton's term, was elected to a full six-year term in 2012 and re-elected Nov. 6 with 64 percent of the vote.

Gillibrand is among three active or potential candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination set to visit the Los Angeles area in a six- day span.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is scheduled Monday to meet with residents of a mobile home park in the Malibu Hills devastated in the Woolsey Fire. South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg is scheduled to speak in West Hollywood on Thursday.

Like Gillibrand, Buttigieg has announced the formation of an exploratory committee but has not declared his candidacy.

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