Biden Returns to Southland for Presidential Bid Fundraiser

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Former Vice President Joe Biden will return to the Los Angeles area today to raise money for his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.

The visit will be Biden's first to the Southland since May, when he attended a midday fundraising discussion in Hancock Park and a big-name gathering in Brentwood estimated to have raised more than $700,000 for his campaign. Biden also had lunch with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti at King Taco in the Pico-Union area.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Biden on Thursday will be attending a fundraiser at the home of Sony Motion Picture Group Chairman Tom Rothman and his wife, Jessica Harper. Co-hosts of the event are expected to include media moguls Jeffrey Katzenberg, Peter Chernin and Amy Pascal.

Agent Bryan Lourd and Warner Bros. Picture Group Chairman Toby Emmerich are also serving as co-hosts, The Times reported. The lengthy list of co-hosts also includes interior designer Michael Smith and his husband, James Costos, former President Barack Obama's ambassador to Spain.

Costos and Smith hosted Biden's May fundraiser at their home in Brentwood. Katzenberg and Chernin were also among the co-hosts of that event.

Entertainment lawyer Skip Brittenham is also expected to attend with his actress wife, Heather Thomas, The Times reported. Also expected are producer and talent manager Eric Ortner, who was instrumental in securing celebrities for Obama's campaign events in 2012, “Joy” producer John Davis and Geffen Records President Neil Jacobson, according to The Times.

It is one of several gatherings Biden is set to attend in the Los Angeles area Thursday and Friday.

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