Jeffrey Katzenberg has donated $ 600,000 to an independent committee supporting Karen Buss for Los Angeles mayor, as polls show California Congresswoman is facing stiff competition from billionaire developer Rick Caruso.
Community United contributed to the 2022 mayoral race earlier this month. Katzenberg was one of the committee’s initial donors, contributing 250,000 to help the committee begin in early March. Other contributors came from JJ Abrams and Katie McGrath, who each paid $ 125,000, as well as other industry figures, including Barry Meyer and Jennifer Garner. The committee is also supported by SEIU. Los Angeles Times First report Katzenberg’s recent grant.
Katzenberg was among those who helped persuade the bus to run last summer, candidate Vanity Fair said. At the time, there was concern among Los Angeles Democrats that a star candidate was needed for the field – and the bus bill fit. President Joe Biden considered him a vice president in 2020, as he has served in Congress since 2011 and is a former speaker of the California State Assembly.
Meanwhile, Bus is hosting an event at Abrams’ Bad Robot on Tuesday, with vice presidents including McGraw, Shonda Rhymes, Norman and Lynn Lear, Damon and Heidi Lindelof, Nina Shaw, Christy Haubeger and Matt Johnson.
But Caruso’s entry into the race in February changed the dynamics of the race, creating a real rivalry for the front-runner spot. Caruso has been able to use his own personal fortune to blanket Los Angeles Airways in a campaign focused on homelessness and City Hall corruption. The Los Angeles Times reported in late April that Caruso had spent more than $ 23 million on the bus, compared to 800,000. A survey last month found the two candidates were almost equal. Hollywood personalities who support Caruso include Ted Sarandos of Netflix and J. Suresh of UTA.
Competing fields in the June 7 primary have shrunk in recent days. Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino dropped out last week and backed Caruso, while Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer walked out of the race on Tuesday and threw support for the bus. Also running is Councilman Kevin de Leon.