A fundraiser event led by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and featuring Jimmy Kimmel and DJ Khaled raised $1.5 million for Democratic political causes, the mayor announced Wednesday.
The “1 Night, $1 Million, 10 States, 100s of Victories” event at Avalon Hollywood on Tuesday broke its goal and raised at least $100,000 each for the state Democratic parties of California, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, Michigan, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
“We are taking a unique and strategic approach to these midterms,” Garcetti said. “State Democratic parties are where it all comes together — they’re working to flip Congress, and secure victories in 2020 and beyond by winning state legislative seats and registering voters. Keep in mind that state legislatures are in charge of drawing — or gerrymandering — House districts. Our opponents certainly do.”
The fundraiser was inspired by a Garcetti-led May event that raised $100,000 for the South Carolina Democratic Party, organizers said.
Tickets for the fundraiser benefiting the Democratic Midterm Victory Fund were initially announced as ranging from $1,000 to $100,000; however, general admission tickets were available online Monday for $50.