Hollywood money arrives just as the plot thickens
Timing is everything in politics, although not always in a good way.
On the same day Al Jazeera America broke the story of a Hollywood-themed FBI sting ensnaring state Sen. Ron Calderon, a campaign committee of Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg reported several contributions from Tinsel Town movie interests.
Steinberg’s 2018 campaign for lieutenant governor collected more than $27,000 in donations from director Steven Spielberg, his wife, Kate Capshaw, DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg and his wife, Marilyn Katzenberg, according to a filing with the secretary of state’s office.
Steinberg is mentioned several times in a 124-page FBI affidavit, but has not been implicated in the case.
“The senator is proud to be supported by thousands of Californians, including these individuals,” Steinberg spokesman Jason Kinney said of the donations. “As is our strict policy, there was absolutely no connection between this outside fundraising and any policy or pending legislation.”
By the end of the day Thursday, Steinberg moved to remove Calderon from his slot on the California Film Commission.
Gov. Jerry Brown will stay closer to home today, heading down to the port of Oakland for a groundbreaking of the Oakland Global Trade and Logistics Center. Brown and other advocates are touting the plan as a way to transport cargo more efficiently with fewer environmental impacts.