Cory Booker, leading man


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Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) is a Hollywood favorite, and he allegedly is romantically involved with a Los Angeles-based lawyer, so we’d expect he frequents the other coast.

On Thursday, he returns to the City of Angels for a starring role at a fundraiser to be held at a Hollywood boutique hotel. The next day he’ll be at a happy hour at a nightclub in San Francisco.

A quick perusal of the Booker campaign’s 665-page Federal Election Commission campaign-finance report shows almost $3,000 in charges for stays at seven different hotels in the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas in the first quarter of 2014. The campaign also spent $400 at Izzy’s Brooklyn Bagels in Palo Alto (you can take the guy out of the Northeast, but you can’t take the Northeast out of the guy).

Booker’s campaign told the Loop the hotel stays were for the politician and his staff over one February trip that included several stops. On that trip, we know Booker attended a fundraiser at the Beverly Hills home of Linda and Bob Gersh, who run a talent agency that’s been the family business for more than 60 years. The couple also hosted Booker in July 2013.

The entertainment industry ranks fourth in top industries that donated to Booker last year, according to Opensecrets.org. With a hat tip to the Sunlight Foundation’s Party Time database, here are other documented fundraisers held for Booker in the Golden State:

  • September 2013, just before the special election to fill the late senator Frank Lautenberg’s seat, Booker was in San Francisco raising money before bopping down to Los Angeles a few days later for a star-studded fundraiser hosted by Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner at the home of billionaire Ron Burkle.
  • April 2013, film producer Jerry Weintraub hosted Booker at his Beverly Hills home where director Steven Spielberg was among the many industry guests. The day after he went to San Francisco for a reception at a law firm.
  • Booker was in San Francisco in March 2013 for another campaign fundraiser at the home of an investment banker.

Booker, a celebrity in his own right, raised as much money for his 2014 reelection campaign in the first three months of this year as he has Twitter followers — nearly $1.5 million.

Colby Itkowitz is a national reporter for In The Loop.

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