Joe Biden Plans Pre-Midterm Trek To Los Angeles

Joe Biden plans to return to Los Angeles next week for a pre-midterm swing next week that includes a fundraiser with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

The Oct. 13 event will be for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, tasked with retaining the Democrats’ House majority, according to a DCCC official. Further details will be announced.

Biden was traveling to New York on Thursday, with an itinerary that included a fundraiser at the home of James Murdoch. That event also is for the DCCC.

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Other events also are being scheduled, according to sources.

Biden was last in Los Angeles in June, on a trip that included Democratic National Committee events at the home of Haim and Cheryl Saban and at the home of Andrew Hauptman, with Jeffrey Katzenberg as co-host.

First Lady Jill Biden was in Los Angeles last month, for events including a Democratic Grassroots Victory Fund fundraiser at the home of Marta Kauffman.

With just over four weeks until the Nov. 8 elections, a number of Democratic candidates are breaking away from the campaign trail to raise money in Los Angeles, where Hollywood has long been a reliable source of campaign cash. Sen. Catherine Cortez-Masto (D-NV), Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ) and Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH), all who face tight races, have had recent events or ones on the books.

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks political contributions, showbiz sources have given almost $50 million to federal candidates and committees as of Sept. 22, with 87% of the money going to Democrats. The total looks likely to match or exceed the $56.7 million raised in the last midterm in 2018.

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