PHOENIX — Democratic gubernatorial candidate David Garcia quietly attended a fundraiser Thursday co-hosted by Hollywood celebrities like Alec Baldwin and Alyssa Milano.
The fundraiser was first reported by the entertainment-business trade magazine Variety. It was attended by two other Democratic candidates, Stacey Abrams and Andrew Gillum, who are running for governor of Georgia and Florida, respectively.
The same trio attended an event in Washington, D.C., last month, where they received an endorsement from People for the American Way, a liberal group with ties to the secretive Democracy Alliance donor club.
Thursday’s fundraiser, which took place at the Beverly Hills home of Heather Thomas and Skip Brittenham, was co-hosted by entertainment figures like Alec Baldwin, Rashida Jones, Norman Lear, Alyssa Milano, and Tracee Ellis Ross, according to the magazine, noting that “Hollywood has given lopsided support to Democrats for decades.”
Thomas, an actress, and Brittenham, a lawyer, have become major donors to Democratic candidates and causes over the years, contributing thousands of dollars to the campaigns of Senator Elizabeth Warren, former Senator Al Franken, and others.
The fundraiser’s co-hosts also are notable supporters of liberal causes. Baldwin is best known these days for his recurring impressions mocking President Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live, while Milano has ramped up her political donations, contributing to the failed campaigns of Democrats like Jon Ossoff and Brianna Westbrook.
Garcia — whose campaign was criticized earlier this month for having “trampled on” a grassroots demonstration organized by teachers — recently lost the endorsement of the American Federation of Teachers to his Democratic primary opponent, State Senator Steve Farley of Tucson.