WASHINGTON--With a big assist from Hollywood producers and studios, Mayor Rahm Emanuel scooped up $378,700 from individuals in the first quarter of 2013, building a $1.9 million warchest in his main campaign fund, Chicago for Rahm Emanuel.
A companion fund controlled by Emanuel, The Chicago Committee, reported raising $110,000 in the past three months, according to finance disclosure reports filed Monday with the State of Illinois.
To be precise, Emanuel has $1,908,696.08 on hand for a 2015 re-election bid, a sum to ponder as the Chicago Teachers Union is starting to organize against his re-election.
Emanuel's brother, Ari, is a Hollywood agent; the mayor held a fund-raiser in Los Angeles a few weeks ago.
Among the Hollywood donors:
Disney CEO Robert Iger
Windsor Media president Terry Semel
NBC Universal President Ronald Meyer
HBO Executive Michael Lombardo
Overbrook Entertainment co-founder James Lassiter
A Squared Entertainment executive Andy Heyward
Former Disney chier Michael Eisner
Writer producer Laurie David
Writer Aaron Sorkin
Pamplona Productions writer Amy Lippman
Picturemaker Productions writer producer director Glenn Caron