Hollywood, Tech, Latino Titans Won Calif. for Clinton

Director Reiner among key pieces of Hillary's defeat of Obama
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 7, 2008 1:59 PM CST
Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., smiles with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, center, as they look at Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., during a rally in San...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Hillary Clinton won the California primary on the strength of deep relationships with the state’s entertainment, Silicon Valley, and Hispanic communities, reports the Washington Post. Four figures that fought to tip the scales her way:

  • Filmmaker Rob Reiner worked full-time for Hillary, holding a $500,000 fundraiser for her and making a video for her that was viewed a million times.

  • United Farm Workers co-founder Doloros Huerta brought together grass-roots leaders from each of Mexico’s states and got them to unite behind the former first lady.
  • Tech entrepreneur Amy Rao found 100 Californians to max out Clinton donations on a single day, and also held five fundraising events that brought in over $1 million total.
  • LA mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who flew to Iowa five times and spent a week in New Hampshire on Hillary’s behalf, worked so many hours for her in the Golden State that he had to remind people, “I’m also running Los Angeles.”