How the entertainment industry’s support for Los Angeles mayoral candidates is falling apart

In the close primary for mayor of Los Angeles, the two favorites – Congresswoman Karen Bass and billionaire developer Rick Caruso – saw their support split between the big Hollywood players. Tuesday’s election could lead to a run-off in November if none of the candidates gets more than 50% of the vote needed to win the election.

Over the past few months, celebrities and executives from all over the entertainment and technology industry have expressed support for Bass and Caruso. Initially, Goop actor and CEO Gwyneth Paltrow threw his support behind Caruso, while pop star Ariana Grande backed Bass on Instagram to her 315 million followers. Katy Perry recently tweeted her support for Caruso while Shonda Rhymes co-hosted a Bass event.

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Bass has been a representative of the 37th Congressional District of California – which includes the USC, Culver City and most of Los Angeles south and west of Downtown – since 2011. She made headlines in 2020 when she was considered a potential presidential candidate Joe Biden. Prior to serving in Congress, Bass was a member of the California State Assembly for six years, including two as a speaker. She spent about $ 3.2 million on her campaign, according to Wall St. Journal.

Caruso, who has spent about $ 40 million on his campaign so far, is a billionaire owner of Grove at Farmers Market in LA and Americana at Brand in Glendale. In addition to his real estate development projects, Caruso was president of the Los Angeles Police Commissioners’ Board and a commissioner of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Energy. From 2018 to early 2022, Caruso was chairman of the USC Board of Trustees, where he faced criticism for dealing with a number of university scandals, including the 2018 revelation that gynecologist George Tyndall had spent more than 30 years harassing thousands of patients at the school’s Student Health Center. He was registered as a Republican and independent before registering as a Democrat in February 2022.

Elon Musk, Kim Kardashian, Snoop Dogg, Maria Shriver and George Lopez are among the celebrities who have expressed their support for Caruso. Dana Walden, chair of entertainment at Walt Disney Television, also said she supported Caruso. Other leaders in Caruso’s camp include talent manager Scooter Brown, Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos and CAA co-chair Brian Lourdes. Several of Caruso’s high-ranking supporters have business interests in his malls, such as Paltrow, Sarandos and AMC’s Adam Aron.

Bass received support from names including Endeavor CEO Ari Emmanuel, JJ Abrams, Donald Glover, Magic Johnson, Steven Spielberg, Octavia Spencer, Jennifer Garner, Norman Lear, Tracy Ellis Ross and Yvette Nicole Brown. Former Walt Disney CEO Michael Eisner, director and producer Phil Lord and television producer David Nevins also backed Bass’s candidacy.

Supporters of Karen Bass include:

JJ Abrams
Steven Spielberg
Shonda Rhimes
Ariana Grande
Norman Lear
Octavia Spencer
Jennifer Garner
Phil Lord
Tracy Alice Ross
Yvette Nicole Brown
Donald Glover
Magic Johnson
Ari Emanuel
David Nevins
Michael Eisner
Jackson Brown

Rick Caruso’s supporters include:

Ted Sarandos
Elon Musk
Kim Kardashian
Gwyneth Paltrow
Katy Perry
Scooter Brown
Brian Lourdes
Maria Shriver
George Lopez
Dana Walden
Sean Bailey
Adam Aaron

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