03/28/2008 02:45 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Inside Hollywood's Political Money Palaces

It's high season for politics in Hollywood, with the presidential primaries just weeks away, and that means the glitterati are engaged in their favorite recreational drama: political fundraising at the homes of the rich and famous. There are so many events these days, you need a closet full of pressed suits, a detailed knowledge of Beverly Hills' winding canyon roads and enough money to cover the campaign donations ($2,300 a pop). From the outside, it may look like pay-per-view politics, but you must be on some serious person's serious guest list to get a seat at these soirees. The trend began in the 1960s as a way for Hollywood to secure its interests in Washington, and then to advance its own generally liberal agendas. Nowadays, dozens of industry executives are lending candidates across the political spectrum their support as well as their homes as campaign platforms.

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