AP source: Biden rakes in $750,000 at Hollywood fundraiser

Former vice president and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, left, and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti look at the menu at King Taco Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Former vice president and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, left, waves toward members of the media as he and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti leave King Taco after talking to patrons Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Former vice president and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden shakes hands with a patron at King Taco Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

LOS ANGELES — Joe Biden raked in over $750,000 during a fundraiser attended by Hollywood powerbrokers, a massive haul that demonstrates the entertainment industry's lasting affection for the former vice president.

Biden's 2020 Democratic presidential campaign declined to comment on how much was raised Wednesday evening at the home of interior designer Michael S. Smith and his husband, James Costos, a former HBO executive who was President Barack Obama's ambassador to Spain.

But two people with direct knowledge of the event told The Associated Press on Thursday that over $750,000 was collected, and one of the people said checks were still being tabulated. They were not authorized to reveal the fundraising numbers and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The sum raised was first reported by CNBC.

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