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Cuomo's Hollywood fundraiser

Director Steven Spielberg, in an undated photo, is

Director Steven Spielberg, in an undated photo, is scheduled to attend a fundraiser for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in Los Angeles on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. (Credit: Getty Images)

After Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo shared a New York state of mind with Billy Joel at the Democrat’s birthday fundraiser in December, Cuomo is planning on attending at least one more major fundraiser before he says goodbye to Hollywood.

Thursday’s fundraiser in Los Angeles will include director Steven Spielberg and moguls Jeffrey Katzenberg and Brad Grey according to the invitation first reported by the New York Daily News.

Tickets start at $6,000 per person and rise to $50,000 for a couple at the home of Fox Filmed Entertainment CEO Jim Gianopulos.

This month Cuomo’s campaign reported that he has $33.3 million in his account for his re-election campaign.

Last year an analysis by the New York Public Interest Research Group and the Daily News found about $900,000 in campaign contributions to New York politicians came from Hollywood. Cuomo took in the most, with $219,000.

Since 2004 the state has subsidized Hollywood to attract more productions in New York in a fund that has grown substantially along with photo opportunities for politicians with stars. The state now provides $420 million in tax credits to help attract and sustain film and TV productions in New York.

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