DreamWorks SKG founders Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen have signed a fundraising letter being circulated today asking supporters of City Controller Wendy Greuel's mayoral campaign to give the maximum $1,000 contributions to her campaign.
"We strongly believe Wendy has the right balance of experience and vision it will take to address the many challenges that face our city," they wrote.
Greuel is running in a crowded field of candidates to succeed Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa that includes City Council President Eric Garcetti, Councilwoman Jan Perry and former deputy mayor Austin Beutner.
Radio host and conservative political commentator Kevin James, film producer Malcom Mays and businessman YJ Draiman are also running. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and mall developer Rick Caruso are considering entering the race, but have not made their decisions public. Villaraigosa cannot run for a third term.
After a stint in Mayor Tom Bradley's administration, Greuel worked as an executive for DreamWorks from 1997-2002, when she was elected to the City Council to represent District 2, which includes parts of North Hollywood, Studio City and Valley Village.
"Wendy would bring to the job the same level of energy, insight, and determination she showed while working with us," the trio of entertainment producers said in the letter.
Greuel's campaign spokesman Dave Jacobson said it was too early to know if the letter, which was sent to select supporters last week, has led to a boost in fundraising. He said the letter included an invitation to attend a Dec. 7 fundraiser.
Jacobson declined to say the campaign's fundraising goals ahead of the next disclosure deadline on Jan. 31.
"Our goal is to raise as much money as we can," Jacobson said.