On Friday night, future American President Donald Trump is scheduled to headline a private dinner at Los Angeles’s Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel, where he will address Friends of Abe. The invitation to this sold-out event identifies Trump as the “very definition of American success.” According to Friends of Abe, interest in the Trump dinner has been through the roof.
“We realize that Friends of Abe is everywhere in the news this week because of the Donald Trump dinner coming up on Friday.” the group’s Facebook page noted on Wednesday. “This is the first time in the organization’s history that an event has been leaked to the press. This is not normally how it goes.”
At this point, you may be wondering: What the hell is Friends of Abe?
FOA is a secretive group of Hollywood right-wingers (the “one and only fellowship for entertainment industry conservatives”) that formed in 2004. It has been described as a “stealth right-wing group,” “influential in conservative circles,” a “GOP support group,” and as operating under “the same PR rules as Fight Club.”
The full list of FOA members is kept under lock-and-key (to avoid potential blacklisting in a decidedly left-wing Tinseltown), and the group only recently achieved nonprofit status from the IRS after a three-year fight to do so.
Founding and high-profile “friends” include Gary Sinise, Kelsey Grammer, Patricia Heaton, Clint Eastwood, Jon Voight, and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Lionel Chetwynd. The hundreds of right-leaning members are invited to attend strictly off-the-record functions where Hollywood players get the chance to meet political celebrities, and also to network with like-minded entertainment-industry types. Past events have included a speech by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, summer fiestas, a pie-baking contest and family picnic.
via The Super Secretive Hollywood Gang That Loves Trump – The Daily Beast.