Inside Hollywood’s secret GOP jamboree

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Most politicians make their Hollywood debuts at lavish fund-raisers or intimate house parties. But Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO now running for a U.S. Senate seat in California, made her entrance at an event organized by the Friends of Abe.

For those unfamiliar with the highly secretive club of conservatives in the entertainment business, the name refers to iconic Republican Abraham Lincoln, not Abe Vigoda. Mostly meeting informally at the West Hollywood greasy spoon Barney’s Beanery, the GOP-leaning crowd held its annual blowout in mid-June at a sprawling horse ranch near the Ventura County line. Hosted by “CSI: NY” star Gary Sinise, hundreds of actors, directors and craftspeople came out for the right-wing Woodstock.

The Friends of Abe have been around for a few years now, and conservative frustration with the Democratic control of Washington might be helping them flourish. Indeed, as politicians on both sides of the aisle court such nontraditional groups as the Tea Party and Netroots, the conservative Hollywood clique is hoping for real relevance as Election Day nears.

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