The former secretary of State, shown at a recent appearance in Beverly Hills, was the subject of a pair of informational events Monday in the Los Angeles area by the super PAC Ready for Hillary. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times / May 8, 2013)

By Seema Mehta
December 9, 2013, 9:07 p.m.

Ready for Hillary, the independent effort prodding former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to run for president in 2016, held events Monday in the Los Angeles area courting high-profile Hollywood backers.

“Building a historic movement like this requires resources and lots of energy,” said Michael Trujillo, a senior advisor to the super PAC. “Tonight we planted the seeds for both.”

Previous events here have raised money for the group — one of two independent efforts focused on a potential Clinton run — but the two on Monday were deemed informational. Still, a finance consultant for the group, David Wolf, attended both.

A luncheon was held at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills, hosted by trial attorney Paul Kiesel. Among the attendees were producer and director Brett Ratner, best known for the “Rush Hour” film series and “X-Men: The Last Stand.”

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