New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer took a short break from stamping out mutual fund abuses on Thursday, long enough to raise $2 million at a fundraiser as the state’s top regulator eyes a bid for governor.

A distinguished list of more than 700 New Yorkers showed up for a luncheon at The Sheraton New York Hotel to honor Spitzer and begin stockpiling his warchest. The star-studded affair featured the likes of tennis great John McEnroe, Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, actress Bernadette Peters, Cablevision chief James Dolan and Yes Network head Leo Hindery. Admission to the gala ranged from $1,000 to $2,500 a plate.

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