Obama at Area, Clinton at Abbey

Areacamara2600It will be competing fund-raisers at competing nightspots on Aug. 9, following the HRC/Logo presidential debate on gay issues.

The campaigns of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have each set West Hollywood shindigs, with Obama at Area Nightclub on La Cienega, right, and Clinton just a couple of miles away at the Abbey on Robertson, below.

Each campaign is taking the opportunity to tap younger donors and the gay community.

Obama’s event, which starts at 7:30 p.m., costs $250-per-person, with co-hosts pledging to raise at least $5,000, according to an organizer and e-mails that have started circulating this week.

Abbey2Clinton’s event, reported here earlier, is actually a viewing party, with the candidate expected later in the evening. It starts at 6 p.m., with a $50-per-person for general admission and $1,000-per-person for a VIP reception.

For those who keep track of the nightclub scene, the Clinton event is hosted by David Cooley and Brent Bolthouse. The host committee is not yet set for the Obama event, but interestingly enough Area is from Bolthouse Productions. Not that it matters: Because of finance laws, campaigns have to either pay for a venue or consider it an in-kind contribution.

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