Jared Leto is the event chair of a young Hollywood fundraiser for President Obama on Friday, but the fete may be as much a test of enthusiasm for his reelection as it is to raise badly needed campaign funds.
Obama will not be there, so the event at the Soho House in Beverly Hills will show how much donors are willing to show absent the star billing. Instead of Obama, three campaign officials will be there: Harper Reed, Obama for America's chief technology officer; David Simas, director of opinion research; and Mitch Stewart, battleground states director.
The event has a long list of names from young Hollywood, including Mario Bello, Ian Somerhalder, Zachary Quinto and Olivia Wilde. On his most recent visit, Obama met with many of the actors at a breakfast gathering at the Beverly Hilton, hoping to interest them in serving as surrogates or, as we see with the upcoming events, raising money.