A Starry Fundraiser for Obama — Without the President

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.

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  1. Dano48 says:

    I believe it’s Maria Bello that will be attending the fundraiser, not Mario. By the way, since when is a 45 year old actress, who has been in the business for 20 years, considered “young Hollywood”?
    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/barack-obama-jared-leto-zach-braff-fundraiser-340126

  2. RIChris says:

    Perhaps young Hollywood will realize that Obama’s interest in them is purely financial. It would be better to donate to a favorite charity that would actually do some good for someone.

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