Clooney to Host Obama Fundraiser

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George Clooney will host a fundraiser at his Los Angeles home for President Obama on May 10.

Jeffrey Katzenberg is co-host of the event, which will be the second fundraising trip Obama has made to Los Angeles this year.

The event is aimed at higher-dollar donors, with tickets up to about $40,000 per person. The first $5,000 will go to Obama’s reelection campaign, the next $30,800 to the Democratic National Committee and the remaining sum to state party committees. Exact sums will depend on whether donors already have made their maximum contributions.

Clooney already has attended fundraisers for Obama last year and in February, at an event at the Holmby Hills home of Colleen and Bradley Bell. He held a fundraiser for Obama in Switzerland in 2008.

The actor visited the White House in March and met with Obama to discuss the crisis in Sudan.

“Entertainment Tonight” first reported on Clooney’s plans for the fundraiser.

Clooney also gave a memorable quote last year to liberal disappointment to Obama, noting that Democrats have a tendency to “eat their own” and saying, “I’m disillusioned by the people who are disillusioned by Obama.”

The Obama campaign has been holding smaller fundraising events — fewer than 200 people — as a way to draw top dollar donors in a more intimate setting. Clooney’s event is expected to draw a mix of stars and studio executives.


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