The Obama campaign declined to say beforehand where President Obama would be meeting with a dozen or so donors, but according to the pool report, it is at the home of Jeffrey Katzenberg, one of his most prolific bundlers this cycle.
Katzenberg lives in the Trousdale Estates neighborhood of Beverly Hills. He was to have hosted an event at his home in May, but it was moved to the home of George Clooney because of concerns that the Secret Service had over security for staging a larger gathering. Nevetheless, Katzenberg was most credited with helping that event raise $15 million, just under half from an online contest.
The event at Katzenberg’s home is not open to the press, which makes it a bit unusual as the campaign has been allowing limited press converage, primarily via a pool report, to almost all of Obama’s events this cycle.
Katzenberg’s event also is not being described as a fundraiser, but a way of thanking donors, many of whom have maxed out this cycle. A complaint that some donors have had about Obama is that he hasn’t paid them enough attention — Maureen Dowd of the New York Times has written about donor gripes that they haven’t even gotten thank you notes, others have written about complaints and I have written about how Obama is detached compared to Clinton.