President Obama’s record-breaking, $15-million fundraiser at the home of George Clooney in May was reflected in today’s release of campaign finance disclosure reports, showing a wild disparity in show biz support compared to his Republican rival Mitt Romney.
That is expected to continue this month, with the announcement today of a fundraiser on June 29 aimed at young Hollywood. The host committee includes Jared Leto, Zach Braff, Connie Britton, David Fincher, Johnny Galecki, Zachary Quinto, Ian Somerhalder, Maria Bello, Olivia Wilde, Sophia Bush, Pete Wentz and Darren Aronofsky, as well as Peter Frampton, a young Hollywood name from the past. Tickets for the event start at $500, and the fete is being organized by Gen44, the Obama campaign effort to motivate young voters. It’s still unclear if Obama will be present for the event.
This evening, other Hollywood figures were to gather at the home of Donna Mills for another fund-raising effort, what is billed as the Los Angeles Obama Leadership Circle. Scheduled to be a special guest was Sharon Stone, with members paying $5,000 per person. Monique Brown, Eriq Paquette and Cate Park are founding members, and Joyce Rey and Dixon Slingerland are co-chairs.
In May, Kirk Douglas, Scarlett Johansson, Meryl Streep and Steven Spielberg were among those who gave high dollar contributions to Obama.
Others who gave during the month:
Stars: Will.i.am, Tom Hanks, Salma Hayek, Kate Capshaw, Billy Crystal, Jamie Lee Curtis, Robert Downey Jr., Vivica Fox, Marsha Mason, Eddie Murphy, Yeardley Smith, Barbra Streisand, Rita Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Jack Black.
Writers-Producers-Directors: J.J. Abrams, David Kohan, Salim Akil, John August, Paris Barclay, Dustin Lance Black, Susannah Grant, Nina Jacobson, Kathleen Kennedy, Phil Rosenthal, Rod Lurie, Frank Marshall, Katie McGrath, Max Mutchnick, Marti Noxon, Todd Phillips, Andrew Solt.
Media and Studio Executives: Doug Belgrad, Robert Friedman, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Ted Sarandos, Thomas Schumacher, Jeff Shell, Andy Cohen, Barry Diller, Michael Fricklas, Debra Lee, Michael Rapino, Kevin Tsujihara, Dana Walden,
Agents, Managers and Attorneys: Keith Addis, Alan Hergott, Kevin Huvane, Matthew Kline, Jeremy Zimmer, Bryan Lourd, Gerald Breslauer.
Other Notables: Clarence Avant, Burt Bacharach, James Gleick, Al Gore, Kelly Meyer, Pat Mitchell, Tomi Morrison.
On the Republican side, Romney held a fundraiser in late May at the Beverly Hills Hotel, with Tom Dreeson, Jon Voight and Scott Baio among the show biz figures present. And while there has been talk of Romney doing a show biz centric event, none is scheduled.