Clooney to host major Obama fundraiser

Katzenberg to co-host May 10 event

President Obama is set to take another fund-raising swing to Los Angeles, this time for an event at the Los Angeles home of George Clooney on May 10.

Clooney is a longtime supporter of Obama’s, and most recently met with the president at the White House to talk about the humanitarian crisis in Sudan. In the last cycle, he hosted a fundraiser in Switzerland for the Obama campaign.

Jeffrey Katzenberg will be among the cohosts for the event, expected to draw heavily among actors and studio executives. Tickets will go up to $40,000 per person, with the first $5,000 going to Obama’s reelection campaign, the next $30,800 to the Democratic National Committee, and the remainder distributed to a series of state party committees. Exact sums will depend on whether donors have made the maximum contribution allowed by the Federal Election Commission.

Obama has raised $1.5 million from show biz sources so far this election cycle, according to a Center for Responsive Politics analysis of figures through the end of February.

Clooney already has attended fundraisers for Obama this cycle, including the president’s last visit for a February event at the Holmby Hills home of Colleen and Bradley Bell.

The actor also has been outspoken in defending Obama against liberal disappointment, noting that Democrats have a tendency to “eat their own” and saying, “I’m disillusioned by the people who are disillusioned by Obama.”

News of Clooney’s participation in the event was first reported by Entertainment Tonight.

This will be Obama’s fifth fund-raising visit to Los Angeles in the 2012 election cycle.

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