Democrats Abroad Switzerland, the U.S. party’s Swiss branch, said in a statement the event was expected to be the “single most important fundraising event” outside the United States for Obama’s campaign. Organizers tell the AP at least $625,000 was raised from American donors to the Obama campaign at the event tonight in Geneva where George Clooney is the draw. Guests are paying $15,000 per person to dine with Clooney, $5,000 for a photo with him, and $1,000 to attend a reception before the dinner. About 30 people are attending the dinner, with about 100 at the reception. The event is co-hosted by Geneva-based American lawyer Charles C. Adams Jr and Matthew Barzun, Obama’s campaign finance chairman. A more private dinner at Adams’ home cost $20,000 for an individual ticket and $30,000 per couple. Clooney arrived by car today to Geneva’s Old Town from his residence on Lake Como, Italy. The Geneva event is latest in a string of Hollywood-studded fundraisers for Obama.
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Clooney raised a record-breaking $15 million in May at a dinner at his LA home for President Obama’s reelection. Ryan Murphy and Sarah Jessica Parker hosted June fundraisers at their homes in Los Angeles and New York, respectively. And film/TVmogul Harvey Weinstein and actress Anne Hathaway co-hosted a fundraiser at Weinstein’s Connecticut estate earlier this month that brought in more than $2 million.
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UPDATE, 2:15 PM: NBC has posted clips from President Obama’s morning taping at The Tonight Show With Jay Leno that will air tonight. He weighs in on Gaddafi, Iraq and, with a nice shout-out to a certain CBS/Mark Burnett reality show, the GOP debates. See that clip below:
PREVIOUS, 12 PM: In LA, a presidential visit is as much a traffic report as a politics story: After POTUS spent Monday at a pair of Hollywood fundraisers, he recorded his Tonight Show segment with Jay Leno this morning (it will air tonight, but NBC said it would make excerpts available this afternoon) and departed Burbank by helicopter at 11:36 AM, according to pool reports. That’s good news for NBC, Disney and Warner Bros employees who might have been stuck in lunchtime traffic. Obama arrived at LAX at 11:48 AM and was on Air Force One by 11:53, heading for events San Francisco and Denver later today.
2ND UPDATE, 12:25 AM: First there was the $35,800-per-person fundraising dinner tonight with Will Smith hosted by his Overbrook Entertainment producing partner and manager James Lassiter. Then President Obama headed over to the home of Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith for a somewhat lower-key event aimed at Latino supporters. He was introduced by Eva Longoria who said Obama “knows he’s the president of all Americans” and that “we thank you for everything you’re doing.” Obama leaves town after Tuesday’s Jay Leno taping.
UPDATE (correcting misidentification), 8:01 p.m.: This evening’s Los Angeles traffic snarl at rush hour was just that much worse because President Barack Obama arrived at LAX on board Air Force One at 4:30 PM. He’s attending two Hollywood political fundraisers for the Democratic Party tonight, first at producer James Lassiter’s mansion and then Melanie Griffith’s and Antonio Banderas’ home. Potus will be making a Tonight Show appearance with Jay Leno tomorrow before jetting out of town. According to the White House pool report, Obama first helicoptered to a landing zone in Brentwood and the motorcade made an “off-the-record” visit to Roscoe’s chicken and waffle house. The president ordered at the counter for himself (and nearby aides) the No. 9 “Country Boy” – 3 wings with choice of waffle, potato salad or French fries ($8.90). He then started chatting with diners. I say who cares if you like Obama’s politics or not: he’s got good taste when it comes to LA’s favorite eats.
Then the motorcade traveled to Hancock Park for the first fundraiser hosted by Lassiter, who is Will Smith’s production partner in Overbrook Entertainment which manages the entire Pinkett-Smith family. Here is the pool report written by the Los Angeles Times‘ Peter Nicholas: Read More »