George Clooney $12 Million Fundraiser, How much would you pay for dinner with George Clooney? A fundraising meal at the Hollywood star’s Los Angeles home is set to raise a record $12 million for President Obama’s re-election campaign.
George Clooney is hot property. What with his humanitarian campaign on Sudan, even getting arrested to draw attention to the bombing of refugees in the Nuba valley, the Hollywood star is the ultimate silver-screen idol turned real.
So hot, in fact, that a dinner to raise money for President Obama at his Los Angeles home is expected to be the biggest presidential fundraiser ever held, netting a possible $12 million in a single night.
150 guests have paid $40,000 a head for the privilege, while millions more have been raised through an online competition, where supporters were asked to donate at least $3 for the chance to win tickets at the very same table as Clooney and Obama.
Emails about the contest were relentless: supporters found their inboxes bombarded with “Clooney, Obama and You” messages, exhorting them to pitch in. “You’ll automatically be in the running to join me and George Clooney at his place on May 10th”, quipped the President. “It’s not often I get away from work, so I look forward to spending a fun evening in LA with a couple supporters like you.”
Demand for the event was so intense that at one stage, organisers thought of confining it to people living in the immediate area. Clooney told the Wall Street Journal last month that they had already raised around $10 million, “which is about double anything that’s ever been done before. All I know is that it’s the biggest fundraiser to date – ever.”
Most importantly, it has provided a much needed opportunity for the Obama campaign to reach out to millions of grassroots supporters, especially young people who they need to provide some energy and excitement into the autumn. (Channel 4 News)