The Oscar owner and longtime Democratic activist is to host a 150 seat, $40,000-a-plate fundraising dinner in honor of the President’s re-election campaign at his home.
“I’m proud to do whatever I can to support the President,” George Clooney said. “As long as no one asks me to sing,” he added.
One more host will be Dreamworks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg; the exec was slated to host the party, but his $35 million new home was not finished in time, that’s why the location was changed.
As Entertainment Tonight reports, the event will take place at Clooney’s Los Angeles residence, with proceeds going to the Obama Victory Fund, a committee which raises funds for Obama for America, the Democratic National Committee and state Democratic Parties.
Clooney sat not far from the President at the recent White House State Dinner in honor of British Prime Minister David Cameron and has attended two major Hollywood fundraisers for Obama in Los Angeles already this year.
The Hollywood star, who has been vocal about his support for Obama, recently gave the campaign a piece of publicity advice – he does know something about public relations, after all – when he told the President to run on his accomplishments.
“The Democrats are just very poor, in general, at explaining what it is, when they accomplished something, I think they’re pretty bad at it, and Republicans are very good at it,” Clooney told Meet the Press host David Gregory.
“If I was a Republican, and Obama was a Republican, I would be selling all of the, you know, he saved the auto industry and he got Osama bin Laden. He passed a health care bill that no one could pass – if that was a Republican issue. I would be able to sell his presidency as a very successful one. But Democrats are bad at that, we like to pick each other apart.”
The actor has already faced political organizing and activism. Last month, Mr Clooney and several congressman were arrested outside of the Sudanese Embassy in Washington D.C, writes The Huff Post.
The publicity stunt aimed to draw attention to the widespread human rights abuses of the Sudanese government. Clooney said he hoped his arrest would pressure the country’s president into allowing humanitarian aid into beleaguered regions of the nation.
“They were protesting the violence committed by the government of Sudan on its own innocent men, women and children,” Clooney’s publicist explained in a statement. “They were demanding they allow humanitarian aid into the country before it becomes the largest humanitarian crisis in the world.”
“The goal for today is the same goal its been all along and will continue to be and not be accomplished today or anytime in the near future,” Clooney said after being released.
“But it’s a job that we have to continually do which is raise attention; protest the idea of a government attacking and killing its own innocent men, women and children and allowing aid to get in now because in the next few months it could be the greatest humanitarian crisis in the world and thats the important thing.”