The guest list includes 150 Hollywood studio heads, celebrities and an array of entertainment industry execs, each shelling out $40,000 to break bread with the president at Clooney’s Studio City home.
Those tickets alone raised $6 million. Those who entered a contest that seats winners at the table with Obama and Clooney will have to pay additional $6 million.
The contest, aimed at cultivating grassroots support, asked donors to give as little as $3 to the campaign for a chance at winning two tickets, plus airfare, to the event.
“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.
DreamWorks Animation chief Jeffrey Katzenberg, the president’s major entertainment industry fundraiser, has been spearheading the event along with Hollywood political consultant Andy Spahn, claims The Hollywood Reporter.
The demand for tickets was so huge that the guest list was limited only to the residents of Southern California. However, that doesn’t mean the average joe can’t partake, though: the Obama campaign recently announced a contest offering grassroots supporters a chance to be a guest.
Clooney, 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.
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.”
Meanwhile, Obama is attacked by the Republicans for being a “Hollywood President,” reports The New York Daily News.
A new ad released by American Crossroads shows President’s appearances on Jimmy Fallon and Ellen DeGeneres during his first White House run.
The narrator asks, “Four years ago, Americans elected the biggest celebrity in the world. And America got one cool President.” He then asks, “After four years of a celebrity president, is your life any better?”