George Clooney Fundraiser Banks $15 Million for Hillary Clinton

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Hillary Clinton, Rob and Alisa Bair, Amal and George Clooney. Photo credit: Adam Schultz.

Four years ago, George Clooney made headlines when he hosted a fundraiser for President Obama at his Studio City home that took in $15 million and was attended by the likes of Robert Downey Jr., Eddie Murphy and Salma Hayek.

Last month, Clooney held a fundraiser for Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, which also raised $15 million. Celebrity attendees included Clooney and his wife Amal, Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi, Jane Fonda, Anna Wintour and Jim Parsons, according to Variety.

Earlier in the day, Clinton and Clooney attended an event at Jeffrey Katzenberg’s Beverly Hills home. Attendees included co-hosts Casey Wasserman, Haim Saban, and Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw. James Cameron, George Lucas and his wife Mellody Hobson were also in attendance.

Nearly 150 people attended the events. Individual tickets went for $33,400 per person, while co-hosts contributed $50,000, and event co-chairs contributed $353,000, Variety reports.

Outside the events, supporters of Bernie Sanders protested Clinton and the high-dollar fundraisers. Actress Frances Fisher was among the protesters.

Clooney’s neighbor held a “99% Party” in support of Sanders. Attendees paid $27 per person, and co-hosts included radio host Cary Harrison, actor Andrew Keegan and director Matthew Cooke.

In an interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd, Clooney agreed with Sanders’ supporters.

“They’re absolutely right,” said Clooney. “It is an obscene amount of money. The Sanders campaign when they talk about it is absolutely right. It’s ridiculous that we should have this kind of money in politics. I agree completely.”

 

 

Obama Fundraises For House, Senate Dems in Hollywood

President Obama made the rounds in Hollywood in early April to fundraise for House and Senate Democrats.

Obama attended a fundraiser Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn and wife Cindy Horn’s Bel-Air home. It was the 40th Hollywood fundraiser for the president.

Attendees shelled out $66,800 per couple, and included Julia Roberts, Gwyneth Paltrow and Disney CEO Bob Iger, according to DeadlineStar Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams and wife Katie McGrath, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, Norman Lear and Lyn Lear, Barbra Streisand and James Brolin were also co-hosts of the fundraiser.

The fundraiser benefitted House Democrats in their effort to recapture the majority. Many political observers believe presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump would hurt more moderate Republican representatives and give Democrats a favorable chance of winning the majority.

House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) chair Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), were expected to attend the event.

The next morning, Obama attended a breakfast at Tobey Maguire and wife Jennifer Meyer’s home to benefit the Democratic Senatorial Committee. Tickets were $33,400 per couple.

 

Obama, Hollywood Team Up to Recapture House, Senate

President Obama is traveling to Los Angeles to attend fundraisers with some of Hollywood’s biggest Democratic supporters, reports The Hill.

With Donald Trump or Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) likely to be the Republican nominee, Democratic operatives and political observers see an opportunity to regain control of the U.S. House and Senate. Many House seats that trend Republican may be more competitive with hardline-conservative Cruz or outspoken, and some would argue offensive, Trump at the top of the ticket. Democrats would need to gain 30 seats to retake the House of Representatives, while only four (or five if a Republican becomes president) to retake majority in the Senate.

With so much at stake, Obama and Democrats are looking to Hollywood for some much needed cash.

On Thursday, The Hill reports Obama, along with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and DCCC chair Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), will attend an event at the home of Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn and wife Cindy, along with Norman and Lyn LearBarbra Streisand and James Brolin, “Star Wars: A Force Awakens” director J.J. Abrams and his wife, Katie McGrath, campaigner Andy Spahn and his wife Jennifer Perry, and Peg Yorkin.

The $15,000-per-couple dinner boosts the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

On Friday, Obama will attend a breakfast fundraiser for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee at the home of actor Tobey Maguire and wife Jennifer Meyer Maguire. Tickets are $33,400 per couple.

 

Scott Baio to GOP: Get behind Trump

Actor Scott Baio, who recently endorsed Republican presidential-frontrunner Donald Trump, called on the party to coalesce around the outspoken businessman.

“It’s a huge mistake,” Baio said of establishment Republicans not supporting Trump on Fox Business Network’s ‘Cavuto Coast to Coast.‘ “For some reason, they insist and continue to and will not stop shooting themselves in the head. Not the foot, the head.”

Baio, one of the more outspoken conservatives in Hollywood, wasn’t afraid to criticize the party.

“I just wish the Republican Party — which I don’t really consider myself a part of anymore, because I don’t trust them on anything — I just wish they would attack Democrats the way they attack their own.”

In his endorsement of Trump last week, Baio argued that the former ‘Apprentice’ host is the only one capable of fending off Hillary Clinton’s attacks.

“They’re going to attack whomever the Republican nominee is,” Baio said. “We need somebody to relentlessly, relentlessly attack Hillary. It’s the only way we’re going to win. I’m trying to be a classy guy, but to win elections nowadays, the Democrats and liberals attack viciously.”

Elton John and Katy Perry Serenade Clintons

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Elton John, Katy Perry and Andra Day rocked out at a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton at Radio City Music Hall Wednesday night.

“I’m not voting for her because she’s a woman,” Perry said, according to Variety. “I’m voting for her because she’s the right person for the job.”

“This election feels very personal to me, and I think it feels very personal to a lot of people here, and I know there’s a lot at stake,” said Perry. “So I think we need to elect a president that can do all parts of the job, including being commander-in-chief. A person that is strong but also a human… that looks out for us and our needs, our basic human rights and needs, which I can’t believe are still in question in 2016.”

Perry previously campaigned and performed for Clinton in Iowa ahead of the state’s caucuses.

Jamie Foxx and Julianne Moore also made appearances.

“Hillary has always fought for us, and now it’s our turn to fight for her,” Moore said.

Tickets for the fundraiser ranged from $125 to $2,700. Other celebs in attendance included Orlando Bloom and Neil Patrick Harris, as well as Hillary, Bill and Chelsea Clinton.

 

George Clooney: Donald Trump a “xenophobic fascist”

George Clooney is no fan of The Donald.

In a recent interview with The Guardian, Clooney slammed Donald Trump over recent comments on the campaign trail.

“He’s just an opportunist. Now he’s a fascist; a xenophobic fascist,” Clooney said. “Let’s put things into perspective. You know, the truth of the matter is, in election season, things go crazy, and the loudest voices are the furthest and most extreme. So you hear a massively stupid idea, like we’re going to ban Muslims from the country. Now, we’re not ever going to do that.” He shrugs. “It says in the Statue of Liberty, bring us your huddled masses. It’s not what’s going to happen.”

The Academy Award-winning actor famously fundraised for President Obama in 2012 — raking in $12 million dollars at an event at the actor’s house.

In 2016, Clooney’s backing Hillary Clinton.

“I am a Hillary supporter. I am doing a fundraiser for her,” said Clooney.

Clooney gave Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) credit for his effort in the Democratic primary.

“I really love Bernie Sanders, and am really glad he is in the debate. He is forcing the conversation to things that never get talked about in US politics: disparity between the rich and the poor, which is getting worse and worse every day,” he said.

Fellow Actors Donate to Melissa Gilbert’s Congressional Bid

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Photo credit: Melissa Gilbert for Congress

Hollywood donations have poured into actress Melissa Gilbert’s campaign since she announced her bid for Michigan’s 8th Congressional District seat last summer.

Alec Baldwin, Rosie O’Donnell, Michael Douglas, Seth Green, Matthew Perry, Jennifer Garner, Sarah Paulson, Elizabeth Perkins, Sara Gilbert, John Slattery, Daniel Stern, Kiefer Sutherland, Steve Zahn, Seth MacFarlane Florence Henderson, Juliette Lewis, Katey Sagal, Kevin Kilner, Jack Coleman, Dreamworks’ Jeffrey Katzenberg, and writer Aaron Sorkin have all contributed to Gilbert’s campaign, according to FEC reports.

The ‘Little House on the Prairie’ actress served as President of the Screen Actor’s Guild from 2001-2005.

Gilbert is running against Republican Rep. Mike Bishop. Republican Mitt Romney carried the district by three points in 2012 and national Democrats are targeting Bishop in 2016. Last month, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee named Michigan’s 8th District as a potential pick-up seat for the party.

While some political observers have acknowledged Gilbert faces an uphill battle, she has proved to be a savvy fundraiser. In 2015, Gilbert collected $403,000 in campaign contributions.