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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.”

 

 

Gwyneth Paltrow Gushes About Obama at Fundraiser

President Obama made his way to the swanky Brentwood, Calif. home of Gwyneth Paltrow on Thursday, for a fundraiser on behalf of the Democratic National Committee.

Tickets for the event began at $1,000, with an intimate dinner following the reception at $15,000 a ticket, Deadline reports. An estimated 200 guests attended, including actress Julia Roberts and actor Bradley Whitford.

According to pool reports, Paltrow gushed about Obama during her speech. “I am one of your biggest fans, if not the biggest,” Paltrow said. “So anyway, I’ll shut up now and just say welcome and thank you and we’re so excited and you’re so handsome that I can’t speak properly.”

Paltrow hosted a fundraiser for the president’s 2012 reelection campaign in London, with Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.

The Washington Post reports Vice President Joe Biden will swing through Los Angeles on Monday to host a fundraiser for female Democratic candidates. Carole King is set to perform.

On Tuesday, Obama will continue his fundraising blitz in New York City at the home of Intrepid CEO Bill White. Guests are expected to include Mark Wahlberg, Harvey Weinstein and Aretha Franklin, according to Page Six.

Gwyneth Paltrow to Host Obama Fundraiser

Gwyneth Paltrow at an Obama fundraiser in London in 2012.  Photocredit: Startraks

Gwyneth Paltrow at an Obama fundraiser in London in 2012.
Photocredit: Startraks

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow is set to host a fundraiser for President Barack Obama at her Los Angeles home on Oct. 9, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The event was planned by the Democratic National Committee. Tickets for the event range from $1,000 to $32,400.

This is not the first time the Academy Award-winning actress has raised money for Obama. In September 2012, Paltrow co-hosted a fundraiser for the president in London with Vogue’s Anna Wintour. Other attendees included Cameron Diaz and designer Tom Ford.

Obama recently attended a fundraiser at the Los Angeles home of Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes.

Michelle Obama Joins Anna Wintour at Costume Museum Grand Opening

Obama and Wintour Image Credit: AFP/Getty Images

First Lady Michelle Obama assisted Vogue editor-in-chief and Obama campaign bundler, Anna Wintour, at the grand opening of the Anna Wintour Costume Center in New York.

Other guests at the event included Calvin Klein, Sarah Jessica Parker, Victoria Beckham, Stella McCartney, Donatella Versace, Diane Von Furstenberg, and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.

Wintour played a major fundraising role in President Barack Obama‘s 2012 reelection campaign, co-hosting celebrity fundraisers in New York City, London and Paris.

It was reported Wintour raised around $500,000 for Obama’s reelection bid.

Obama and Wintour Image credit: AFP/Getty Images

Obama and Wintour Image Credit: AFP/Getty Images

Anna Wintour Backs Hillary for President

Hillary Clinton and Anna Wintour honoring Oscar de la Renta at the William J. Clinton Presidential Center Photo: Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

Hillary Clinton and Anna Wintour honoring Oscar de la Renta at the William J. Clinton Presidential Center Photo: Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

Vogue editor and Obama bundler, Anna Wintour, said she hopes Hillary Clinton will run for president.

Wintour joined the Clintons in honoring Oscar de la Renta at the William J. Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock on July 8.

“It’s anyone’s guess what the next chapter will be for this extraordinary woman,” Wintour said, according to KARK. “I can only hope that all of you here in Little Rock will be celebrating her come November 2016.”

Wintour played a huge fundraising role in President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign, co-hosting multiple celebrity fundraisers in the United States and abroad.

On October 16, Wintour will join fashion designer Michael Kors in honoring Clinton at the Golden Heart Awards dinner in Manhattan, for the Michael Kors Award for Outstanding Community Service, CNN reports.

Celebrities Endorse in NYC Mayoral Race

Celebrities are throwing their support and opening their wallets for candidates in  race for New York City’s mayor.

Christine Quinn recently nabbed the endorsement of director Brett Ratner and had previous support from Tom Hanks and Rob Reiner. Last week she released a list of 1,700 LGBT supporters for Quinn, including Neil Patrick-Harris, Lance Bass, Meredith Baxter, Victor Garber, George Takei, Zachary Quinto, Tim Gunn and screen writer Dustin Lance Black. Other celebrity supporters include Whoopie Goldberg, Brooke Shields, Gloria Steinem, Candice Bergen and previous donors reportedly include Anna Wintour, Harvey Weinstein and Jon Bon Jovi.

Before deleting his Twitter account, Alec Baldwin tweeted he was raffling off invites to a dinner fundraiser with candidate Bill de Blasio. Also supporting de Blasio, include Steve Buscemi, Russell Simmons, Susan SarandonPaul Simon, Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Alan Cumming.

Republican candidate Joe Lhota has the support of actor Steve Schirripa, and Democratic candidate Scott Stringer has the support of Scarlett Johansson. However, former Rep. Anthony Weiner hasn’t been able to nab any endorsements yet.

With the election months out (Nov. 5), Weiner and the other candidates still have time to win the “Hollywood vote.”

Anna Wintour’s Boyfriend Owes US Government $1.2 Million in Taxes

Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour may have been one of President Barack Obama’s top fundraisers and a possible British ambassador pick, however a recent discovery of her boyfriend’s tax debt may hamper her nomination chances, reports The Daily Telegraph.

J. Shelby Bryan, a former Clinton advisor and Obama fundraiser, has owed a reported $1.2 million in taxes to the United States government since 2006.

Bryan, a telecommunications executive in Texas, once had an estimated net worth of $30 million, but was hit by the financial crisis. The Telegraph reports that Bryan originally owed more than $1.6 million in taxes, but paid off $400,000.

Bryan states that he is “on schedule” with the IRS and is on a payment plan.

Wintour was a key player in Obama’s fundraising strategy, co-hosting dinners with celebrity donors at $35,000 a plate in New York, London and Paris.

If Wintour were to be nominated for British ambassadorship, Bryan’s tax woes  may pose a challenge in her confirmation in the U.S. Senate.