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Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire Raise Cash for Hillary Clinton

A bevy of Hollywood A-listers turned out for Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton at a fundraiser in Los Angeles on June 19.

Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and his wife Jennifer Meyer, Elizabeth Banks, Dustin Lance Black, and producers Howard Gordon and Bruce Cohen were among the Hollywood stars opening up their wallets for Clinton.

Maguire and Meyer, as well as HBO’s Michael Lombardo, opened their homes for two separate events for the former Secretary of State.

Tickets for the exclusive events were priced at $2,700 per person. This is Clinton’s second trip to Los Angeles for fundraisers since announcing her candidacy for president. In May, Clinton raised a reported $3 million at the homes of Steven Bochco and Haim Saban.

The entertainment industry’s left-leaning political bent has made Clinton an early favorite for the 2016 election.

Obama Dines with Parker, Streep, Wintour and Franklin

The Obamas appeared together last Thursday evening at a fundraiser held at the home of actors Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick in New York City. The exclusive dinner raised nearly  $2 million, with 50 people paying $40,000 each. The dinner was co-hosted by Vogue editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour according to the AP.

Among the famous attendees, actress Meryl Streep, Bravo’s Andy Cohen, fashion designer Michael Kors and singer Aretha Franklin dined with the President and First Lady. Although the event was held at his home, Broderick was absent due to his performance in a play.

After the glitzy dinner, the Obamas then headed to a fundraiser in Manhattan, where singer Mariah Carey performed and singer Alicia Keys spoke. The 250-person dinner brought in at least $2.5 million for the Obama campaign.

This is one of the many recent celebrity fundraisers the Obama campaign has held that has raised an estimated $50 million.

This particular event has been scrutinized by conservatives as “elitist” and “out-of-touch.” Pundits such as Glenn Beck criticized the Obama campaign for tapping Wintour to co-host, due to her harsh reputation.

However, like the George Clooney fundraiser, the Obama campaign held a raffle for donors to partake in with a minimum donation of $3. Two lucky winners were chosen to attend.

President Obama’s Hollywood Love Affair

President Barack Obama visited Los Angeles Wednesday night and Thursday morning for fundraisers with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars.

On Wednesday night, Obama attended a fundraiser at Glee creator, Ryan Murphy and his fiancé David Miller’s Beverly Hills home.

The event was attended by 70 people, who allegedly paid $40,000 per ticket to see the president speak for 12 minutes, according to DEADLINE Hollywood. After his speech, which had an emphasis on LGBT rights, Obama took questions from the audience, which included: HBO’s president of programming Michael Lombardo, Julia Roberts, CAA’s Kevin Huvane and Bryan Lourd, Glee star Jane Lynch and Reese Witherspoon. Also in the crowd were CBS executive Les Moonves and wife Julie Chen, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer, Disney Worldwide Marketing president Ricky Strauss, Participant Media’s Jonathon Bass, screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, singer Cher and transgender son Chaz Bono, Will & Grace creator Max Mutchnick, Hulu’s Jamie Kershaw, NCIS Pauley Perrette and Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson.

Ellen DeGeneres and Glee’s Darren Criss performed before Obama’s  speech. Criss filled in for singer P!nk, who had to back out last minute due to health issues. Many of the supporters at the event were large LGBT rights supporters. Murphy announced he was hosting a fundraiser shortly after Obama came out in support for same-sex marriage. After the performances, Obama was introduced by a military doctor who came out after the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” in which Obama signed in 2010.

Early Thursday morning, the Obama campaign held an exclusive breakfast at the Beverly Hilton Hotel with some of Hollywood’s hottest young stars including: The Avengers Jeremy Renner, Glee actress Dianna Agron, Star Trek‘s  Zachary Quinto, Southland’s Ben McKenzieJessica AlbaBryan Greenberg, Adam Rodriguez, Zach Braff, Brandon Routh, Ian Somerhalder, Jared Leto, Kal Penn and Sophia Bush.

Sources said the event was intended to help build the youth support for team Obama and enlist some of Hollywood’s youngest, hottest stars to help out with that effort.

Above: Jeremy Renner with Obama

Above: Zach Braff with Obama

Above: Sophia Bush with Obama

In the last month, the Obama campaign has been teaming up with celebrities for fundraisers and public raffles. George Clooney‘s fundraiser in early may brought in over $15 million for the president. Obama attended a fundraiser with many broadway stars earlier this week that was hosted by former president Bill Clinton. Rocker Jon Bon Jovi played at one event and attended another.

An upcoming fundraiser hosted by actress Sarah Jessica Parker and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour on June 14 is also expected to bring in a huge haul for the president.

The Romney campaign has yet to receive much Hollywood support and is set to have only one event with “celebrity” Donald Trump in the works.

Obama, Clinton and Jon Bon Jovi in NYC

Rocker Jon Bon Jovi performed at an Obama fundraiser and attended another today in New York City. Obama attended three fundraisers, along with former President Bill Clinton.

Earlier today, it was reported Jovi hopped on Air Force One with Obama on his way to NYC.

One of the fundraisers was held at the Waldorf Astoria, where 500 attendees paid $2,500 each to hear the chief executive speak and see Bon Jovi perform, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Hollywood Reporter reported the final event would end with a Broadway celebration at the New Amsterdam Theater with a crowd of 1,700. After Obama’s scheduled remarks, a plethora of theater veterans are expected to perform or appear including Patti Lupone, James Earl Jones, Manny Patinkin, Stockard Channing, Angela Landsbury, playwright Tony Kusher, Nina Arianda, Kerry Butler, Norbet Leo Butz, Bobby Cannavale, Chuck Cooper, Neil Patrick Harris, Meagn Hilty, Cheyenne Jackson, Audra McDonald, Hattienne Park, Patrick Wilson and Jeffrey Wright.

The Obama campaign has been cashing in on the online fundraisers that raffle off tickets to fundraisers hosted by celebrities, such as George Clooney, Sarah Jessica Parker and Bill Clinton. Tonight three winners (and their chosen partners) who donated to campaign and put their names in the raffle, were awarded tickets to the event and the Broadway concert, as well as given a chance to talk with both Obama and Clinton at the Waldorf Astoria.

Glenn Beck Tears Into the Obama Campaign for Anna Wintour

Conservative pundit Glenn Beck attacked the Obama campaign for using Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour in their ad about the upcoming fundraiser she’s co-hosting with actress Sarah Jessica Parker, reports the Huffington Post.

Beck mocked Wintour’s pronunciation of Michelle Obama and railed against the Obama campaign for using Wintour, who was said to be “quite harsh” in the fashion industry and was allegedly the subject of the film The Devil Wears Prada.

“She was the devil part,” Beck said in reference to the movie title. “She was the person who was actually in the movie treating her co-workers… like garbage, waiting on her every whim. She is what [Obama] says capitalists are like all the time. She is everything she says the Republicans are and she’s an Obama supporter.”


Anna Wintour Appears in Video Publicizing Upcoming Obama Fundraiser with Sarah Jessica Parker

Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour has made a new video for the Obama campaign to bring attention to a fundraiser she is co-hosting with actress Sarah Jessica Parker, at Parker’s New York City home on June 14.

In the video, Wintour tells viewers that she and Parker have their own reasons for supporting Obama and that they “want to hear yours.”

Obama to Run Ad During MTV Movie Awards with Sarah Jessica Parker

Obama campaign will attempt to court younger voters during the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, with it’s first national television ad, according to E! Online.

The ad will feature actress Sarah Jessica Parker inviting supporters to donate to the campaign and be entered to win a chance to attend an upcoming fundraiser at her house with the President and First Lady. The fundraiser is co-hosted by Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.

“The guy who ended the war in Iraq, the guy who says you should be able to marry anyone you want, and the guy who created four million new jobs, that guy President Obama and Michelle are coming to my house for dinner on June 14,” Parker says in the ad. “And I want you to be there, too.”

A source tells  E! Online that MTV has reached out to the Romney campaign to propose that the Republican frontrunner also run ads or a message during the broadcast.

The Obama campaign has set a similar fundraising goal for the Parker-Wintour fundraiser to that of George Clooney’s in early May.