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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.”

 

 

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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.

Obama Has 16-1 Hollywood Fundraising Advantage

As of Oct. 28, President Obama has managed to out-raise Mitt Romney in Hollywood donations at a rate of 16-1, reports TheWrap.com.

A total of 208 “celebrity” donors have given $712,874 to the Obama campaign compared to 15 donors who have given $46,500 to the Romney campaign, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, an organization that tracks donations.

The list of actors, directors and producers that donated least $5,000 include: Cameron Crowe, Will Ferrell, Ron Howard, Scarlett Johansson, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Eddie Murphy, George Clooney, J.J. Abrams, Ellen DeGeneres, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert Downey Jr., Jamie Foxx, Brian Grazer, Adrian Grenier, Tom Hanks, Mariska Hargitay, Will Smith, Aaron Sorkin, Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand, Quentin Tarantino, Marlo Thomas, Sam Waterston, Ben Stiller, Oprah Winfrey, Kirk Douglas, Hilary Duff, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Jack Black, Anne Hathaway, Bette Midler, Tobey Maguire and Rita Wilson.

Other celebrities who donated less than $5,000 include Susan Sarandon, Zach Braff, David Arquette, Martin Scorsese, Don Cheadle and Chevy Chase.

The website also reports that many in the music industry have given $5,000, including Don Henley, Gwen Stefani and Randy Newman – as well as many more who have contributed lesser amounts.

The list also includes authors, athletes and individuals in the fashion industry. This list consists of author Steven King, NBA players Vince Carter, Carmelo Anthony and former NBA player Magic Johnson, designer Michael Kors and model Christie Brinkley.

Obama also has a long list of ‘bundlers’ who collect funds from friends, family and associates and then contribute the funds in one large gift.

Some of those that top the list from the industry include Dreamworks’ Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen, Harvey Weinstein, Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and Ron and Kelly Meyer as well as actors Wendell Pierce, Tyler Perry and Eva Longoria.

Many of these individuals collected $500,000 according to the Center for Responsible Politics.

The Romney campaign’s list isn’t as prominent, but still has a few big Hollywood names including  Scott Baio, Jerry Bruckheimer, Neil Simon, Orson Bean, John O’Hurley, Jack Hanna as well as Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez.

 

 

Obama Attends Star-Studded Los Angeles Fundraisers

Picture from actress Emmanuelle Chriqui’s Twitter (@echriqui)

President Obama attended star-studded fundraisers in Los Angeles on Sunday, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Obama began with a private fundraiser at Jeffrey Katzenberg’s house in Beverly Hills, where he apparently addressed a handful of large donors along with former President Bill Clinton.

The Commander-in-chief then made his way downtown to the Nokia Theater, where he addressed nearly 6,000 supporters.

Katy Perry, Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, Earth Wind & Fire and Jon Bon Jovi all performed. George Clooney came out and introduced Wonder.

After the concert, Obama went to Wolfgang Puck‘s WP24’s restaurant where 150 donors paid $25,000 per plate. Clooney and Bon Jovi also made their way to the fundraiser.  Seth MacFarlane, actress Emmanuelle Chriqui, Harvey Weinstein and producer Chuck Lorre were also in attendance.

On Sunday night and Monday, Perry tweeted photos of her nails before the concert that  had Obama’s face on them. She later tweeted a photo of herself for the For All campaign.

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Obama: George Clooney A “Wonderful Guy”

Photo credit: Obama Campaign

President Obama said actor George Clooney is a “wonderful guy” in an interview with  Entertainment Tonight that will air Monday.

“The truth is we got to know each other because of a substantive issue,” Obama said. “He is a terrific advocate on behalf of the people of Darfur, and to the people of Sudan who’ve been brutalized for a long time. And so when I was a senator — this was well before I was president — that was an issue that I was working together on a bipartisan basis, and George, who had traveled there, done documentaries there, and was very well-informed, came to testify in Congress. And so we got to know each other, and he is a good man, and a good friend.”

In the interview, wife Michelle Obama joked that she believes it’s a “conspiracy”  that she’s never around when Clooney comes to town.

“Michelle is always frustrated because a lot of the events that George has been involved in, for some reason, she has something else going on,” Barack said.

In May, Clooney proved his friendship to Obama by hosting a $15 million fundraiser for him at his Los Angeles home. Clooney is also set to host another Obama fundraiser in Switzerland in late August, with tickets starting at $1,000 per attendee.

Brad Pitt’s Mother Writes Scathing Letter About Obama

Actor Brad Pitt‘s mother, Jane Pitt, ripped into President Obama and gays in a letter to the Springfield NewsLeader

I have given much thought to Richard Stoecker’s letter (“Vote for Mormon against beliefs,” June 15). I am also a Christian and differ with the Mormon religion. But I think any Christian should spend much time in prayer before refusing to vote for a family man with high morals, business experience, who is against abortion, and shares Christian conviction concerning homosexuality just because he is a Mormon.

Any Christian who does not vote or writes in a name is casting a vote for Romney’s opponent, Barack Hussein Obama — a man who sat in Jeremiah Wright’s church for years, did not hold a public ceremony to mark the National Day of Prayer, and is a liberal who supports the killing of unborn babies and same-sex marriage.

I hope all Christians give their vote prayerful consideration because voting is a sacred privilege and a serious responsibility.

Pitt recently starred in the pro-gay play “8” with actor George Clooney and other stars. Pitt and fiancé/actress Angelina Jolie visited the White House and spoke with the president in January, while in Washington D.C. screening Jolie’s film, In the Land of Blood and Honey.

Jolie and Pitt in the White House visiting Obama. Photo: JustJared

This is an interesting family development for Pitt, who has often been an outspoken liberal and donated to Obama in 2008. He has also stated that he has strayed away from Christianity due to his strict upbringing.

Jolie’s father, actor Jon Voight is one of Hollywood’s most outspoken conservatives and recently attended a fundraiser for Romney in Beverly Hills. Jolie has had an off and on relationship with her father over the years, and many speculate it is because of his strong Christian conservative beliefs.

In an article from THR, Pitt expressed his support for the president.

“I’m an Obama supporter, no question,” Pitt said. “But it doesn’t mean there’s nothing to learn from the other side.”

According to THR, Pitt told Ellen DeGeneres, “I’ve said that we would not be getting married until everyone in this country had the right to get married.” The couple became engaged in April.

An interesting debacle for two of Hollywood’s biggest stars and their families, who seem to be polar opposites politically.

Clooney to Attend Obama Fundraiser in Geneva

Actor George Clooney is set to attend an Obama fundraiser in Geneva, Switzerland on Aug. 27, according to THR.

The fundraiser is part of a multi-fundraising tour in Europe by the Obama campaign.

Clooney is set to speak to a crowd of 150 donors and later attend an exclusive dinner as a special guest. Tickets for the dinner are $20,000 for singles and $30,000 for couples.

In 2008, Clooney made a similar appearance for Obama across the border in Switzerland to garner cash. Most recently, Clooney held a star-studded $15 million fundraiser at his home for the president in Los Angeles in May.