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George Clooney Fundraiser Banks $15 Million for Hillary Clinton


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.”




Jane Fonda On Playing Nancy Reagan

Outspoken liberal actress Jane Fonda plays former first lady Nancy Reagan in Lee Daniels upcoming film “The Butler.” After being awarded the Los Angeles Press Club’s Visionary Award on Sunday, Fonda discussed her role in a Q&A session.

Fonda said she spoke to Reagan about the role before production.

“I know that she was happy that I was doing it, and I sent some questions to her that she answered,” Fonda said.

The actress said she wanted the portrayal to be as accurate as possible.

“They had be doing something that wasn’t very nice,” Fonda said. “And I said, ‘if she really did this, I’ll do it. But if it’s made up, I don’t want to do it.’ I don’t want to take cheap shots at her, because what she was was like a chief of staff. You couldn’t get to him without going through her. She was a tremendous power broker. She was very important with them. And so I wanted to see her talking to James Baker about the need for a Russian summit, for example, so I wanted to know if she called him ‘Jim’ or ‘James,’ and put her arm through his, and things like that.”

From the left: Director Lee Daniels, Oprah Winfrey, Jane Fonda and Alan Rickman Photo credit: Oprah Winfrey

The two-time Oscar-winner said she was surprised Reagan was happy with her portraying her.

“Yes. Yes,” Fonda said, “because back when she was feisty she wasn’t nice to me. We all mellow. We all mellow.”

Fonda said she “loved” playing the former first lady and would love to do a full movie about her someday.