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Obama Hits Up L.A., Meets With Will Smith

President Obama made a fundraising swing through Los Angeles last week, which included an appearance on The Ellen Show and hanging out with celebrity donors.

Obama attended a high-dollar fundraisers at HBO President of Programming Michael Lombardo and Leah and Sam Fisher’s house, where John Legend performed. Other co-hosts included Mark Ronson, music manager Brandon Creed and Empire actress and ex-Destiny’s Child singer Kelly Rowland and her husband/manager Tim Weatherspoon, according to Deadline

Later that day, Obama met privately with Dreamworks’ Jeffrey Katzenberg, actor Will Smith and Disney’s Alan Horn, according to Deadline.

 

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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.

 

 

Michelle Obama Headed to Will Smith Fundraiser

(Photo: Reuters)

First Lady Michelle Obama is returning to Los Angeles October 25 for a fundraiser held at actor Will Smith and wife Jada Pinkett Smith‘s house in Calabasas, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The fundraiser will be co-hosted by actress Salma Hayek, Roc Nation co-founder Jay Brown and wife Kawanna, film producer James Lassiter and wife Maiand Lady Gaga manager Troy Carter and wife Rebecca.

Tickets for the lunch are going for a $2,500-per-person contribution to the Obama Victory Fund. A $10,000-per-couple donation for a photo with the first lady. Guests willing to pay $40,000 will get lunch for two, a photo with Mrs. Obama and an exclusive meet-and-greet before the meal.

This isn’t the first time the first lady fundraised in Los Angeles. She attended a fundraiser earlier this summer held by singer and fashionista Gwen Stefani in Beverly Hills.

The Smiths and some of the other co-hosts have previously co-hosted fundraisers for the Obama campaign, specifically in fall 2011.

President Obama recently wrapped a star-studded fundraising weekend in Los Angeles that apparently netted the Obama campaign close to $10 million.