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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.

Singer Katy Perry

Clooney Hosts Star-Studded Fundraiser for Obama

Actor George Clooney hosted a star-studded fundraiser for President Obama, that was expected to bring in $15 million for the Obama campaign.

The fundraiser was held at Clooney’s house in Studio City and the 150 tickets were going for $40,000 a piece.

The fundraiser was hosted by Dreamworks Animation Chief, Jeffrey Katzenberg and the dinner was provided by chef Wolfgang Puck.

The dinner brought out many celebrities including: Robert Downey Jr., Barbra Streisand, Tobey Maguire, Eddie Murphy, Jack Black, Billy Crystal, Salma Hayek,  Stacy Keibler, designer Trina Turk, J.J. Abrams, Rob Reiner, James Brolin, Diane Von Furstenburg and Barry Diller, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

One of the reasons the fundraiser was one of the largest in terms of money intake, was because the Obama campaign raffled off two tickets for donors who could not afford to pay $40,000 for a regular ticket. The minimum donation a person could make was $3. The two winners were both women from New Jersey and Florida.

Hollywood’s enthusiasm hasn’t been as high for Obama during this election cycle. However, many political analysts believe that Obama may have reenergized the entertainment industry’s excitement after coming out in support for gay marriage on Wednesday.

Since his endorsement of gay marriage, Glee’s Ryan Murphy has already set up a fundraiser for the President next month.

Republicans have already criticized the President for the fundraiser.

“President Obama is headed to Hollywood to hobnob with celebrities while the middle class continues to be squeezed by Obama’s policies,” said Kirsten Kukowski, spokesperson for the Republican National Committee.