On May 11, actor George Clooney opened his home to President Barack Obama and played host to one of the biggest campaign fundraisers ever. The event took place on a basketball court at Clooney’s Los Angeles home with chef Wolfgang Puck preparing the $40,000-a-plate dinner for the President and about 150 of his Hollywood supporters. Clooney has been friends with the president since 2008 when they met at an event where Clooney was spreading awareness for Darfur.
According to the Associated Press, the $15 million raised at the event was a record amount from any single fundraiser. “We raised a lot of money because people love George,” the President confessed. “They like me, they love George.”
Many celebrities paid big money to attend this dinner including Robert Downey Jr., Jack Black, Salma Hayek and Tobey Maguire.
The day before, President Obama had just made his support for gay marriage public which was followed by the support from many celebrities such as Ellen Degeneres and Justin Timberlake. At the dinner, the President recognized his big move, saying, “Obviously, yesterday we made some news.” In the first 90 minutes after news of Obama’s support of gay marriage, his campaign raised $1 million in spontaneous contributions, according to BuzzFeed. It looks like the president campaign is doing well financially!Barack Obama, Fundraiser, George Clooney