Clooney Hosting $6M Fundraiser for Obama

Stars coming out for the prez

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 10, 2012 11:38 PM CDT | Updated Apr 11, 2012 12:32 AM CDT

(Newser) – Super PACS might be gearing up to back Mitt Romney in the general election, but George Clooney is about to rake in the bucks for Barack Obama. Clooney is hosting a $6 million fundraiser for the president. The 150-seat, $40,000-a-head dinner will be held at Clooney's Los Angeles home, and will be co-hosted by Dreamworks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg. Obama has been reaching out to Hollywood supporters, particularly since some of his old celeb backers have grown disgruntled and have begun to fall by the wayside.

The bonanza from the May 10 mega-dinner will go to the Obama Victory fund, a joint fundraising committee of Obama for America, the Democratic National Committee, and several state Democratic parties, reports Entertainment Tonight. "I'm proud to do whatever I can to support the president—as long as no one asks me to sing," Clooney quipped to ET. The diehard Obama backer did, however, have some advice for the campaign. "The Democrats are very poor at explaining what it is when they accomplish something," Clooney told Meet the Press. Obama "saved the auto industry, and he got Osama bin Laden. He passed a health care bill that no one could pass."

'I'm proud to do what I can for the prez. I just won't sing,' quips the Cloonster.
'I'm proud to do what I can for the prez. I just won't sing,' quips the Cloonster.   (Getty Images)
George Clooney and dad Nick Clooney protest outside the Sudan Embassy in Washington last month.
George Clooney and dad Nick Clooney protest outside the Sudan Embassy in Washington last month.   (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
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