Tags: streisand | gala | obama

Streisand Gala Raises $9 Million for Obama

Wednesday, 17 Sep 2008 11:58 AM

By Jim Meyers

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

Hollywood stars came out in force as Barbra Streisand hosted a gala that raised more than $9 million for Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama Tuesday night.

Several hundred guests forked over $28,500 each to attend a dinner and reception in Beverly Hills and hear Streisand sing four songs, including “Make Someone Happy,” Fox News reported.

A later event cost attendees $7,500 each.

Streisand’s audience included Steven Spielberg and his Dreamworks partners Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen, Leonardo DiCaprio, Will Ferrell, Jodie Foster, Jamie Lee Curtis and Chris Rock.

Obama told the well-heeled gathering: "If we can cut through the nonsense and the lipstick and the pigs and the silliness, then I'm absolutely convinced that we're going to win.”

Streisand is not the only Hollywood player to come out strong for Obama. George Clooney hosted an event in Geneva, Switzerland, on Sept. 2, when nearly 200 attendees — all U.S. citizens — paid $1,000 apiece to hear Clooney praise Obama. He also hosted a private dinner with 75 Obama backers who have raised $10,000 for the Democrat.

Clooney called Obama a “rock star” when he endorsed him last year.

There is even talk that the rock group The Grateful Dead are planning to reassemble to perform a concert for the Obama campaign.

Obama has now raised $440 million, more than any presidential candidate in history, including a record $66 million in August, according to The Washington Post.

He is also the first presidential nominee to eschew public funding for the general election. His Republican opponent John McCain has received $84 million from the federal government.

At a campaign stop in Ohio, McCain has this to say about Obama and the Beverly Hills fundraiser:

“He talked about siding with the people… just before he flew off to Hollywood for a fundraiser with Barbra Streisand and his celebrity friends. Let me tell you, my friends, there is no place I’d rather be than here, with the working men and women of Ohio.”

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Mali's Islamists Withdraw Cease-Fire Pledge

Friday, 04 Jan 2013 13:06 PM

Tens of thousands of Fatah supporters rallied in the Hamas stronghold of Gaza on Friday for the first time since they we . . .

Fmr. CIA Director Hayden: Iran Nuclear Crisis Gets 'Scarier'

Tuesday, 17 Jul 2012 18:11 PM

 . . .

Join Fmr. CIA Director for Special Iran Briefing, Assess the Danger

Friday, 13 Jul 2012 12:27 PM

 . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved