The record-breaking fundraiser held at George Clooney’s home coupled with President Barack Obama’s recent statements on same-sex marriage have encouraged even more Hollywood fundraising efforts to assist Obama’s re-election.
DreamWorks Animation president Jeffrey Katzenberg organized the Clooney event, which brought in a record-setting $15 million.
In hopes of motivating the entertainment industry to rally around Obama’s presidential re-election effort, Andy Spahn, a political adviser to Katzenberg, has reportedly been working with the Obama campaign for months.
Organizers of the Clooney event told Variety that there has been a sharp increase in donations to Obama-related fundraising events, which are scheduled to be held next month.
The president will board Air Force One and make a return trip to Los Angeles for a June 6 concert, which will be held for the gay and lesbian community. Pop singer Pink is scheduled to perform, and according to organizers, tickets will range from $1,250 to $25,000.
Evidently pleased with Obama’s recent endorsement of same-sex marriage, “Glee” co-creator Ryan Murphy, who is also co-creator of FX’s “American Horror Story,” will also hold a dinner at his home on the same evening of the concert to boost the president’s campaign coffer.
Murphy and David Miller, Murphy’s fiancé, are slated to co-host an event that is expected to bring together entertainment industry supporters willing to pay $40,000 per couple or $25,000 for those attending on their own.
Guests will have the opportunity to be named additional co-hosts by pledging to raise $250,000 for the Obama campaign.
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