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Clooney: ‘We’ve Raised About $10 Million’ for Obama

Monday, 30 Apr 2012 02:15 PM

By James Hirsen

George Clooney stated Saturday that a fundraising dinner, which will be held at the actor’s Malibu home, will bring in $10 million for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.

If Clooney’s prediction is accurate, the May 10 dinner will yield the largest amount ever for a single Obama campaign event and would exceed the entire amount the Obama campaign had collected from the entertainment industry during the 2008 presidential election.

“All I know is it's the biggest fundraiser so far to date — ever,” Clooney told the Wall Street Journal.

“Right now we've raised about $10 million for the fundraiser, which is about double anything that's ever been done before,” the actor said.

According to the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP), entertainment industry donors contributed approximately $7.1 million to the Obama campaign and Democratic National Committee through the end of March — a 65 percent increase over the comparable period in the 2008 campaign.

Although the Obama campaign has done reasonably well with fundraising in the current presidential election cycle, the lack of enthusiasm when compared to the last presidential campaign is raising concerns over the long term. Evidently as a result, the president’s fundraising operation has turned to Hollywood, and to Clooney’s star power specifically, to try and fatten Obama’s campaign war chest.

Mitt Romney has just begun gathering campaign donations in conjunction with the Republican National Committee, and the presumptive GOP presidential nominee will be assisted by well-funded external Republican groups that are intent on preventing Obama’s re-election.

The American Crossroads super PAC and Restore Our Future super PAC are expected to raise record amounts for the general presidential election, now that the hotly contested primary season is effectively over.

As was anticipated, Obama has received far more Hollywood money than Romney, who has accumulated about $363,000 in campaign donations from the entertainment sector, according to the CRP.

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