August 5th, 2008
06:26 PM ET
10 years ago

Hollywood megastar to host fundraiser for Obama

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(CNN)—Academy award winning actor George Clooney is set to host a fundraiser for Barack Obama in Switzerland next month.

The event, taking place on the evening of September 2 in Geneva, Switzerland will be split into two parts: a reception and a dinner. According to Obama’s National Finance Committee, tickets for the reception where Clooney will speak are going for $1,000, followed by a dinner at the home of NFC member Charles Adams for $10,000 a plate. Space for the dinner is limited to 75 guests.

Clooney made headlines in February when he told CNN he was hesitant to campaign for the presumptive Democratic nominee, calling it a ‘slippery slope.’

“I feel that at times you can harm the person that you are trying to help,” Clooney told CNN’s Kiran Chetry in reference to campaigning for Obama. “I don’t want to damage anybody.”

Watch: Clooney won't stump for Obama

The Academy Award winning actor officially endorsed Obama early last year calling him a ‘rock star.’ Clooney compared him to the likes of John and Robert Kennedy saying, “Few people in my lifetime, that I’ve heard speak made me want to get up and do something,” but cautioned, “I don’t want to hurt him by saying that.”

Although next months fundraiser is taking place overseas, the campaign specified only U.S. Citizens with a passport will be allowed to contribute to the campaign.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (108 Responses)
  1. Jim, Honolulu

    As an independent, I have no stake in this question, but maybe somebody could answer me (seriously). Now with Chuck Heston gone, and other than Chuck Norris, are there any Hollywood celebrities of the Republican persuasion left in L.A.? And I mean real Hollywood celebrities, not the red-state Nashville-type celebrities? And publicly so? Thanks.

    August 5, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  2. ree

    Why Switzerland? Why not in the United States? Will his "only now proud to be American" wife be there?

    If Sen. McCain was having a fund raiser like this all you Obama supporters and the news media would be all over it.

    Oh, by the way, how come obama only leading by five points? Could it be people are finally getting smart to him.

    August 5, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  3. Jo Ann

    way to go Clooney!

    August 5, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  4. Ed

    Two hollow heads on stage at the same time?

    August 5, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  5. dave

    When is CNN going to cover this birth certificate issue??

    August 5, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  6. victorhill

    I THINK YOU GUYS SHOULD INVITE MCCLUELESS, Yeah So He Can Wear His 4 Billion Dollar Shoes!

    August 5, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  7. Pat

    There's National Stars and Movie Stars. Two Separate Entities. IMHO
    Oprah caused enough flak. Why dig oneself in deeper when it's not needed. Why give the Repugnicants more ammo about Stardom?
    Clooney not needed.

    August 5, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  8. Terrance

    Obama 08

    August 5, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
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