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.

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soundoff (108 Responses)

    Say....can Clooney hold a fundraiser for me to too?

    August 5, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  2. Rave

    Good call by George Clooney. He is wise.
    OBAMA (2008 -16)

    August 5, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  3. Great To Be An American

    Georgia Clooney is not only a good man, but a smart man.

    August 5, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  4. Selected not elected

    Didn't Obama say the pop star image was an untrue distraction?

    Why does he keep perpetuating that glitzy image and exploiting it for his personal gain?

    Why bother to vote? Lets let Oprah and her celebrity big shots pick our next prez.

    August 5, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  5. S. Boatman

    Another Smart American Doing The Right Thing And Backing Obama!

    August 5, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  6. Ridgeway

    Another, educated, deep thinking, concerned citizen. He's an actor. Get an actor. Not a teacher, not a great humanitarian, not the one who will discover a cure for cancer. He's an actor just like Hussein.

    August 5, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  7. Karen in Cape Cod

    I appreciate George Clooney's talent, but to support a man who has NO EXPERIENCE to become the new leader of this country is INSANE!

    August 5, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  8. Independant Thinker

    Ah, another ELITIST coming to Obama's aid.

    An ELITIST for another ELITIST.

    The Hollywood actors live in a fantacy world and have NO idea what the rest of America is going thru.

    August 5, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  9. RJ, CA

    "David Goldman" aka "Venus" aka "Dr. Mimi:"

    YOU are the one who is "clue-less" - there are millions of American voters who aren't one bit impressed with what George Clooney - or any other "megastar" thinks. Clooney jets around in Europe - has no idea what the average American has to deal with daily - and we should care what he thinks? WE DON'T!

    And what did his "beloved" Obama do for Darfur (Clooney's "pet project") during his stint in the U.S. Senate - or while in the IL Senate? Can't recall anything, actually. Can you?

    August 5, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  10. Sherry, Atlanta


    August 5, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  11. Franky

    Do you know what surprises me still?? The fact when Senator McCain released that ad about Paris and Britney, we heard the mom, right? She talked about what a waste of money was thrown, the time wasted, time consuming, people's money, etc. But not once did she mention her daughter. She did not mention once the main significance of how that ad was portraying her daughter. I thought that was surprising! I know she's an adult and she takes care of herself but even her OWN mom didn't defend her! She basically said, "I don't care if you make fun of my daughter but waste my money on something good."

    I'm just schocked that she didn't defend her.....especially that she donated.

    August 5, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  12. Crush Rush

    I can finally thank a George.

    August 5, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  13. dave

    Allah, GOD,

    Please help us if the Barack, "The Tire Gauge Guy" becomes our next president.

    I'd rather vote for Larry the Cable Guy.

    August 5, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  14. Mahesh

    yeahhhhhhh way to go Clooney..., we are proud of you and your endorsement... Good Luck with your humanitarian efforts too....
    BO/GC: remember if you believe in yourself you can do anything you set out to do..!!

    August 5, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  15. Debby

    Gosh Clooney is looking so old.

    August 5, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  16. YouTube "What Happened"

    When George Clooney talks, women ARE going to listen – No matter what party they are affilitated with!

    August 5, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  17. unity

    When the Clooney speaks, the women ARE going to listen.

    August 5, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  18. Carolyn

    Thank you George Clooney.

    August 5, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  19. Ilona Hussein Proud Canadian



    WHATEVER HAPPENS, THANK YOU GEORGE! YOU ARE MY FOVOURITE FILM STAR. I just wish that I could meet you in person!

    August 5, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |

    guess clooney figured he could make a better political ststement with presence and cash than his flims. just what we need another hi flying celebrity pretending to understand day to day life and needs in america. SURE HOPE FABIO DOESNT SHOW UP. YOU KNOW HE CLASHES WITH CLOONEY ON EVERYTHING FROM FASHION TO MANLINESS. GEES SEEMS LIKE A-L-L CELEBRITIES ARE OUT OF TOUCH, OUT OF SYNC, AND USUALLY LIVING OUT OF THE COUNTRY. TO THINK THAT POOR GIRL ON ER TRIED TO COMMIT HARRY-CARRY OVER HIM.....................................LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 5, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  21. mpl in va

    I've always admired Cloony. Seems to be a smart individual. Its also good to see a wealthy person no that the needs of the many out way the needs of the few...

    August 5, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  22. Susan

    Thank you, Feorge! The only thing is I am shure that McLame will be whining about celebrities again. Anthing to distract from the issues! That is the Republican way!

    August 5, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  23. Jim in Orlando

    Clooney the Looney and Obamination ! Hahahahhahahahahahah !

    August 5, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  24. Barack the Vote

    Now, that's the kind of t.v. ad we want to see! Not something stupid which attempts to belittle a candidate for the highest office of the land, the President of the United States of America. While at the same time, REALLY SHOWING US WHAT IDIOTS THE McCAIN CAMP ARE for trying to frame Paris Hilton in a negative light and showing no regard for all of the emotional trauma Britney Spears suffered over the past 2 years. The t.v. ad is a disgusting juvenile "misfire" and as McCain's own mother said, It's Silly!

    August 5, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  25. randy

    Keep having them George, most americans look at hollywood like the Romans. Romans viewed actors as the lowest form of sociaty

    August 5, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
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