Obama to hit up big time fundraisers in L.A.
April 19th, 2011
08:27 AM ET
11 years ago

Obama to hit up big time fundraisers in L.A.

(CNN) - Democratic sources tell CNN the president's Los Angeles fundraisers include two small dinners and a rally. Each dinner seats 60 people. The ask: $35,800 per person. That includes $30,800 for the DNC and $5000 to the campaign.

The first 60-person dinner will be on the Sony Pictures lot. Sony CEO and Chairman Michael Lynton helped organize the event. The second, at the Brentwood restaurant, the Tavern, will be chaired by tennis channel CEO Ken Soloman and Capital Group's John Emerson – Southern California finance Co-chairs – as well as democratic consultant and fundraiser Andy Spahn and movie mogul Jeffery Katzenberg.

The President will also attend a rally on the Sony lot with tickets priced $100-$2500.

Democrats say they initially planned just one dinner at Tavern, but demand was high enough to warrant a second. Donors have been told the president will go table to table sitting with the $35,800 diners.

For comparison, during the 1990s Hollywood threw $100,000-plate fundraising dinners for then-President Bill Clinton. They were slightly smaller affairs – 10 to 20 people – and at the home of a sought after Los Angeles heavyweight.

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. ConservaFascists

    Rake in the money Mr. President. At least at these fundraisers, we know who's sponsoring them.

    April 19, 2011 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  2. Carol

    How could I be so ..... I won't be making any future purchases of Sony Equipment. I also won't be watching any future entertainment that comes through from those guys...

    April 19, 2011 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  3. razmataz

    SO, now that we FINALLY have a budget for the rest of the year, he feels he has time to go campaigning. Never mind unemployment, the economy, three wars (one of them totally his); that stuff will all sort itself out. It's just a shame that 52% of the voting public were hoodwinked by this empty suit, and though nearly all of them realize it by now, most of them cannot bring themselves to admit it.

    April 19, 2011 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  4. Fair is Fair

    On the bright side, the more time he spends campaigning, the less damage he can do in Washington.

    April 19, 2011 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  5. Rsprings

    I wonder who was getting and giving autographs? I'll bet the guest list was the old Hollywood left wing. You know the limo liberals who want the ordinary folks to go green while they live in huge mansions, drive big cars, fly around in personal jets, etc. Jerks all.

    April 19, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  6. Yolanda

    Glad to see that everything is so buttoned down that our fearless leader can focus on lining his pockets.

    April 19, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Does the GOTP announce major fund raising events?

    April 19, 2011 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  8. barb

    "Do what you need to do Mr.President, "Anything to keep the right and their Extremist away from the White House? Your doing an incredible job,pulling us from "Disaster" of the last 10 year of Gop Rule! Thanks for "Trying so hard to improve our image to the world" The world went into shock during the Bush era? Obama 2012

    April 19, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  9. NVa Native

    I love this because Obama raising big bucks from so-called "Hollywood types" will explode the pea-brains of the self-righteous bigots of the right wing.
    Nothing can match the outrageous bribery of the Koch Bros and corporate (anti-)America throwing money at the Repbs through fake "grass-roots" lobyists, but this is a good start.
    It's all part of everyone (one person one vote) doing what they can to re-elect OUR (middle-class, small business, and working class) President.

    April 19, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  10. the real ib

    Sony probably thinks by doing this they can do the same as Obama's buddy GE did; pay 0 in taxes for the year

    April 19, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  11. the real ib

    barb; guess that's why unemployment is still above 8% and gas is above $4 per gallon in a lot of places because Obama is doing such a great job.

    April 19, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  12. rusty155

    What the different any how If he come up for Idea for Job the Republican In the House wouldn't pass any how. And It was the Republican In 2010 that say they would find jobs and get America working again, well so mush for that Idea because they haven't even try. At lease President Obama got thing looking better than they was In 2008 with what President BUSH left him. You people need to get by his skin color , he really not doing a bad Job.

    April 19, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |