Dinner with Clooney, Obama nets $15 million
May 9th, 2012
08:54 PM ET
11 years ago

Dinner with Clooney, Obama nets $15 million

(CNN) - There are bundlers - the mega-fundraisers who collect checks from friends and contacts, then forward them to campaigns - and then there's George Clooney.

Clooney did something that few, if any, bundlers have done this year for President Barack Obama's campaign: rake in $15 million dollars, a figure provided to CNN by a top Democratic source.

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The campaign raffled two tickets to join Clooney and Obama at the movie star's Los Angeles home for a dinner on Thursday. The campaign said last week that it had raked in $6 million by selling tickets for 150 guests, suggesting the raffle earned the campaign $9 million.

The campaign has previously raffled - always requesting an optional campaign donation - attendance dinners with Obama and his wife, Michelle. Earlier this year, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney conducted a similar raffle for seats with him at a Red Sox baseball game.

Clooney was last seen at the White House in mid-March, when he met with Obama to raise awareness about the South Sudan crisis.

Clooney said last week that the event was "the biggest fundraiser so far to date-ever," and that it was "double anything that's ever been done before."

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soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. Deep State

    Will the taxpayers be re-compensated for the cost of the flight out to California?

    May 10, 2012 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    To all the haters, Clooney raised $15 million, if you didn't contribute then you don't have any complaints.

    May 10, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
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