Dinner with Clooney, Obama nets $15 million
May 9th, 2012
08:54 PM ET
10 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. rude

    Those millionaires don't care if their taxes go back up to Reagan times. God bless 'em.

    May 9, 2012 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  2. Gurgyl

    PS: nation needs this president.

    May 9, 2012 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  3. romoownssteveyoung

    Someone get this man George a drink. He's a true patriot. He could easily swing republican and save money, but he goes to bat for the party that will eventually tax him harder, but will see the middle class thrive and be protected! Thank god for mr. Clooney.

    May 9, 2012 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  4. mary

    This is a small drop in the bucket. Even as I type this.. the GOP is deepening their SuperPacs. Funny how those super billionaries will donate tons of money for the "flip-flopper" but they won't invest that money so our country can prosper. No....they will give millions to the "flip-flopper" so he and the GOP can continue to protect them and the 1 % from regulations and of course allow them their loopholes, tax shelters, etc. No..the Demos can't let up for one minute!!!!

    May 9, 2012 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  5. Jewels

    That's what I'm talkin' about! You go, bo-hunks!!!

    May 9, 2012 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  6. Bill

    This is great stuff. More raised in one event than Mittens has in his entire general election fund. Even with the sinister Rove and his groups providing help, the Obama team will outraise them all.

    May 9, 2012 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  7. Sirned

    Just a shout out to the rich liberals. Thanks from a rural Red State. I don't have money to contribute because the policies the last 10 years have made it hard to make ends meet soI'm grateful for rich liberals for caring enough about the little guy and agreeing to a tax hike and giving money. Our property taxes will go up because the Federal Government doesn't want to help our education in the states out anymore under Republicans. And my property taxes are so high right now. My family is nervous economically because my spouse and I really need Social Security and Medicare in the next few years but Republicans say openly they want to cut and get rid of the programs. They say on Monday they want to save it.and on Tuesday they want to get rid of it... I just don't trust Republicans anymore. They seem to only care about people like you the rich. Thank goodness the rich liberals care about me...A big shout out to you to Mr. Clooney....Obama 2012

    May 10, 2012 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  8. mk1

    That is still a tiny amount when compared to the hundreds and hundreds of millions already given and will be given to right wing PACs to defeat the President. Hey, outside Indiana sources spent 3.6 million dollars to defeat Senator Lugar, imagine what they will spend to defeat President Obama. I would bet the President will spend less than half what the wealthy will spend during the election in their effort to buy this election, and unfortunately they just might succeed. What a sad day for America.

    May 10, 2012 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  9. Jay

    Disappointed in Clooney, don't know if I can stomach watching any films of his from now on. Open your eyes people, Ron Paul all the way, he's the only one that couldn't/can't be bought.

    May 10, 2012 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  10. MJL

    Now let's see how much Chuck Norris can get for Romney.

    May 10, 2012 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  11. Living in the REAL world

    Looks like the small minded Hollywood crowd is jumping on board the Obama Failure Express and trying to buy another 4 years. Not enough money in Hollywood to make that happen

    May 10, 2012 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  12. Rob

    It doesn't matter how much money the left-wing socialists come up with, it will do them no good. Obama and crew are going to be struck down by a tsunami of American voters in November and they will all be looking for a new job. NOBAMA 2012.

    May 10, 2012 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  13. Cortanis

    Who got the dinner tickets? Who managed to shell out that much?

    May 10, 2012 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  14. Steve

    George Clooney can take part of the blame if Obama is allowed to damage this country further

    May 10, 2012 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  15. SkyKing

    Money is necessary.
    But more necessary is votes.

    May 10, 2012 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  16. Thomas

    Must have been a good party

    You must admit there were some interesting people there. I'm sure Kidd Rock and Ted Nugget will do the same for Romney.

    May 10, 2012 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
  17. Omar Dice

    Mr. Clooney, Thank You for helping us try to hold on to our Democracy. Karl Rove, the miscreant and law-breaker who shoehorned cheating Bush into office in 2000, has already raised many millions of dollars for a SuperPac for Mitt Romney! So Romney's poor-mouthing doesn't nearly tell the story. In '08, many, Many, MANY American citizens contributed relatively small amounts to President Obama's campaign. Those many small donations helped Obama raise more money than any Presidential candidate in HISTORY! That is a very good thing. But conservatives hated the idea of We the People defeating them that way and came up with something they thought might "thwart" us, the Orwellian titled "Citizens" United. We MUST reelect President Obama and also elect a majority Democratic Congress or our beloved Democracy could slide into Oligarchy– much to the evil Koch Brothers' delight!

    May 10, 2012 04:57 am at 4:57 am |
  18. Gimmeabreak!

    Whoopdeedoo, George - still not gonna vote for "your" man!

    May 10, 2012 05:11 am at 5:11 am |
  19. ouisee

    This is great news. It makes me like George Clooney more. He is a great actor, director, human being and great for the public to admire. "You rock George Clooney, I will now go back to the movies and buy a ticket because of you."

    May 10, 2012 05:17 am at 5:17 am |
  20. ouisee

    This is great news from a wonderful person, director and actor. He has the abilityand wisdom to do the right thing. I will start going back to the movies and buy a ticket because of his insight. "You rock George Clooney, you just made made me a big fand":)

    May 10, 2012 05:20 am at 5:20 am |
  21. OCVoterinCA

    GO FORWARD. Obama2012

    May 10, 2012 05:39 am at 5:39 am |
  22. Kate

    President Obama-4 more years!

    May 10, 2012 06:04 am at 6:04 am |
  23. Don

    I'm an Obama supporter but there is WAY too much money in politics today. I would like to see the FCC create 2 chanels one for federal elections and one for State and local elections. Free access to all candidates after the primaries and a modest fee before that time.

    May 10, 2012 06:04 am at 6:04 am |
  24. Jerry

    Maybe Mr. Misguided Clooney and the "Clueless One" should consider contributing the $15 mil to the US Treasury to assist with our national debt. Oops! I forgot they don't want those funds to be misspent by the Mr. Obama administration.

    America, come 2012 lets show this spiked Kool Aid drinking/misguided fools that the White House IS NOT FOR SALE!!!

    May 10, 2012 06:16 am at 6:16 am |
  25. works4me

    Don't spend any in West Virginia...

    May 10, 2012 06:27 am at 6:27 am |
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