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

    Need more people like George Clooney in this world. The work he does outside of his acting career is impressive God Bless.

    May 10, 2012 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  2. Guest

    who cares what the Hollywood one percenters think. They are so arrogant.

    May 10, 2012 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  3. Scott in Michigan

    Oh but hey, Obama is just like the average Joe. He understands the middle class. Sure he does – doesn't everybody have dinner with George Clooney? I think I have reservations with him next week. What a complete hypocrite.

    May 10, 2012 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  4. The GOP opens mouth and inserts foot

    Good. 🙂

    We need President Obama for another 4 years if we're ever to get this country out of the mess Bush and the GOPers put it in.

    May 10, 2012 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  5. Donkey Party

    Cue all the faux outrage, disgust, and asinine comments from the right-wingers labeling President Obama a "celebrity", while they conveniently forget the fact that their hero and Messiah Ronald Reagan was a celebrity.

    May 10, 2012 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  6. Disgusted

    The president's announcement of his support for same-sex marriage couldn't have come at a more opportune time, could it. I wonder if it had anything to do with this mega-fundraiser. Ya think?

    May 10, 2012 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  7. Elan

    Honestly, dinners like these are really cheating the system. If there is a rule in place that a person cannot donate more than $2,500 to a Presidential campaign, I see absolutely no reason why a fundraiser can charge $40,000 per plate and then give all of that money over to the campaign! I think that either dinners like these should be banned or there should not be any limit on donations that are allowed to be given. This just seems very sketchy.

    May 10, 2012 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Way to go Clooney!
    Wonder how much Rmoney collected with his sit-with-a-loser-to-watch-more-losers! (Yankee fan here!).

    May 10, 2012 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  9. RandyIA

    And who said the 1% was Republican?

    May 10, 2012 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  10. Hoosier61

    What a waste of time and money. Money is not going to save any incumbent this coming November. If you are up for re-election for any office, it does not matter if you are Republican, Democrat, Independent, or Tea Party, you are going down in defeat. The country is sick and tired of these career politicians who don't know how to do anything except get re-elected. Party's over!

    May 10, 2012 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  11. Guess What

    Time To Boycott Cloney fims and tv shows, let the boycoltt begin or maybe cloney is gay

    May 10, 2012 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  12. Anonymous

    Cue the "who cares about liberal Hollywood!" hatemonkeys in 4,3,2,1....

    May 10, 2012 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  13. peter

    The math showing raffle ticket sales and total made doesn't make any sense.

    "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."

    May 10, 2012 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  14. Owebama

    The comments here are great. If you think Clooney will pay more taxes you are a joke, he will be protected like all the other limousine liberals.

    May 10, 2012 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  15. jim rodriguez

    I liked clooney till this....
    Romney 2012

    May 10, 2012 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  16. Norma Vessels

    To Owebama .. if the Republican congressmen and women would get off their duffs and support removing the Bush tax breaks for the wealthy, Mr. Clooney would be paying more taxes .. so don't blame the Democrats for the Republican tom-foolery!

    May 10, 2012 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  17. Andrew

    George Clooney was not raised a 1%'er, he is the offspring of hard working class Dems and he has not forgotten where he comes from. Obama 2012!

    May 10, 2012 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  18. PaMom

    Obama's aupport of gay marriage is completely political in nature or he would have supported this movement long ago. Time for the WH to focus on their job...the country! On the other hand, why do the liberals think Romney is a 1%er and not look to their own including Obama, Pelosi, etc? Do you honestly think they can relate to middle class? Do you really think $40,000 a plate is ok? Obama know very well how to play the ignorant and the wealthy!! Please, get rid of this fake 2012!

    May 10, 2012 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  19. mike Lake Orion Michigan

    Looney Clooney who cares. Haven't been to a movie in over 10 years so these hollywood nut jobs don't get a dime of my money.

    May 10, 2012 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  20. Joann

    I am a hard working independent small business owner. I have excellent crdsit and have been successful for over 8 years. Yet, I can't get a business loan. I tell you what, how about Mr. Clooney and our President spread some of that money to people who really need it. How about get some donations to the people who lost thier jobs the past 4 years. It just sickens me to see how much money is raised for politicians while Americans go hungry and are homeless!!

    May 10, 2012 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  21. Indyswimmer66

    George Clooney rocks!

    May 10, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  22. Ed1

    Our president rock star will be right at home bashes the so called 1% but doesn't turn down any of their money what a joke.

    May 10, 2012 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  23. Erik

    Good job, Clooney!!!

    May 10, 2012 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  24. Nicdy3

    Take it easy. Clooney is from my home state of Kentucky and the son of a well-loved and very respected (yes, even in the crazy conservative northern KY and southern OH area) local newsman. He was raised with strong values and uses his celebrity status in a positive way, helping to speak for those who need a louder voice, in our own country or abroad. Hats off to you George.

    And yes, folks who can afford these fundraisers are the 1%, and they're voting for equality on all fronts. That means they want to increase their own taxes so they pay the same percentage as the rest of us.

    May 10, 2012 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  25. benjamin

    Clooney will work harder for Obama now that Obama has come out for gay marriage!!!!!! Hollywood stars are the 1 percenters

    May 10, 2012 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
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