Dems Selling 'Obama, Clooney and You' Contest
By Tim Graham | April 20, 2012 | 10:52
The latest Obama e-mail to supporters begins: "Want to meet George Clooney and Barack Obama -- at Clooney's house? He's hosting supporters at his home next month to help build support for this campaign and elect President Obama in November. And he's saving seats for two grassroots supporters like you and their guests. It's just not a chance most people get -- well, ever."
The New York Daily News reports the e-mail from Obama deputy campaign manager Julianna Smoot advertises an "Obama, Clooney, and You" contest. "George Clooney is doing his part to help re-elect the President, but he also knows that it's folks like you who will decide this election. That's why we're reserving a few spots for grassroots supporters." All this is meant to add "little people" to a $6 million fundraiser for Hollywood's One Percent.
Smoot then asks for money: "If you donate $3 or whatever you can today, you'll be doing your part to support the campaign, and be automatically entered to join them in Los Angeles. The Hollywood Reporter relayed "The Oscar-winning actor and longtime Democratic activist will host a 150-seat, $40,000-a-plate fundraising dinner for the president's re-election campaign. The event will be held at Clooney's home and be co-hosted by DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg; the exec was slated to host the party, but his $35 million new home was not finished in time, which led to the search for a new location."
On Friday, Vice President Biden will be in southern California for a series of events, including a $2,500-a-head shindig at a "secret" location in Santa Barbara.