President Barack Obama departs the White House Feb. 15, 2012 in Washington
*President Barack Obama wrapped up a two-day fundraising swing through Southern California Thursday, having collected $4 million during a trio of events designed to strengthen his reelection campaign’s ties with younger voters and the area’s business and legal communities, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The Democratic National Committee’s Southern California finance chairman, John Emerson and Ken Solomon, confirmed the total, however, the final numbers have yet to be released. In all likelihood only a portion of that sum came from Hollywood sources, reports THR.
One of the fundraisers took place Wednesday night at the Holmby Hills home of soap opera producer Bradley Bell and his wife Colleen. Longtime Obama fan George Clooney was in attendance, and the dinner was preceded by a concert for young givers featuring a performance by the Foo Fighters.
The intent of Wednesday’s gathering was not only to raise money but also give Obama an opportunity to network with leaders from other sectors and industries in Los Angeles. And, according to Emerson, the effort turned out better than expected. “We blew well past our goal,” he said.
Among those attending the $35,800-per-person dinner were Oaktree Capital co-founder and president Bruce Karsh and his wife Martha, Barry Porter from Clarity Partners, and Joe Calabrese of O’Melveny and Myers.
After the dinner, according to THR, Obama had a private meeting at the Bell home with a dozen members of Southern California’s Asian-American community. The small gathering included Miky Lee, the vice chairwoman of CJ Corp., the parent company of Samsung. (She flew in for the event from Seoul, Korea, where she splits her time.) Lee, an American citizen, is best known as the Korean heiress who persuaded her family company to invest $300 million in DreamWorks SKG. The private meeting with Obama also included Brian Lee, co-founder of LegalZoom.com, and Ted Kim, head of US operations for CJ Corp.
The Hollywood crowd included co-hosts Nicole Avant and Ted Sarandos, James Belushi, Will Ferrell and his wife Viveca Paulia, Mike and Irena Medavoy and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin.
After a night at the Beverly Hilton, the president traveled south to Corona Del Mar on Thursday to attend a fundraising breakfast at the home of Jeff and Nancy Stack. Tickets were priced at $2,500 a person. Thursday afternoon, Obama was headed to San Francisco, where he was to appear at an exclusive event at the Mark Hopkins Hotel. The expected crowd of about 20 paid $35,800 apiece to meet the president there.
He’s also due to attend a fundraising dinner with 70 supporters at a private home in San Francisco, followed by a fundraising reception at the Nob Hill Masonic Center, which is expected to draw 2,500, mostly young people and will feature a musical performance by Chris Cornell. Tickets for the dinner cost $35,800, with $5,000 going to Obama’s reelection campaign and $30,800 going to the DNC. Tickets for the reception start at $100. Singer Al Green is expected to attend.