Obama fundraisers feature Grammy winners and Hollywood elite
Maybe President Obama made up with Hollywood SOPA interests over Valentine's Day. Motion Picture Association of America President Chris Dodd threatened that Hollywood donations would dry up after President Obama sided with open internet activists against the "Stop Online Piracy Act," which the entertainment industry's argues is necessary to stop online ripoffs of music and movies.
Despite the former Democratic senator's fulminations, the entertainment industry still seems to heart Obama, who is shaking the money tree in City of Angels Wednesday, the first stop on a three-day Left Coast fundraising tour. As if the president weren't a big enough draw, the Foo Fighters, who scored five Grammies earlier this week, are performing a fundraising concert at the home of Colleen and Bradley Bell. According to Huffington Post, Bradley is the executive producer and writer for the soap The Bold and the Beautiful. Tickets cost between $250 and $1,500.
For a $35,800 donation you can attend the concert and dine with the president, comedian Will Farrell, and Ken Solomon, chairman of Ovation Television and the Tennis Channel. He's an Obama bundler.
Obama continues his West Coast tour Thursday in San Francisco at the home of novelist Robert Mailer Anderson. Dinner costs $35,800. On Friday, it's on to a $17,900 per person brunch in Seattle hosted by Jeff Brotman, chairman of COSTCO.
Like their Republican counterparts, Obama and his surrogates have been hitting states known for producing large campaign donations. According to the Federal Election Committee, the states where candidates score the most contributions are California, New York, Illinois, Texas and other states.
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The Obamas and Biden have been frequent travelers to the Golden State to attend fundraisers hosted by some of Hollywood’s elite and Silicon Valley power players. Last October, the president attended a fundraiser dinner at the home of producer James Lassiter. Guests included actors Will Smith, Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas and basketball legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson who paid $35,800 each for dinner and an opportunity to talk with the president.
The dinner at the Lassiter house was followed by another event at the home of Griffith and Banderas. According to Entertainment Weekly, this was the first Latino fundraiser for Obama.
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Other Obama fundraisers in California include a $35,800 event last September at the Atherton home of Sheryl Sandberg and David Goldberg. Sandberg is the chief executive officer at Facebook. Soap opera producer and writer Bell and his wife Colleen, hosts of Wednesday's Foo Fighters concern, held another Obama fundraiser in January at their Holmby Hills estate.
The first lady attended fundraisers in Los Angeles in late January for the Democratic National Committee, while Vice President Biden has attended three fundraisers in northern and southern California in January as well, according to the Party Time presidential tracker.
New York is another popular destination for politicians to stop by to raise fast cash. Most recently there was the Runway to Win fundraiser for the Obama Victory Fund, featuring fashion’s elite designers, actors and musicians during fashion week in the Big Apple.
Obama also famously sang Al Green’s Let’s Stay Together at his fundraiser at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, N.Y. and attended a private event at movie director’s Spike Lee home.
Biden made three trips to Chicago for various fundraisers, including a dinner event at the home of Chopper Trading CEO Rajiv Fernando. It was reported that the tickets ranged from $10,00 to $35,800 to host.
The president was in his hometown earlier this year for fundraisers at the home of Newsweb Corp. Chairman Fred Eychaner as well as the home of Stuart Taylor, the CEO of the Taylor Group, LLC.
Biden also travelled to the Lone Star state for a couple of fundraisers in Fort Worth. Ticket for the first, at a downtown Hilton Hotel, cost $5,000. The second was at the Billy Hall Bend Ranch where supporters paid $35,800.
Lindsay Young and Breanna Edwards contributed reporting.