Barack Obama’s top Hollywood cash cow, George Clooney, has taken to Europe to scrape together more cash for the U.S. President. This stop, Geneva.
However the event, co-hosted by Geneva-based American lawyer Charles C. Adams Jr. and Matthew Barzun, Obama's campaign finance chairman, is expected to bring in a relatively paltry $500,000, according to an AP report.
Recently, after Mr. Obama evolved on Clooney’s gay-marriage cause, the Hollywood star hosted an Obama campaign event in his mansion, raising $15 million from Hollywood stars and associates.
The Geneva event's sponsor, called Americans Abroad for Obama, claims on its website that guests will pay $15,000 per person to dine with Clooney, Obama’s campaign star, $5,000 for a photo with him and $1,000 to attend a pre-dinner reception gathering of Democrats. Sources say just 30 people are attending the dinner, and only 100 will show at the reception.
The president calls his Hollywood cash-master a “good friend,” although the duo isn’t seen together often for fear of Obama will be criticized for hanging out with Hollywood celebrities. Obama recently told Entertainment Tonight that he got chummy with Clooney through his work on Sudan when Obama was in the U.S. Senate. Clooney has led campaigns to end the conflict in Darfur, Sudan, and for more humanitarian aid.
Mr. Obama has raised $300 million in campaign cash overall and Romney has raised about $155 million, however the president’s campaign is millions of dollars over budget and a current national poll has him trailing Romney by a point.
American citizens and green-card holders overseas are allowed to finance U.S. campaigns but are subject to the $2,500-per-person contribution limit that applies to those living inside the country.