Democrats Abroad Switzerland, the U.S. party’s Swiss branch, said in a statement the event was expected to be the “single most important fundraising event” outside the United States for Obama’s campaign. Organizers tell the AP at least $625,000 was raised from American donors to the Obama campaign at the event tonight in Geneva where George Clooney is the draw. Guests are paying $15,000 per person to dine with Clooney, $5,000 for a photo with him, and $1,000 to attend a reception before the dinner. About 30 people are attending the dinner, with about 100 at the reception. The event is co-hosted by Geneva-based American lawyer Charles C. Adams Jr and Matthew Barzun, Obama’s campaign finance chairman. A more private dinner at Adams’ home cost $20,000 for an individual ticket and $30,000 per couple. Clooney arrived by car today to Geneva’s Old Town from his residence on Lake Como, Italy. The Geneva event is latest in a string of Hollywood-studded fundraisers for Obama.
Clooney raised a record-breaking $15 million in May at a dinner at his LA home for President Obama’s reelection. Ryan Murphy and Sarah Jessica Parker hosted June fundraisers at their homes in Los Angeles and New York, respectively. And film/TVmogul Harvey Weinstein and actress Anne Hathaway co-hosted a fundraiser at Weinstein’s Connecticut estate earlier this month that brought in more than $2 million.
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