Obama fundraiser at George Clooney's house expected to raise $15 million

obama-news-george-clooney-president-barack-obama.jpgWolfgang Puck's crew has already unloaded the trays of fancy, $40,000-a-plate food that 150 Democrats will dine on at George Clooney's Studio City home Thursday (May 10) night for President Obama's fundraiser. But the money raised from wealthy, high-profile ticket-buyers like Robert Downey Jr., Barbra Streisand and J.J. Abrams apparently only accounts for about one-third of Obama's total for the night.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the rest of the expected $15 million tally is coming from online contest participants who contributed donations averaging $23 each for a chance to win a ticket for themselves and a guest to the event.

The pool of entrants was narrowed to 50 by a random drawing, with the campaign then doing a background check on those participants. The two winners' identities will be revealed Thursday.

"It's a stunning turnout of support, and what's really interesting to me is that almost two-thirds of the money is coming from grass-roots support, from the 99 percent," says DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, who organized the fundraiser with political advisor Andy Spahn.

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