Clooney reportedly raises $625,000 for Obama Monday night
Update/Correction 28 August 2012 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – George Clooney is in Geneva today, not to smile for gorgeous Swiss watches but to raise funds for US President Barack Obama. Clooney reportedly raised $15 million in funds in May at a similar event at his home in Los Angeles, California, but the Geneva gala evening is not expected to pull in that kind of money, possibly in part because only holders of US passports or Green Cards can contribute to the Obama Victory Fund.
Democrats Abroad Switzerland say this “event is expected to be the single most important fundraising event of Americans Abroad for Obama in this Presidential re-election cycle.”
The evening kicks off with a $1,000 per place champagne reception with a Q and A session, in the Old Town, with actor Clooney and US Ambassador Matthew Barzun, chairman of the Obama Victory Fund.
Anyone who contributes at least $5000 per couple will be introduced to Clooney and be photographed with him. And two lucky guests/donors with winning tickets from a draw during the reception will be invited to the intimate gala dinner for a small number guests at a private address in the city, later in the evening.
The US presidential campaign kicks off unofficially in Geneva Wednesday evening with a US Mission and UN discussion on US politics, at the US Mission.
Correction: apologies to earlier readers for putting billions where we meant millions, and apologies to the Obama fans who may have thought at last, the president can compete for money with the Republican billionaires filling Mitt Romney’s coffers.