Biden's L.A. Fundraiser Nets Over $28 Million, Campaign Says

A star-studded evening merges politics with Hollywood glamour

by Zain ul Abedin
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Biden's L.A. Fundraiser Nets Over $28 Million, Campaign Says
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President Joe Biden's high-profile Los Angeles fundraiser, featuring luminaries such as Barack Obama, George Clooney, and Julia Roberts, has successfully garnered at least $28 million, a campaign official reported. This impressive sum not only highlights the event's star-studded appeal but also sets a new record for a single Democratic fundraiser.

The fundraiser, held at the Peacock Theater in downtown Los Angeles, marked a notable gathering of Hollywood elite and political figures. With Jeffrey Katzenberg, a key figure in the entertainment industry and co-chair of the Biden campaign, indicating the monumental achievement, the event surpassed previous fundraising efforts, including a notable $26 million raised at a March event at Radio City Music Hall, which also featured Obama alongside former President Bill Clinton.

President Biden, arriving from the G7 summit in Italy, touched down at LAX this morning. First Lady Jill Biden is also set to join him in Los Angeles later today, further underscoring the importance of this event in the political and social calendar.

Biden's Inclusive Fundraiser

Tonight's fundraiser is uniquely structured to appeal to both high-dollar donors and grassroots supporters. While choice seats and reception could cost donors hundreds of thousands of dollars, the Biden campaign has also organized a contest aimed at engaging grassroots supporters.

This contest offers supporters the chance to win a trip to Los Angeles to attend the event, a move that democratizes access to what could be a once-in-a-lifetime event. The event promises an engaging evening with President Biden in conversation with former President Obama and popular television host Jimmy Kimmel.

This blend of high-level political discourse and mainstream media appeal is a strategic move to maximize engagement and coverage. Adding to the glitz of the evening, celebrities such as Jason Bateman, Jack Black, Kathryn Hahn, and Sheryl Lee Ralph are also billed to appear, each bringing their own fan base and spotlight to the fundraiser.

This gathering not only emphasizes the strong connections between Hollywood and the Democratic Party but also highlights the strategic use of celebrity power in political fundraising

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