What does $40,000 get you? An exclusive ticket to the hottest fundraiser of the year. George Clooney hosted an Obama $40,000 per plate fundraiser for 150 guests at his Los Angeles home last night, earning the president nearly $15 million for his campaign.
The star-studded event included several A-listers from Hollywood — among them Robert Downey Jr., Tobey Maguire, and Barbra Streisand, the LA Times reports. It also included one celebrity chef: Wolfgang Puck, the winner of the James Beard Lifetime Achievement award, catered the event.
The scene at the party: Guests sat at round tables under white paper lanterns under a tent, while feasting on Puck's fare. While no official menu has been released, the LA Times and TMZ reported Puck and his crew were seen carrying in watermelons, apples, cherries, racks of meat, and an assortment of bread. Some dishes on the menu were said to be roasted duckling "Peking style," as well as lamb and beef cheek. As for the drinks? Lots of Evian, and two brews on tap: Sierra Nevada, and Bud Light.
The party cements Obama's star status — and his Hollywood support. The event brought in $6 million from ticket sales, but raffle sales for the general public also boosted the president's dollars. Tens of thousands of Americans entered the $3 raffle for a chance to attend, and spent an average of $23 each. A science teacher and a public relations employee ultimately won the raffle, gaining hot seats to the event.