Villaraigosa expected to attend Obama fundraiser in Studio City (updated)

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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will attend a fundraiser tonight for President Barack Obama. The mayor will likely be the only Los Angeles elected official in attendance.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will be one of the guests at a star-studded political fundraiser tonight for President Barack Obama.

The mayor’s presence at the fundraiser, hosted at the home of actor George Clooney, is hardly a surprise given his role as chair of this year’s Democratic National Convention.

Villaraigosa will likely be the city’s only representation at the fundraiser, with the controller and council members sitting this one out.

Noticeably absent from tonight’s event will be Los Angeles City Councilman Eric Garcetti, a long-time Obama supporter. The councilman is out of town, according to his office.

Four years ago, Garcetti served as the California co-chair of the Obama campaign. He is also a frequent visitor to the White House. Last summer, he attended the president’s 50th birthday party as well as a state dinner for German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Garcetti continues to advise the White House and campaign on a variety of issues, including what cities can do to rebuild the national economy, according to his office.

Tonight's event is being called the most lucrative political fundraiser ever for a presidential candidate. The Los Angeles Times reports that an estimated $15 million will be collected.

This post has been updated.

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