Magic Johnson to host President Obama at LA fundraiser

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He's been a superstar Laker, a businessman, broadcaster, and the face of the Dodgers new ownership group. Now Magic Johnson is getting more involved in Democratic politics.

He and his wife, Cookie, will host President Barack Obama on Monday, November 25, at a fundraiser for congressional Democrats.   

"We are proud to stand behind President Obama who has been a leader on so many issues we all care about," Johnson and his wife wrote in an invitation. "We hope you will consider joining us for what is shaping up to be a magical evening."

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi are also scheduled to attend the fundraiser, scheduled just a few days before Thanksgiving.

Tickets start at $2,500 and go up to $15,000, which includes a photo.

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Johnson donated $5,000 to Obama during the last election. He has contributed $65,800 to Democrats, according to New York public radio station, WNYC. 

After the reception at the Johnson's, the president will head to Haim Saban's Beverly Hills estate for a fundraising dinner. Saban is one of the top Democratic donors in the country, but he has never hosted Obama at a fundraiser.

The billionaire was a strong supporter of Hillary Clinton during the 2008 primaries and when she lost, he considered supporting John McCain instead of candidate Barack Obama.

Saban initially viewed Obama as soft on Israel according to political analyst Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, senior fellow at USC’s Price School of Public Policy.

"I think because Hillary Clinton was for awhile out of the political picture, it was easier for Saban and Obama to trust one another,"  Bebitch Jeffe told KPCC.

President Obama was scheduled to made an earlier fundraising swing through L.A. back in September, but cancelled his trip because of the government shutdown.

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