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Obama and Clooney LA fundraising event to incite ‘Starmageddon’ traffic jam

by Patt Morrison

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George Clooney and Barack Obama discussing Darfur at The National Press Club Newsmaker's Program on April 27, 2006 in Washington, DC. Win McNamee/Getty Images

Two weeks ago, President Barack Obama ‘slow jammed’ the news with Jimmy Fallon, but tonight Obama will incite a jam of a different nature… a traffic jam.

Angelenos are intimately familiar with traffic congestion, especially after last year’s "Carmageddon," but now some are calling actor George Clooney’s Obama fundraiser dinner at his Studio City home “Starmageddon.” About 150 guests are expected to join Clooney and Obama for the fundraising event. Proceeds from ticket sales -- going for about $40,000 each -- will benefit the Obama Victory Fund, a joint committee that includes several state Democratic parties, the Democratic National Committee, and Obama for America. VIP guests reportedly include Robert Downey Jr., Tobey Maguire, and Barbra Streisand, among others, and the dinner is predicted to raise around $15 million.


What will celebrity A-listers want in return for shelling out big bucks for the President’s re-election campaign? Do you think the President should be hobnobbing with actors to solicit campaign donations? Will this event raise Obama’s cool factor or create a backlash?


Jeff Baugh, airborne reporter for KNX 1070 news radio

Dave Rizzo, known as Dr. Roadmap; author of "Survive the Drive!" – in which he offers advice for daily commuters, business travelers, visitors and tourists as they brave Southern California's freeways, deal with road rage and help to plan commutes to save travel time.

Ted Johnson, politics and legal editor, Variety; blogger, “Wilshire and Washington"

Steven Ross, professor of history at the USC Dornsife College of Letters Arts and Sciences, and author of "Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics"

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