Inside Politics: Clooney headlines Obama fundraisers in Switzerland

George Clooney raised almost $15 million for President Obama’s re-election campaign at the actor’s Los Angeles home in May. For his second act, Mr. Clooney is expect in Geneva this week, a center for international organizations, governance and business.

Organizers expect to pull in a more modest amount of about $500,000 from U.S. donors for Mr. Obama’s campaign, with many flying in to Geneva from around the world.

Americans Abroad for Obama, the event’s sponsor, says on its website that guests are paying $15,000 per person to dine with Mr. Clooney, $5,000 for a photo with him and $1,000 to attend a reception before the dinner. About 30 people are attending the dinner, with at least 100 at the reception.

The event is co-hosted by Geneva-based American lawyer Charles C. Adams Jr. and Matthew Barzun, Mr. Obama’s campaign finance chairman. The dinner is being held at Mr. Adams’ home in a historic part of the city overlooking Lake Geneva, where Mr. Adams held a fundraiser for Obama in 2008.

Mr. Clooney was due to arrive in Geneva from the villa where he typically spends time during the summer on Italy’s Lake Como. Obama campaign officials in Washington have declined to comment on the fundraiser.

The president has called the actor and director a good friend who tries to keep his distance so Mr. Obama won’t be criticized for hanging out with Hollywood celebrities. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight earlier this month, Mr. Obama said he got to know Mr. Clooney through his work on Sudan when Mr. Obama was in the U.S. Senate. Mr. Clooney has led campaigns to end the conflict in Darfur, Sudan, and for more humanitarian aid for millions of people caught up in the fighting.

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