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Obama dines with Hollywood mogul Katzenberg

Mega-donor faces probe over China deal

- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 7, 2013

President Obama had a quiet and unannounced dinner Tuesday night with DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, a mega-donor whose studio has been under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The president and Mr. Katzenberg dined alone at the Hilton Woodlands Inn in Los Angeles, where the president was staying after an appearance on "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno. White House press secretary Jay Carney revealed the dinner after the fact on Wednesday, although reporters traveling with the president said White House aides didn't answer questions Tuesday night about the president's dinner plans.

Mr. Carney didn't say who paid for dinner. Mr. Katzenberg is one of Mr. Obama's biggest supporters, having raised more than $6 million for his reelection last year. He also donated $3 million to the superPAC that supported the president's campaign.

DreamWorks has been under investigation by the SEC for allegedly bribing Chinese officials regarding the development of a $2 billion production studio in China. The New York Times reported that Vice President Joseph R. Biden negotiated to help secure the deal.

Mr. Katzenberg recently confirmed in China that DreamWorks is partnering with Wanda Group, the largest owner of movie theaters in China.

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