MR. OBAMA GOES TO HOLLYWOOD: President Barack Obama hopes to raise $1 billion for his 2012 re-election campaign, and he is traveling to a staunchly blue neighborhood to get started: Hollywood.
“What has not materialized … is a sense that showbizzers will be looking elsewhere,” writes Ted Johnson in Variety, despite public comments from prominent movie stars that criticize Obama for not being progressive enough. Matt Damon and Barbra Streisand, for example, are known to be vocal critics of the president.
Obama will attend a fund-raising rally on Thursday with a capacity for 3,000 people and tickets selling from $100 to $2,500. Later, he will attend a more intimate dinner with 60 donors attending. Those tickets cost a whopping $35,800 each.
“The president is expected to go from table to table to spend face time with donors,” writes Johnson. A second dinner with different donors will follow.
Despite disillusion, Obama may simply raise significant funds by default according to Variety: “The lack of a Democratic or third-party alternative, and a Republican field that could very well veer even further to the right, will only bolster Obama’s prospects, say his longtime supporters.”
A Democrat-friendly Hollywood is hardly a box office surprise.
In March, a Center for Responsive Politics analysis revealed that Oscar nominees were almost exclusively supportive of Democrats and other left-leaning politicians and causes. In fact, the 2011 Oscar nominees’ campaign cash benefited Democrats or left-leaning groups 99 percent of the time.
The 2010 Oscars were a slightly paler shade of blue, but Democrats still dominated. About 87 percent benefited Democrats or other identifiably left-leaning causes, while only 2 percent went to Republicans.