It's always a heady combination, the intersection of politics and Hollywood and now the Obama campaign is reportedly cashing in big-time.
The contest called "Obama, Clooney, and You" offered supporters a chance to win two tickets for dinner with the president, George Clooney and a host of other high dollar donors at the movie star's Los Angeles home next week. The contest has now ended.
A Democratic official declined to tell CNN exactly how much money the contest raised but did say tickets for the 150 paying guests are $40,000 each. That’s a cool $6 million dollars.
The on-line contest, similar to other raffles run by the Obama campaign offering "Dinner with Barack" and at times also including First Lady Michelle Obama was designed to encourage "grassroots supporters" to donate as little as $3.
The Wall Street Journal reported this week that actor Clooney is deeming the fundraiser a huge success.
"All I know is it's the biggest fundraiser so far to date-ever," Clooney told the Wall Street Journal. "Right now we've raised about $10 million for the fundraiser, which is about double anything that's ever been done before," said the actor.
Proceeds from the event will go to the Obama Victory Fund, a joint fundraising committee of Obama for America, the Democratic National Committee and several state Democratic parties, according to a Democratic official.
At least one Republican group is using Mr. Obama's appearances in Hollywood against him.
American Crossroads, the independent super PAC co-founded by Karl Rove that backs GOP causes and candidates, launched an on-line ad last week labeling Mr. Obama as a "celebrity president."
The ad uses a montage of appearances by the president on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Mr. Obama dancing with Ellen DeGeneres on her daytime show during the 2008 presidential campaign, and the president at a fundraiser earlier this year singing Al Green's hit song "Let's Stay Together."
The narrator on the ad says "four years ago Americans elected the biggest celebrity in the world. And America got one cool president," and ends by asking "after four years of a celebrity president, is your life any better?"