Clooney raises $15 million for Barack Obama

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) -On Thursday night Democratic President Barack Obama has raised nearly $ 15 million at a reception hosted by actor George Clooney at his villa in Los Angeles.

Some 150 people including Barbra Streisand, Salma Hayek, Tobey Maguire and Jack Black had paid the ticket to $ 40,000 to participate in this fundraiser particularly worldly.

In the president’s entourage, it did not disclose any figures, but Jeffrey Katzenberg, DreamWorks Animation studio president, said the reception had helped raise nearly $ 15 million.

The day after his clear support for gay marriage rights, a first for an American president, Barack Obama has raised anew the debate on the evolution of society, presenting it as a “logical extension of what America is supposed be “.

Gay marriage is reflected especially in California, where many actors who support legalization but was prohibited by referendum in November 2008.

Earlier in the day, at another fundraiser in Seattle, Washington State, Obama had already attracted applause by saying that all Americans should be able to succeed “who we are , where we come from, whatever our appearance, our family name or the person we love. ”

“Here in Washington State, you have the chance to make your voice heard on this issue which is to ensure that everyone, regardless of sexual orientation is treated fairly,” he added.

Members of the State of Washington passed a law allowing gay marriage but opponents of the project call for a referendum. They almost gathered enough signatures to succeed.

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