The Biden campaign says Obama raised more than $28 million ahead of a Hollywood fundraiser that featured dozens of celebrity supporters.

In less than 24 hours, President Joe Biden will visit George Clooney from the G7 summit.

After the meeting with world leaders, Mr. Biden left Italy on Friday night and arrived in Los Angeles early Saturday morning. A star studded evening fundraiser Former President Barack Obama, talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, along with Clooney and actress Julia Roberts.

The Biden-Harris campaign says they have already raised $28 million for Saturday night’s event, a record amount for a Democratic fundraiser. It also covers the $26 million the Biden campaign raised from a March fundraiser in New York City with Biden, Obama and former President Bill Clinton.

President Joe Biden waves as he arrives on Air Force One, Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Los Angeles. Biden will attend a campaign event Saturday night.

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Saturday’s star-studded affair will feature Kimmel’s moderated interview with Biden and Obama, which is expected to focus on health care. After undergoing open-heart surgery on his son in 2017, Kimmel was a public advocate for the Affordable Care Act passed by Obama and Biden.

Clooney and Roberts will serve as hosts of Saturday’s event. Actors Jason Bateman, Jack Black, Kathryn Hahn and Sheryl Lee Ralph are expected to make appearances, along with an undisclosed musical guest.

Other celebrities expected to attend include Keegan-Michael Key, Connie Britton, Misha Collins, Jerry Ryan, Jonathan Del Argo, Mandana Dayani, Blake Cooper Griffin and Adam Mead, according to the Biden campaign.

Prices for tickets to Saturday’s event ranged from $250 to $500,000, although grassroots donors can watch the fundraiser for $20.

Hollywood actors have been on the campaign trail in recent weeks in support of Biden. Robert De Niro participates in a campaign press conference in May outside a lower Manhattan courthouse where former President Donald Trump’s “hush money” trial is underway. Ralph of “Abbott Elementary” campaigned in Pennsylvania with Vice President Kamala Harris, and Jane Fonda appeared at a campaign event in Reno, Nev., with First Lady Jill Biden on Friday.

The money comes at a time when the race between Biden and Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, is tight. A CBS News poll Mr. in the battleground states since June. Biden was up by 1 point, a virtual tie. The Biden campaign says the money raised Saturday will go toward their grassroots operations (field offices, staffing) and paid media.

“We’re going to see an unprecedented and record-breaking turnout in the media and entertainment world this Saturday. The enthusiasm and commitment of the Biden/Harris could not be stronger. We all understand that this is the most important election of our lifetime.” said Biden-Harris campaign co-chairman and filmmaker Jeffrey Katzenberg.

Mr. Although Mr. Biden has had a substantial monetary advantage throughout most of the cycle, Mr. Trump held his own fundraiser. says his campaign raised $52.8 million Within 24 hours he was convicted of 34 crimes in his “hush money” trial.

The Trump campaign says they raised one A record $50.5 million At an April fundraiser in Florida.

In fundraising Mr. Clooney’s involvement brought some intrigue The Washington Post In June, it was reported that Biden had invited a White House counsel to air grievances as he criticized the International Criminal Court (ICC), where Clooney’s wife Amal works. Biden has criticized the ICC Application for warrants of arrest Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Galant.

Days later, the Biden campaign sent a fundraising speech from Clooney.

“I’m not exaggerating when I say this election is the fight of our lives,” Clooney’s speech exploded. “It’s a choice between those who want to drag America into the past and those who want to move America into the future.”

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