Published On: Sun, Feb 14th, 2016

Hush-hush: Obama holds secret meeting with Hollywood donors



President Barack Obama has again held a private dinner with three of Hollywood’s elite, and big Democratic Party donors, which his administration won’t tell the press.

Attending with Obama on Thursday were Jeffrey Katzenberg, DreamWorks CEO, Alan Horn, chairman of Walt Disney Studios, and actor Will Smith, Deadline Hollywood reports.

Obama was in Los Angeles for a number of lucrative fundraisers and television appearances. Tickets to at least two different fundraisers were reported to cost up to $33, 400 each.

“I am going to protect the president’s ability to have private conversations, whether that’s with lawmakers, whether that’s with candidates for president or whether that’s with Hollywood artists, ” Eric Schultz, White House deputy press secretary, told the media traveling with Obama on his six-day trip to California.

Katzenberg is seen as a major donor to Obama, donating $3 million to the pro-Obama super-PAC Priorities USA Action during the 2012 election and so far has donated $1 million to the 2016 cycle, which is pro-Clinton.

According to RT Katzenberg has frequently held private meetings with Obama when in LA. In 2013 Obama and Katzenberg held a private meeting at Obama’s hotel. In the summer of 2015 when the two dined with director Steven Spielberg, who also donated $1 million to the same super-PAC in 2012 and again in 2016.



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