Barbra Streisand Might Perform at Obama Hollywood Fundraiser

 

This story first appeared in the April 13 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

President Obama's re-election campaign is setting its sights on Hollywood for more cash.

Vice President Joe Biden will be back in Southern California for a series of events April 20, including a $2,500-a-head shindig at a house on the beach in Santa Barbara. Obama will swing through town for an event hosted by DreamWorks Animation's Jeffrey Katzenberg on May 10 that is expected to generate $2 million for the battle against presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney (whose own Hollywood fund-raiser generated $1.5 million in March).

Organizers hope to have the Obama dinner at Katzenberg's $35 million Beverly Hills mansion, if it is finished in time, and sources say the Democrats' favorite diva, Barbra Streisand, could perform.

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Four years ago, Streisand sang for Obama at the Beverly Wilshire, and despite the industry's muted enthusiasm for the president this time around, a Streisand-Obama bill probably could sell out the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The entertainment industry donated $1.54 million directly to the Obama campaign in 2011. That compares with $2.8 million four years earlier, but the campaign hopes the industry will step up with the race becoming clearer.

To that end, the president is expected back in June for a concert and fund-raiser hosted by the industry's LGBT community.

"They have obviously figured out the reality of fund-raising here -- there are infinite opportunities," says veteran political consultant Bill Carrick. "They're just going to keep on coming."

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