8:35pm PT by Chris Gardner
Inside Jeffrey Katzenberg's Final Fundraiser for President Obama
President Barack Obama was the star of an intimate fundraiser in Los Angeles on Monday night.
No more than 25 people gathered at the Beverly Hills home of former DreamWorks Animation boss Jeffrey Katzenberg and his wife, Marilyn, to participate in an hourlong discussion with the president, according to a source. The source adds that Obama opened with a 10-minute address before conceding the floor to his guests.
Gaining entrance to Monday night's fundraiser wasn't easy on the wallet. Top tickets, according to multiple reports, went for $100,000 and benefit the Hillary Victory Fund, the joint fundraising committee for Hillary for America, the Democratic National Committee and 33 state Democratic committees.
Katzenberg and Marilyn hosted the event — billed as "a small roundtable discussion," per an event source — along with couples Crystal and Chris Sacca and Jennifer Perry and Andy Spahn.
Other guests in attendance included J.J. Abrams and wife Katie McGrath and Skip Brittenham of Ziffren Brittenham.
The Obama event was just one of a string of stops the president is making while in Los Angeles, said to be his final trip to the area before his successor is chosen Nov. 8. Other scheduled visits included an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel's late-night talk show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, as well as a fundraising event at the home of TV powerhouse Ryan Murphy.
The Monday evening event comes just days after longtime Democratic fundraiser Katzenberg appeared at the GLSEN Respect Awards in Beverly Hills on Oct. 21. He took the stage two times during the course of the event, which was attended by A-listers including Julia Roberts and Kate Hudson, and on one of those outings he took aim at Clinton's Republican rival Donald Trump.
"It's one thing to have to deal with bullying by a child on a play yard; it's something else when the bullying is coming from a candidate for president," he said. "You know, to be sure, campaigns are supposed to be tough competitions. To some degree, that's OK as long as everyone shows mutual respect, follows the rules and accepts the final outcome."
The latter remark was a clear nod to Trump's controversial comments in the most recent debate with Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, when he said, "I will look at it at the time," after being asked if he would concede the election Nov. 8 if he loses.
"When this basic civil behavior is flaunted by a supposed grown-up who aspires to be the leader of our nation, it's understandable if our children get confused, which is why we need GLSEN more than ever," continued Katzenberg, before adding his most charged rhetoric about Trump. "GLSEN is on the front lines combating the toxic, abusive, despicable message that one man with a mic has been spewing throughout this incredibly painful year. GLSEN offers a voice of reason that connects directly with kids to let them know that they can be better than what they are seeing today on the news. I can't imagine a more important cause to support."