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Hollywood Coughs Up Cash for Obama Inaugural

Updated, 4:12 p.m. ET: Despite concerns about donor fatigue following the presidential election, contributions to Barack Obama's Presidential Inaugural Committee are rolling in. Especially from Hollywood.

Sharon StoneSharon Stone

Among the big names who have given the maximum allowable donation of $50,000 so far are: Hollywood actors Sharon Stone, Samuel Jackson, Halle Berry, Jamie Foxx, and producer James Lassiter.

Giving top dollar guarantees donors entry to private lunches and dinners and, of course, inaugural balls - and even a candlelit dinner with the Obamas. The Presidential Inaugural Committee promises to provide premium seating to the following events in exchange for a 50K contribution:

• 2 tickets to a private concert on Saturday night
• 2 tickets to a private Sunday brunch
• 2 tickets to Sunday Official Inaugural Kick Off Ceremony (Obamas to attend)
• 2 tickets to a private Monday morning political briefing
• 2 tickets to a private candle light dinner on Monday night (Obamas to attend)
• 4 tickets to the swearing in ceremony on Tuesday
• 4 reserved seating Inaugural Parade tickets
• 4 tickets to a 2009 Official Inaugural Ball (Obamas to attend)


The festivities for donors begin late on the night of Jan. 17, when Obama is scheduled to arrive by train in the nation's capital.

Sharon StoneSamuel L. Jackson

Other entertainment types who have given $50,000 to help fund Obama's inaugural celebration include Berry Gordy, founder of Motown Records, and Lisa Henson, daughter of the late Muppets creator Jim Henson.

Christopher Guest, creator of the mockumentaries "A Mighty Wind," "Best in Show," "Waiting for Guffman" and - the Sleuth's favorite - "For Your Consideration," has given $25,000. So has Jamie Lee Curtis.

Katherine Kendrick, the general counsel of Dreamworks Animation, has given $25,000 as well.

Liberal billionaire financier George Soros - not surprisingly - is a top donor to the inaugural effort. He has forked over $50,000, as have his two sons, daughter and daughter-in-law.

Obama's inaugural donors also include plenty of corporate titans and executives. Among them: Qualcomm founder Irwin Jacobs; Vicki Palmer, an executive vice president at Coca-Cola; Microsoft's Steven VanRoekel; and Chicagoan and longtime Democratic donor Fred Eychaner, who owns Newsweb Corp. (Random: the Sleuth attended a small party about seven years ago at Eychaner's stunning Lakeview home, a modern marvel of concrete and glass, surrounded by gardens and sculptures, built by renowned Japanese architect Tadao Ando. Eychaner was a very nice and interesting guy, and worth hundreds of millions of dollars.)

You, too, can play the "find the celebrity donor" game by searching the inaugural committee's database of contributors. And for all things inaugural, check out the Post's Inauguration Central page.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  December 15, 2008; 1:15 PM ET
 
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Comments

I wish that I wasn't middle-class so that I could also buy Obama...have a fun time everyone and I'll wait 4years and vote for someone who cares...................

Posted by: doggit1 | December 15, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Samuel L. Jackson. Now there is a real likable ex-drug addict. He could be president just like w, and probably just as bad.

Posted by: katman13 | December 15, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Boy, I thought the combination of "Obama" and "Hollywood" in the headline would bring out far more whacko wing-nuts. That's usually red meat to them.

Posted by: nodebris | December 15, 2008 11:35 PM | Report abuse


IS THERE NO END TO OBAMA ASKING FOR MONEY?

REAL CHICAGO THUG... THIS MAN IS UNREAL....

MAYBE HE'LL GIVE BLAGO SOME OF IT TO KEEP HIS MOUTH SHUT......

BELIEVE ME , OBAMA, YOU'RE NO LINCOLN!

Posted by: myworld | December 16, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

This isn't very populist is it? Obama should serve those folks hot dogs and then turn around and give the cash to homeowners risking foreclosure. THAT would be populist!

Posted by: asprey | December 16, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

The Borgen Project has informative statistics on addressing global poverty.

$30 billion ends world hunger
$550 billion is the US Defense budget

This organization has the ability, resources, and policy-makers to suppress the threat of global poverty by enacting legislation here in the US, which is tied to the United Nation's Millennium Development Goals. Please support organizations such as The Borgen Project so that we may rid the world of poverty.

Posted by: atsegga | December 16, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

The Borgen Project has informative statistics on addressing global poverty.

$30 billion ends world hunger
$550 billion is the US Defense budget

This organization has the ability, resources, and policy-makers to suppress the threat of global poverty by enacting legislation here in the US, which is tied to the United Nation's Millennium Development Goals. Please support organizations such as The Borgen Project so that we may rid the world of poverty.

Posted by: atsegga | December 16, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

HAS ANYONE OF OUR CITIZENS EVER LOOKED UP HOW MUCH WE HAVE GIVEN TO ALL NATIONS ?
AND THE UNITED NATIONS WOULD GO BROKE AND BE NON-EXISTANT IF IT WAS'NT FOR AMERICA? AND THEY WANT NEW HEADQUARTERS? WONDER WHAT INTEREST WE ARE BEING CHARGED FROM OTHER NATIONS FOR 'MONEY' LOANS?

THE HOLLYWOOD GROUP ARE GIVING AND GIVING TO OBAMA - SO HE CAN 'LOOK LIKE LINCOLN'
LET'S BE REAL! AND I THINK OBAMA WANTS TO GIVE AFRICA $84 BILLION..... THE PEOPLE THAT NEED IT NEVER GET THIS MONEY --- IT ALL GOES TO CROOKED GOVERNMENTS.....LIKE CHICAGO?

Posted by: myworld | December 17, 2008 9:16 AM | Report abuse

HAS ANYONE OF OUR CITIZENS EVER LOOKED UP HOW MUCH WE HAVE GIVEN TO ALL NATIONS ?
AND THE UNITED NATIONS WOULD GO BROKE AND BE NON-EXISTANT IF IT WAS'NT FOR AMERICA? AND THEY WANT NEW HEADQUARTERS? WONDER WHAT INTEREST WE ARE BEING CHARGED FROM OTHER NATIONS FOR 'MONEY' LOANS?

THE HOLLYWOOD GROUP ARE GIVING AND GIVING TO OBAMA - SO HE CAN 'LOOK LIKE LINCOLN'
LET'S BE REAL! AND I THINK OBAMA WANTS TO GIVE AFRICA $84 BILLION..... THE PEOPLE THAT NEED IT NEVER GET THIS MONEY --- IT ALL GOES TO CROOKED GOVERNMENTS.....LIKE CHICAGO?

Posted by: myworld | December 17, 2008 9:19 AM | Report abuse

I think it is great that Obama isn't using Government money for his Inauguration. These donors are not buying Obama, they are saving your tax dollars. You should all write them a thank you note.

Posted by: nursehope | December 17, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Hey my husband has been out of work for a year, does anyone want to cough up any money to me?

Posted by: NANCYT1 | December 18, 2008 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Hey my husband has been out of work for a year. Does anyone want to cough up any money to me? I'll bet I need it more!

Posted by: NANCYT1 | December 18, 2008 10:35 PM | Report abuse

My husband has been out of work for a year. Does anyone care to donate to me? I can promise you I will put it to good use.

Posted by: NANCYT1 | December 18, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

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