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    Clooney Raises $15M for Obama

    George Clooney presents the Joel Siegel Award to Sean Penn during the 17th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

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    It's believed to be the largest one-night campaign haul ever: $40,000 a plate, 150 people, and President Obama stayed a while and gave a speech. Obama pal George Clooney threw a backyard party at his Los Angeles house Thursday night for the president, raising $15 million for the campaign. "Obviously yesterday we made some news," Obama said to the applause one day after his historic endorsement of gay marriage. "But the truth is it was a logical extension of what America is supposed to be.” Wolfgang Puck cooked, and guests included Robert Downey Jr., Diane Von Furstenberg, and James Brolin.

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