Updated Friday: Read a detailed account of the night on the Election 2012 blog: Obama hangs with Clooney in L.A, 5/11/12
How’s this for lucky? Beth Topinka, a science teacher from New Jersey, and Karen Blutcher, were announced Thursday as the winners of President Obama’s small-donor sweepstakes for tickets to George Clooney’s epic fundraising dinner. The contest enlisted thousands of donors who made contributions of at least $3 in exchange for a chance to hang with 150 Hollywood types (including Robert Downey Jr., Tobey Maguire and Barbra Streisand, reports the L.A Times) who paid $40,000 each to attend Thursday night. Fifty finalists were chosen by drawing before they were winnowed via background checks. Both women brought their husbands as guests.
Read earlier: Clooney’s $12 million fundraiser for Obama expected to break campaign record, 5/10/12