Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy is yet another Hollywood figure to host a fundraiser for U.S. President Barack Obama in the wake of the public support he expressed for same-sex marriage on Wednesday.
Murphy and his fiance, David Miller, are raising money for the president's re-election campaign with a dinner on June 6, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Seats reportedly cost $40,000 per couple or $25,000 apiece. Guests who agree to raise $250,000 for Obama can become co-hosts.
It is the first time Murphy, 45, is hosting a political event. Murphy is co-creator not only of the Fox hit Glee -- a program that has made a name for itself championing acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people -- but also of the FX show American Horror Story. Murphy got engaged to his partner of 15 years last June.
The event is scheduled the same day as another LGBT gala and concert in Los Angeles, which includes a performance by Pink, aka Alecia Beth Moore. It is expected to raise as much as $10 million. Ticket prices range from $1,250 to $25,000 each.
Despite the political risk inherent in Obama's stand on such a controversial issue, the president's comments in an ABC interview this week that same-sex couples should be able to get married is proving to be quite beneficial financially to his campaign -- especially among affluent Hollywood Democrats.
An affair that Obama held with George Clooney at the actor's Los Angeles home on Thursday brought in $15 million, a record for an Obama fundraiser. The event wasn't held in conjunction with an LGBT group, but same-sex marriage was a big topic during the evening.
Obviously yesterday we made some news, Obama told a group of celebrity guests including Tobey Maguire, Robert Downey Jr., and Salma Hayek, according to The Hill. It was a logical extension of what America is supposed to be. It grew directly out of this difference in visions: Are we a country that includes everybody and gives everybody a shot and treats everybody fairly, and is that going to make us stronger?
On Monday, Obama will attend a fundraiser hosted by openly gay singer and LGBT activist Ricky Martin in New York. The affair is being co-sponsored by the Obama for America LGBT Leadership Council and the Futuro Fund, a Latino politically oriented nonprofit organization. It costs between $5,000 and $35,800 to get a seat at the intimate reception at the beautiful Rubin Museum of Art, NBC's Today show reported.
Tickets for the LGBT event on June 6 have been selling so fast the organizers told the Hollywood Reporter that they are looking for a bigger venue to accommodate demand and that they may add a second act besides Pink.