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Could Obama and Barbra break a record in Beverly Hills?

September 15, 2008 |  2:33 pm

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The polls are one thing, but it sounds like Barack Obama might make progress in other ways during two ultra-rich Beverly Hills fund-raisers Tuesday. According to Politico, the events could raise more than $9 million, which, if it happens, would be a one-day record. When you see how much folks are paying, it'll all make sense:

The first event will cost $28,500 per person for dinner at the Greystone Estate. Upwards of 250 high rollers — including some of the biggest executives in film, television and music — will munch gourmet chow and get to hang out with the candidate, enjoying a little face time and posing for personal pictures. A few spaces are left but the event is expected to sell out by Monday afternoon, possibly bringing in more than $8 million before expenses are subtracted. For a second, sold-out event Tuesday evening, the Obama caravan will travel just 2½ miles to the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, where a reception and concert will spotlight [Barbra] Streisand and several other performers.

Hollywood heavyweights such as Steven Spielberg and David Geffen probably aren't going for the music. The Times' Dan Morain and Noam Levey report that Obama is already raking in the cash at a record clip.

-- Shelby Grad

Photos: Los Angeles Times