Both events will be to raise money for the House Senate Victory Fund, a joint committee to raise money for Democratic House and Senate candidates.
At a reception at the home of Johnson and his wife Cookie -- with tickets priced between $2,500 to $15,000 per person -- organizers expect about 160 people, including Samuel and LaToya Jackson, the Los Angeles Clippers' Antawn Jamison and Ashley Lewis, Diane Keaton, the Clippers' J.J. Redick and wife Chelsea, as a number of members of California's congressional delegation. Joining Obama will be Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.).
About 120 are expected at the dinner at Saban's home, with tickets at $16,200 per person, according to an aide with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. They include Clarence Avant and his wife Jacqueline, former ambassador Nicole Avant and her husband, Netflix's Ted Sarandos; Eli and Edythe Broad; Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti; Berry Gordy; Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson; Michael and Jena King, Paul Reiser and Barry and Wendy Meyer.
This is Obama's first visit to Saban's home. After Saban supported Hillary Clinton in the 2008 race, he was lukewarm to Obama in the general election. Obama eventually invited Saban to the Oval Office, and Saban was a more enthusiastic supporter of his reelection in 2012. Saban is a strong backer of Israel, and recently chaired the Friends of the IDF Western Region Gala, which raised a reported $20 million. So it's likely that the Iran nuclear deal reached over the weekend will be a major topic.
On Tuesday morning, Obama is scheduled to attend a $32,500-per-person event at the home of producer Marta Kauffman and her husband Michael Skloff, with Melanie Griffith a co-host. About 30 people are expected at the event, billed as an intimate, 60-minute roundtable with the president. The money raised will go to the Democratic National Committee.
Obama next will go to DreamWorks Animation in Glendale for a meeting with about a dozen studio and network chiefs, followed by a speech on the economy delivered to DreamWorks employees.
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