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Obama Adds Second Event to Los Angeles Fund-Raising Trip (Exclusive)

October 14, 2011 Antonio Banderas, Jada Pinkett, Will Smith, Melanie Griffith, Lady Gaga, Magic Johnson

"Hitch" producer James Lassiter, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith and Def Jam's Jay Brown are among those who will host the $35,800-per-person dinner Oct. 24.

The Obama Campaign has added a second event to the president's Oct. 24 fund-raising trip to Los Angeles in an effort to further tap entertainment industry dollars, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The event, a $35,800-per-person dinner at the Hancock Park home of Hitch producer James Lassiter and his wife, Mai, will take place in the late afternoon. Immediately following is Obama's Latino fundraising gala at the nearby home of Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas.

Along with the Lassiter, other hosts of the high-dollar dinner include Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith; Troy Carter (Lady Gaga's manager) and his wife, Rebecca; and Def Jam senior vp Jay Brown and his wife, Kawanna, head of Magic Johnson Enterprises.

Obama will go "table to table, sitting and conversing with each group of guests. He will address the group as a whole, informally and will take several questions from guests." Candid photos will be taken with all dinner guests.

The two events are expected to raise more than $1 million for the Obama re-election campaign.

The addition of the Lassiter event comes in the wake Thursday's announcement that the Obama re-election campaign and the Democratic National Committee raised more than $70 million during the third quarter of this year. At least 15 percent of the donations came from California, officials said. More details on Obama's third-quarter fund-raising efforts are expected in the coming days.

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