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US Election Updates - August 28, 2012

Clooney attends Obama fundraiser in Switzerland

George Clooney attended what has been touted as the U.S. Democratic Party's biggest fundraising event abroad aimed at helping President Barack Obama win re-election.

The American actor and activist traveled by car from his residence on Lake Como, Italy and arrived in Geneva's Old Town ahead of a private reception followed by a gala dinner on Monday.

Around $500,000 could be raised for Obama's campaign as he struggles to keep up with the fundraising of his rival, Republican Mitt Romney.

At least 100 American supporters paid $1,000 each to attend the champagne reception while about 35 high-rolling donors paid $15,000 a plate for the gourmet dinner with Clooney.

Democrats Abroad Switzerland, the party's Swiss branch, said in a statement the event was expected to be the "single most important fundraising event" outside the United States for Obama's campaign.

By the end of July, Romney and his party had $186 million left in cash on hand at the end of July, almost $60 million more than Obama and his party.