Actor Leonardo DiCaprio will reportedly host a fundraiser for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, according to Variety.
Clinton is scheduled to visit Los Angeles in a few weeks, and DiCaprio will be hosting “Conversation with Hillary,” as the event has been named, in the City of Angels on August 23.
Tickets are available for a whopping $33,400 per person, with a percentage of that money going directly to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Nearly $3,000 will go to her campaign, while the remainder will be divided between the Democratic National Committee, state political parties, and local ones.
The invite lists Tobey Maguire and his wife, Jennifer Aniston, Scooter and Yael Braun, Shonda Rhimes, and Chris Silbermann as co-hosts for the event.
Leonardo DiCaprio’s home may become the venue for the event, but sources told Variety that the location hasn’t been confirmed yet.
The actor has shown his support for the Clinton campaign in the past, attending a fundraiser for her hosted by Harvey Weinstein in New York earlier this summer.
Leonardo DiCaprio is a fitting choice to host Hillary Clinton’s event, being well-respected in Hollywood and a vocal advocate for environmental issues, including climate change. That topic has, of course, been an important discussion during the presidential election so far.
The 41-year-old actor also has extensive experience hosting fundraisers, having headed a successful charity gala for the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation in July. In fact, the star-studded event broke his past fundraising record, raising $45 million in support of environmental awareness and research, as People reported.
— The Rich Register (@TheRichRegister) July 24, 2016
The Foundation, created in 1998, plays a part in environmental protection efforts around the world, as the website explains.
“Through grantmaking, public campaigns and media initiatives, LDF brings attention and needed funding to four focus areas—protecting biodiversity, oceans conservation, wildlands conservation, and climate change. Several successful fundraising events have enabled LDF to scale up our grantmaking strategy, successfully driving support for innovative and impactful conservation projects around the globe.
“Currently less than 3% of global philanthropic dollars go to the environmental sector. LDF is on a mission to radically scale up funding for the most effective and cutting-edge conservation projects that protect oceans, land, and wildlife while working directly to address the climate crisis.”
The third annual fundraiser was held in St. Tropez, and the guest list included Mariah Carey, Bradley Cooper, Noami Campbell, Bono, Joan Smalls, and more. The Weeknd, Lana del Rey, and Andrea Bocelli performed.
DiCaprio has also encouraged his nearly 16 million social media followers to go out and vote later this year.
Another reminder of why it’s so important to get out there and vote this year. https://t.co/7YnbbgWqgl
— Leonardo DiCaprio (@LeoDiCaprio) July 28, 2016
For the most part, DiCaprio isn’t overtly political when speaking publicly, but during a press conference in Tokyo to promote his film The Revenant, he took the opportunity to criticize those who were insisting that climate change isn’t a real and present danger, as the Guardian reported. He didn’t name names, but it was easy to guess who he was referring to.
“We should not have a candidate who doesn’t believe in modern science to be leading our country. Climate change is one of the most concerning issues facing all humanity and the United States needs to do its part,” he said.
Throughout the election, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz have repeatedly dismissed the environmental issue entirely. Hillary Clinton has remained their opponent on that topic, as with others.
Although Bernie Sanders did not win the Democratic nomination, Leonardo DiCaprio seemed to support him while he was still in the running. He told Wired last year that Sanders had inspired him by putting climate change at the forefront of discussion.
“Look, not to get political, but listening to Bernie Sanders at that first presidential debate was pretty inspiring—to hear what he said about the environment. Who knows which candidate is going to become our next president, but we need to create a dialogue about it. I mean, when they asked each of the candidates what the most important issue facing our planet is, Bernie Sanders simply said climate change. To me that’s inspiring.”
Leonardo DiCaprio hosting a Hillary Clinton fundraiser sounds like it will be a powerful alignment considering each of their reputations in different but important arenas.
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