Hello George: Fancy spending $30,000 to dine with the Clooneys?

US actor George Clooney, right, and his wife Amal Clooney arrive at the 2016 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016. (AP)

If you have $30,000 to spend on one dinner, you could be invited to the house of famous Hollywood star George Clooney and his wife Amal, the Lebanese-British lawyer, in Los Angeles.

The couple are set to host a gala dinner in their house for celebrities and influential businessmen and US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to raise funds for her campaign.

Such fundraising events are familiar to Hollywood stars and to White House candidates, and are considered as part of what is called an unholy alliance between celebrities, rich people and politicians. The gala dinner will guarantee guests a picture with both Clinton and the Clooneys.

The Clooneys will supervise the preparation for this dinner along with the US billionaire Haim Saban, a staunch supporter of Israel. Saban, a businessman of Jewish Egyptian origin, is financing the “Saban Center” that is part of the Brookings Institute thinktank in Washington DC.

According to news reports, Haim Saban and his wife collected $5 million for the benefit of Clinton’s campaign between 2015 and 2016.

Saban considers Israel and its security one of the most vital issues that triggers his attention; he recently received in this regard a letter from Hillary Clinton promising that she will be fighting any campaign which calls for boycotts of Israel’s economy. In an interview after the Paris attacks in November, Saban called for checking the backgrounds of Muslims in Europe, and for taking firmer security actions.

In addition to Saban and his wife Cheryl, the diner will be also sponsored by the filmmaker Steve Spielberg and his wife Kate, and Jeffrey Katzenburg, the chief of DreamWorks Animation.

Clinton has been the object of criticism from the rival campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has accused her of allowing businessmen and wealthy people to corrupt politics with money. She was also blamed for succumbing to the pressure of lobbying groups.

Sanders’ campaign relies on donations from ordinary citizens - raising an average of $27 per person, although his grassroots fundraising has raked in millions.

In addition to acting, George Clooney is also a human rights activist. His name has been associated with a campaign to save the war-stricken Sudanese region of Darfur, and support of Southern separatists in the country.

Meanwhile, Clooney’s wife Amal works on defending human rights around the globe, from the cases of Al Jazeera journalists arrested in Egypt, to defending Yulia Tymoshenko, a former Ukrainian prime minister. Amal Clooney rejected an invitation from the UN to investigate whether Israel committed war crimes against civilians in the Gaza Strip during 2014.

George Clooney raised $15 million in summer 2011 at a fundraiser organized to help raise money for President Barack Obama’s re-election.

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