Obama, Katzenberg Dine: Who Paid?

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President Barack Obama is introduced by American film producer and CEO of DreamWorks Animation Jeffrey Katzenberg at a Democratic National Committee fundraising event at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, in this 2009 file photo.

A stop on the set of “The Tonight Show.”

A lengthy interview with Jay Leno about Vladimir Putin’s slide into a “Cold War mentality,” Hillary Clinton’s “post administration glow” and President Barack Obama’s “romantic comedy” with John McCain, and then what?

Dinner with Jeffrey Katzenberg, co-founder and CEO of Dreamworks Animation, SKG, at the the president’s hotel, the Hilton Woodland Hills in Los Angeles.

Obama dined alone last night with “his longtime friend,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters traveling with the president today.

A good friend:

Katzenberg contributed $3.15 million to super-PACs supporting the president and his party in 2012 — nothing like No. 1 donor Sheldon Adelson’s $92.7 million for groups backing Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and other Republicans, but still No. 17 on a roster of the top-100 super-PAC backers, just ahead of Larry Ellison at Oracle Corp.

He also was among the top “bundlers” for the Obama campaign, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, raising more than $500,000 from various donors backing the president’s reelection.

Carney had no answer for the question:

Who paid for dinner?

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