Dreamworks Animation has had a turbulent ride recently. Last year the company shut down its storied PDI Dreamworks facility and laid off around 500 people.
As recently as last month, studio CEO and founder Jeffrey Katzenberg said that his animation studio has been “in the toilet” and warned that the next year-and-a-half will be “choppy.”
The struggles of his company haven’t affected Katzenberg’s personal finances, however. Yesterday, he gave $353,400 to Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee for the opportunity to have dinner and drinks with the Democratic presidential candidate. He paid the vast sum for the honor of being an “event co-chair” (along with George Clooney) for the Clinton fundraising event. [UPDATE: This amount is in addition to the $1.1 million that Katzenberg had already donated to super PACS working on behalf of Clinton.]