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Obama dines with Jeffrey Katzenberg during swing through L.A.

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President Obama dined with longtime friend and financial supporter Jeffrey Katzenberg, the CEO of DreamWorks Animation, Tuesday night during a swing through Los Angeles for the taping of the “Tonight Show” with Jay Leno.

At first the White House kept the private dinner off the public schedule, only telling reporters traveling with the president Wednesday about it. The two dined alone at the hotel where Obama was staying overnight, the Hilton Woodland Hills, according to White House spokesman Jay Carney.

Offering just a few more details, Carney also said the two dined in Obama’s hotel room and Obama paid for it.

Picking up Katzenberg’s dinner was just a small token of thanks the president could offer one of his biggest financial supporters. Katzenberg and director Steven Spielberg, who co-founded DreamWorks Studios, both cut $1 million checks last year to Priorities USA, a super PAC with close ties to Obama.

Despite the support from Katzenberg and Spielberg, Priorities USA struggled to compete in the presidential money chase against deep-pocketed Republican super PACs, such as Karl Rove’s American Crossroads.

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