Obama Taps Star Power for Campaign Cash in Final Stretch


0  Updated at 3:01 am, September 12th, 2012 By: ABC Digital
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Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — After a whirlwind month consumed by swing state campaigning and the Democratic National Convention, President Obama is back on the money trail next week for another round of star-studded New York City fundraisers, featuring Beyonce and Jay-Z.

The president will head to the Big Apple on Tuesday, Sept. 18, when he is expected to headline an intimate 100-person event at the rapper’s 40/40 Club near Madison Square Park in Chelsea, his campaign announced Tuesday.

Tickets are $40,000 per person, according to the New York Post, which obtained a copy of the invitation. The paper reports that Obama will also attend a second high-dollar event earlier in the evening.

Both Beyonce and Jay-Z have been public advocates for the president’s re-election, appearing at campaign fundraisers and in campaign web videos and plugging a second Obama term at concerts this summer.

Obama’s last campaign fundraiser was Aug. 22, a basketball-themed evening in New York City dubbed the “Obama Classic” that was co-hosted by NBA legend Michael Jordan.

The president has attended 19 fundraising events on nine visits to New York in 2012, making it his most-visited state of the election campaign.

Meanwhile next week, three other celebrities backing Obama will be busy courting campaign cash abroad.

editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, actress Gwyneth Paltrow and designer Tom Ford will host a fundraiser for Obama in London on Sept. 19, according to an invitation obtained by the Sunlight Foundation.

Tickets for the dinner at Mark’s Club — a members-only dining club in Mayfair — start at $15,000 per plate up to $40,000 to be a member of the host committee.

Wintour is one of Obama’s top campaign financiers, bundling more than $500,000 in contributions for his re-election campaign and co-hosting several elite fundraising events, including a June dinner at the New York City home of actress Sarah Jessica Parker.

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