Hollywood Heavy Hitters Head for $35,800 Obama Fundraiser

Monday, 06 Aug 2012 09:33 AM

By Patrick Hobin

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Wealthy and connected Democratic Party donors Monday will rub elbows Monday with “Dark Knight Rises” star Anne Hathaway at an A-list fundraising event for President Barack Obama in Connecticut.

The $35,800-per-plate dinner, with about 50 expected to attend, is one of a pair of fundraisers Obama will attend in the state. The other is a $500-per-person reception at the Stamford Marriott, according to the Hartford Courant.

Musician Ben Harper is scheduled to perform at the reception at mogul Harvey Weinstein’s $15.5 million estate in Westport.

For one night’s work in the Nutmeg State, Obama’s campaign is expected raise millions of dollars.

Hathaway and Aaron Sorkin, creator of shows such as "The Newsroom," and "The West Wing," are co-hosting the Westport event. Paul Newman's widow, Joanne Woodward, and Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy are on the guest list, the Courant reported.

"The president is facing a tsunami of super PAC and other undisclosed money,'' Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat, told the Courant. "This deluge of money he faces really requires him to do the kind of grass-roots fundraising through parties and events that are happening in Connecticut. The special interest money he faces is unprecedented."

Obama has a 12-point lead in Connecticut, a solid blue state.

Still, it is the only state in New England that Obama's Republican challenger Mitt Romney has raked in more money than the president. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Romney has raised more than $4.78 million there, compared to Obama's $2.22 million.

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