President Barack Obama is looking to raise at least $2.5 million in Connecticut tonight, including a $38,500-a-head dinner at the Westport home of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and his wife, Georgina Chapman.
The dinner for 60, the second of two fundraisers, is co- hosted by American Vogue editor Anna Wintour, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin and actresses Anne Hathaway and Joanne Woodward, according to Obama’s campaign. Wintour, a top bundler for Obama, was co-host for another fundraiser in New York in June.
The president is again tapping the entertainment industry to help fund his re-election campaign as Republican Mitt Romney and party committees aligned with him have outraised Obama and Democrats for three consecutive months.
Donors in the television, music and movie industries have given $3.2 million to Obama’s re-election effort, compared with $483,112 to Romney, according to the Center for Responsive Politics in Washington, which tracks campaign finance.
Obama will head to the star-studded event after delivering remarks at a fundraising reception about 15 miles away at the Stamford Marriott. Tickets to that reception for about 500 people start at $500 a person.
Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy, a Democrat and former Stamford mayor, is scheduled to attend both events. This is Obama’s fifth trip to Connecticut since taking office and his first this year.
Figures released by both campaigns today showed Romney and the Republicans brought in more than $101.3 million in July, and Obama and Democratic committees raised more than $75 million.
While Obama’s campaign committee has raised more money than Romney’s committee, the former Massachusetts governor’s fundraising edge in the last three months comes from the joint committee that can take in much larger donations than the individual campaigns.
Through June 30, the Obama campaign committee alone raised more than $307 million and Romney’s committee raised more than $156 million. July figures are due at the Federal Election Commission by Aug. 20.
Romney is spending the day meeting with senior staff at his lakeside vacation home in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, amid mounting speculation about his vice presidential pick.
Cameras snapped pictures of Romney running errands, stopping to buy groceries and what he described to reporters as “hardware stuff.” He emerged from Hunters Shop ‘n Save carrying cases of Diet Coke, Wild Cherry Diet Pepsi and Poland Spring bottled water. When asked whether the beverages were for meetings with potential vice presidential picks, Romney laughed and said, “I’ve got some folks coming over.”
Romney is scheduled to campaign tomorrow in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, and hold a fundraising event in Chicago.
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