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The Republicans will draw their fair share of stars to the Twin Cities as well, though the list -- if the appearances and fundraising spreadsheets of primary season are any indication -- doesn't offer the same star wattage.

President Bush recommended sending one celebrity out of the GOP orbit when he welcomed the Super Bowl-winning New York Giants to the White House.

"We're going to send Jessica Simpson to the Democrat National Convention," Bush joked. Simpson was widely blamed for boyfriend Tony Romo's losing playoff performance against the Giants.

The Tinseltown Tree

The true might of star power reveals itself in the celebrity-led media circus and in the almighty fundraising dollar, two political muscles that flexed to capacity during hotly contested battles for both party nominations.

Stars lined up for Obama last month in Los Angeles at a fundraiser estimated to have raised more than $5 million for the Democratic presidential candidate and Democratic National Committee.

Singer Seal serenaded the 900 guests who attended, which included 200 seats for a VIP dinner that cost $28,500 per couple. The remaining 700 paid up to $2,850 to attend.

With the Tinseltown money tree came stars like, Samuel Jackson, Dennis Quaid, Don Cheadle, Zooey Deschanel and J.J. Abrams.

Former Democratic rival Hillary Clinton's Hollywood supporters are said to be slowly lining up behind Obama as well. Rob Reiner had visited Obama's Chicago headquarters since the primary battle ended and director Steven Spielberg is said to be hosting a fundraiser for Obama come fall.

Stars Become Fans

The liberal lean of Hollywood's glittering class is no political secret, but come convention time, celebrities could find themselves playing the role of fans as politicians take center stage.

When it comes to Obama and the Hollywood elite, says Robert Thompson, director of Syracuse's Center for Pop Culture, "so many celebrities want to get the magic dust from Obama to fall upon them."

Like many, Thompson doesn't put a lot of faith in the celebrity endorsement, describing the cocktail of politics and entertainment as something that doesn't go far in the political realm and could hurt the endorser more than the endorsee.

Still, he says, there is "an energy attached to Barack Obama...and I think there are a lot of people who would like to plug in."

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