Oprah-pa-looza, Part 2

By Natalie Gewargis

Oct 8, 2008 10:37am

Talk show legend Oprah Winfrey will headline a two-day fundraising weekend for Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., this weekend.

Aimed at female donors, the Chicago event Friday and Saturday will bring visits from Obama and his wife Michelle, as well as Sen. Joe and Jill Biden.

Interestingly, Sen. Obama and Oprah are not anticipated to appear together at any point. Obama will make remarks at the event on Saturday evening in Chicago (no cameras allowed). Michelle Obama and Oprah will appear together on Friday night; a cocktail reception with the two grande dames is only for donors who give $28,500 or more.

The Obama campaign, along with the DNC Women’s Leadership Forum, is hosting the “National Women’s Leadership Initiative” –- aimed to “recruit and engage women leaders from across the country to work together and raise money in support of Sen. Barack Obama and the Democratic Party.”

The campaign says the multiple events will “highlight the role and significance of women’s leadership in electing Barack Obama, present important policy and campaign strategy updates and provide field tools for women to take back to their communities.”

There are multiple levels of tickets for the event that the campaign has high hopes for raking in big bucks, from "National Chairs," who raise $100,000 for this event by October 5th or contribute $57,000, to "State Co-Chairs," who raise $50,000 for this event by October 5th or contribute $28,500, and so on.

The event will take place at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers. Other events feature former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin; Laura Tyson, former National Economic Adviser to the president; Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.;
Lilly Ledbetter, Plaintiff, Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.; and former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright.

– Jake Tapper and Sunlen Miller

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