President Obama is enlisting the help of Hollywood stars as he travels to Connecticut today to raise some much-needed campaign cash.
The president will mark his 200th fundraiser tonight, reportedly rubbing elbows at an intimate event at the home of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, co-hosted by A-listers Anne Hathaway, star of “The Dark Knight Rises,” and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin. The dinner for 60 supporters at Weinstein’s Westport residence is expected to bring in more than $2 million for the president’s re-election campaign.
Tonight’s fundraiser comes on the same day that Obama and the Democratic National Committee announced they raised $75 million combined in July for the president’s re-election campaign, well below the $101 million Mitt Romney raised last month.
Facing a deluge of fundraising by GOP political action committees, Obama has often turned to liberal Hollywood to boost his campaign coffers. In the past year, he has attended fundraisers hosted at the homes of such high-profile stars as George Clooney, Sarah Jessica Parker and Tyler Perry.
The president will hold two fundraisers in Connecticut today, a firmly Democratic state. In Stamford, he will speak at a reception for 500 supporters, who will pay $500 each to attend the event, before heading to the $35,800 per person star-studded dinner.