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Stars turn out for Obama's N.Y. fundraising push

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Trying to recapture the enthusiasm younger voters displayed in 2008, the Obama campaign ran three 30-second ads during Sunday night’s “MTV Movie Awards” featuring actress Sarah Jessica Parker touting an upcoming fundraising contest for dinner with President Obama at her Manhattan home.

Using down-to-earth language, the “Sex and the City” actress looks directly in the camera and talks about Mr. Obama in gushing terms.

“OK, the guy who ended the war in Iraq; the guy who says you should be able to marry anyone you want; the guy who created 4 millions new jobs — that guy, President Obama and Michelle are coming to my house for dinner on June 14, and I want you to be there, too,” she says.

The Obama campaign has been promoting the event with Miss Parker and Vogue editor Anna Wintour for weeks, building on the success of a similar small-donor fundraising dinner at actor George Clooney’s Southern California home, which ended up pulling in $12 million. By donating $3 to the campaign, supporters enter to win two seats at the dinner.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign fired back with an ad titled “Meanwhile,” which poked fun at the flashy New York events. The ad features the Obama campaign spot with Miss Wintour, wearing what appears to be a silk scarf featuring the Obama campaign logo, talking up the fabulous fundraising dinner she plans to attend and runs statistics about the country’s dismal economic numbers below.

Monday night, Mr. Obama will be in New York City, where he will be joined by former President Bill Clinton, who recently downplayed White House criticism of Mr. Romney’s business career.

The fundraising tour will begin when Air Force One sets down at Kennedy International Airport at around 4:30 p.m. The president first will attend a party on the Upper East Side, with tickets to the event costing $40,000 each. He then will head to a hotel in Midtown for a fundraising party featuring a performance from Jon Bon Jovi. Mr. Clinton will join the president for the final event, “Barack on Broadway,” where several actors will perform.

Mr. Romney will attend fundraisers in Oregon and Washington, though without a star-studded lineup.

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Susan Crabtree

Susan Crabtree is an award-winning investigative reporter with more than 15 years of reporting experience in Washington, D.C. Her reporting about bribery, corruption and conflict-of-interest issues on Capitol Hill has led to several FBI and ethics investigations, as well as consequences for members within their caucuses and at the ballot box. Susan can be reached at scrabtree@washingtontimes.com.

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