Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and his designer wife, Georgina Chapman, will be hosting an exclusive, $32,400-per-couple fundraising reception for President Barack Obama in their upscale Manhattan home on May 13.
The invitation says guests will experience an “intimate discussion with the president” where they can ask questions, and afterward Obama will “say thank you to each guest and take a photo with them,” the New York Post reports.
“You may be asking why [Obama] needs to hit the trail and start fund-raising so soon after his successful re-election, and the reason is twofold,” the invite explains. “Even Republicans concede that part of our victory stemmed from the fact that with no primary opponent … our re-elect team used the extra time to build a large campaign operation melding a grass-roots army of 2.2 million volunteers with groundbreaking technology … We can’t let them use the next two years to catch up.”
“The DNC is the only organization whose sole mission is to support the president and help him pass his agenda, whether that’s gun control or immigration reform,” it continues. “The White House alone doesn’t have the manpower or the resources to withstand the attacks and control the message.”
Some political insiders are annoyed with the president’s perpetual campaign when they expect to see results, with the New York Post quoting one source as saying, “We’ve got a mayoral race he’ll be getting in the way of. We should be focusing on that and individual congressional candidates. It’s like ‘Lord of the Flies’ … [Obama] is cannibalizing donors.”