President Obama is tapping into his celebrity appeal by calling on one of music’s preeminent power couples to help raise money for his reelection campaign.
Singer Beyonce and rapper Jay-Z will host a $40,000-a-plate Obama campaign fundraiser on Tuesday in New York, according to reports and an email sent out by the campaign Thursday morning. The husband and wife — whose real names are Shawn Carter and Beyonce Knowles — will host the event along with Mr. Obama at the rapper’s 40/40 Club, which he opened in 2003.
While the fundraiser carries a hefty price tag, the campaign announced in an email Thursday that donors can donate as little as $5 to enter a drawing for a chance to attend.
According to a report in the New York Post, the event will be capped at 100 guests and attendees will have the chance to be photographed with president in exchange for an extra $12,500 contribution.
The Obama campaign announced Monday that it raised $114 million last month, eclipsing the $100 million mark for the first time this election cycle. The total edged out Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s $111 million haul, marking the first time since April that the president has raised more money than Mr. Romney.