Gwyneth Paltrow, Barack Obama, and the fundraiser at her place
Adam Sherwin is Media Correspondent at The Independent and an award-winning writer who specialises in covering the entertainment, broadcasting, music and popular culture industries. Previously Media writer and diarist at The Times, he was a co-founder of the Beehive City media and entertainment website. As regular contributor to BBC London 94.9 Radio station, he was named Music Business writer of the year at the awards of influential music industry site Record of the Day in 2006.
Wednesday 05 October 2011
Wavering on whether to donate to President Obama's 2012 re-election campaign? Perhaps a private dinner at Gwyneth Paltrow's London home will help loosen those wallets.
The Hollywood star launched a new career as a political fundraiser last night when she invited Democrat-supporting American high-rollers to an exclusive dinner at the north London home she shares with Chris Martin, the lead singer of Coldplay.
A seat at the table for the intimate gathering, which began with a rallying speech by Jim Messina, President Obama's chief fundraiser and 2012 campaign manager, cost $7,500 (£4,870). There was speculation that Paltrow, a long-term friend of the President, could attract fellow Democrat supporters Cameron Diaz and Lady Gaga to the dining club.
The President is asking high-value supporters like Paltrow to raise $350,000 each by the end of the year in an effort to top the $750m raised in 2008, to fight the Republicans.
Mr Obama struggled to sell out a $10,000-a-head fundraising event in New York last week and is offering grassroots supporters the chance to win "dinner with Barack" in return for a $3 donation.
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