Move over, George Clooney. The Obama campaign is taking full advantage of the star power from two famous fashion icons to raise money, an effort being mocked by the Republican Party as pretentious and out of touch.
Two New York City-based celebrities -- Vogue editor Anna Wintour and actress Sarah Jessica Parker -- starred in Obama campaign ads this weekend to encourage voters to enter a raffle to attend a fund-raiser at the actress' home, a bold but unsurprising move for the fashion royalty.
In an ad released by the Obama campaign on Friday, Wintour encouraged Americans to enter the drawing for A New York Night with President Obama with a donation.
I'm so lucky in my work that I'm able to meet some of the most incredible women in the world. Women like Sarah Jessica Parker and Michelle Obama, said Wintour in her English accent. The commercial opened with shots of glassy New York skyscrapers and yellow taxi cabs.
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Don't be late, Wintour said.
Parker also encouraged voters to enter the drawing for her dinner party in a commercial published on YouTube Sunday night.
Okay. The guy who ended the war in Iraq, the guy who says you should be able to marry anyone you want, and the guy who created 4 million 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, Parker said.
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has also used the raffle strategy to raise funds -- as the Washington Times' Catherin Poe put it, he tried to out-Clooney Clooney with a dinner featuring celebrity real estate magnate and notorious birther Donald Trump. Still, Trump is in his own category of reality TV star, and the move emphasized how the Republican Party simply does not attract the same glamorous donation-powerhouses as the Democrats do.
In response to Obama's Anna Wintour ad, the Republican National Committee released its own video pairing up Wintour and the New York City skyscrapers with facts about unemployment. Wintour's accent is meant to come across as less sophisticated and more snooty.
A Night in New York is not Obama's first celebrity fund-raiser. Two Obama supporters won a raffle to hobnob with George Clooney and other Hollywood elite on the West Coast last month, bringing in a reported $15 million.
The president has over 5 celebrity fund-raising events on his calendar this month, including a concert by P!nk for the LGBT Leadership Council's 2012 gala on June 6 in Los Angeles and a private dinner with Glee creator Ryan Murphy.
On Monday, Obama is in New York City for three fund-raisers with former President Bill Clinton, who has been an increasingly common presence on the campaign trail. Jon Bon Jovi is expected to give a performance at the second event at the Waldorf Astoria.