Obama to Raise Money With Sarah Jessica Parker After Big Ohio Speech

on June 14 2012 10:42 AM
No. 7 Sarah Jessica Parker
A member of Parker's entourage delayed a flight from Olso to New York after being accused of stealing designer sunglasses from an airport shop. Reuters

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama headed to New York City this evening for a celebrity fundraiser at Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick's West Village townhouse.

The dinner, billed A New York Night, also raffled off tickets with a small donation, much like it did with a fundraiser at actor and activist George Clooney's Los Angeles mansion last month.

Fashion maven and Vogue editor Anna Wintour will also be at the dinner, which the New York Posts reported sold for $80,000 a pair. She and Parker both taped campaign promotions ahead of the event, encouraging supporters to submit a donation for the raffle.

After the dinner, the president and first lady will mingle with Sex and the City creator Darren Star, who is co-hosting a private fundraiser at the Plaza Hotel with Newark Mayor Cory Booker, according to the Post.

The fundraiser -- as all of Obama's celebrity fundraisers -- came under scrutiny by Republicans, who mocked the campaign ads and the event as snobby and elitist.

The president is heading to New York City after a stop in Cleveland, Ohio, where he'll be making a speech about the economy at Cuyahoga Community College. The speech comes a week after President Obama held a press briefing about both the national and global economy at the White House, encouraging Congress to pass a jobs legislation he said would boost the public sector and add jobs.

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