Sarah Jessica Parker to host Obama fundraiser
If President Obama could finance his reelection campaign with donated stilettos, Sarah Jessica Parker would be his go-to bundler. Instead, the Obama campaign is relying on the "Sex and the City" star for a more traditional contribution: Parker will host a fundraiser at her Manhattan home June 14.
Billed as "A New York Night With the President, First Lady and Sarah Jessica Parker," the event will follow the model of Obama's fundraiser at George Clooney's Studio City home May 10, which raised nearly $15 million, largely from an online contest. As with the Clooney event, Parker's fundraiser will be open not only to big-ticket donors but also to members of the public, one of whom will be selected to attend with a guest. The prize includes airfare and tickets to a Mariah Carey performance, according to the fine print of the contest rules.
The Obama campaign has been increasingly engaging the entertainment industry in order to reach donors and voters, including an appearance on ABC's daytime talk show "The View" this week in which the president discussed topics from gay marriage to "The Avengers."
Like Obama's visit to "The View," the campaign involvement of Parker, who has been a supporter since 2008, represents a way to reach women voters. Best known for her performance as a fashionable, romantically challenged Manhattan journalist in the "Sex and the City" TV and movie series, Parker's next role is as feminist Gloria Steinem in a biopic of porn star Linda Lovelace.
The actress' fundraising pitch, which went out in an email Friday, focused on her gender, tax status and middle-class roots.
"As a woman, a mother, and an entrepreneur, I need to believe our country can be a place where everyone has a fair shot at success," Parker wrote in the pitch. "This November's election will determine whether we get to keep moving forward, or if we're forced to go back to policies that ask people like my middle-class family in Ohio to carry the burden -- while people like me, who don't need tax breaks, get extra help."
— Rebecca Keegan
Photo: Sarah Jessica Parker. Credit: Kirsty Wigglesworth/Associated Press.