WASHINGTON--Hollywood stars are hosting President Obama at high-end fund-raisers on Monday, with Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas opening their Los Angeles home for an event hosted by Eva Longoria aimed at Hispanic donors. That's according to Variety's Ted Johnson, over at his Wilshire and Washington blog. Chicago attorney Manny Sanchez is one of the co-hosts. Actor Will Smith is a co-host at a second fund-raiser.
Obama is hitting his top high-end money state, California, for fund-raisers Monday and Tuesday in Los Angeles and San Francisco. California is home to 87 Obama "bundlers"-- the very top fund-raisers--the state with the most in the nation, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
Excerpt from Ted Johnson: "In what his reelection campaign says is the first official Latino fundraiser for Obama's candidacy, the President is scheduled to be at an event Oct. 24 hosted by Eva Longoria and a team that includes TV personality Giselle Fernandez, Puerto Rican attorney Andres W. Lopez, Texas designer and architect Henry R. Munoz and Illinois attorney Manuel "Manny" Sanchez. With tickets starting at $5,000 per person, according to the invite, the event is aimed at supporters nationwide, but it undoubtedly will have a showbiz flair: It's at the Hancock Park-area home of Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas.
"The campaign's finance team was optimistic enough to add another event: a $35,800-per-person dinner at the home of producer James Lassiter and his wife Mai, with his business partner Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith among the co-hosts."