Sarah Jessica Parker fundraiser for Obama raises $2 million
Sarah Jessica Parker recently held a fundraiser that raised at least $2 million for President Barack Obama.
The exclusive event took place at the four-story brownstone home of the 47-year-old "Sex and the City" star and husband Matthew Broderick in New York City's West Village. The actor was not in attendance.Obama told guests he "had a show to run off to." Broderick is starring the Broadway musical "Nice Work If You Can Get It."
The some 50 donors, each paying $40,000 to attend, gathered around a long table to dine with the president and First Lady Michelle Obama, according to ABC News. There were a number of other celebrities in attendance, including Meryl Streep, producer Andy Cohen, designer Michael Kors, actress Olivia Wilde and Vogue magazine editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.
According to ABC News, there was a press pool brought in to hear the remarks, and President Obama stressed how many Americans are still struggling due to the tough economy.
"We're going to have to fight for it because the American people are tired; they've gone through a very tough economy," Obama said. "They're still having a tough time. And that's why this election is going to be close."
On June 4, Parker, who also supported Obama in his efforts to win the 2008 presidential elections, appeared in a 2012 campaign ad to promote the event along with Wintour.
In the clip, which can be seen below, Parker says: "OK, 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 four 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," she adds, promoting a contest where people could have won a chance to attend. "Because we need him and he needs us."
The ad appeared during the MTV Movie Awards on June 3. The event was similar to one George Clooney threw last month in the Los Angeles area. That fundraiser included high-profile attendees like singer Barbra Streisand and her husband James Brolin, Robert Downey Jr., Eddie Murphy, Jack Black, designer Diane Von Furstenberg, Salma Hayek, actor and frequent Oscars host Billy Crystal. It also raised nearly $15 million for the Obama campaign.
Check out Sarah Jessica Parker and Anna Wintour's campaign ads below.