Harvey Weinstein Holding Obama Fundraiser, Co-Hosted by Anne Hathaway, Aaron Sorkin
In the wake of another month of fundraising defeat, President Obama is turning to one of his top big money champions.
Producer Harvey Weinstein is scheduled to hold a 50 person, $38,500-a-head event for Obama at his Westport, Connecticut home on Monday, with The Dark Knight Rises star Anne Hathaway and Newsroom creator Aaron Sorkin serving as co-hosts.
Weinstein has held several fundraisers for the president, and attended a State Dinner for UK Prime Minister David Cameron in March. Vocal in his support of Obama, he said on The Rachel Maddow Show in July that if movies were presidential candidates, Obama would be The King's Speech, while Mitt Romney would be Our Idiot Brother. While the titles provide an obvious metaphor, he was also speaking of fundraising: while Romney has raised more money and had more Super Pac expenditure, he didn't expect that to equal great success.
"I spent the exact same amount on both movies. One movie was called The King's Speech. It grossed $140 million, won a few Oscars including best picture, and did sensational based on its budget," he said. "The other picture was called Our Idiot Brother. And we spent the same exact amount of money on it and it grossed $25 million. To me Romney is Our Idiot Brother, and Obama is The King's Speech. You can spend all the money in the world. If you've got a bad product, it doesnt matter."
The Obama campaign must hope he's correct, as once again, Romney's fundraising has greatly outpaced Obama's: on Monday, it was announced that Romney took in over $100 million, while the president raised $75 million.
Weinstein may be planning on helping Obama in other ways, too. He bought the rights to The Oath of Tobruk, a documentary about the fall of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi at Cannes, saying that the film "highlights the invaluable leadership from President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. American audiences will get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of how our government and the French government worked together to stop the slaughter of innocent civilians and brilliantly handled the overthrow of a government.”
Obama has increasingly counted on Hollywood for a large chunk of his fundraising; a celebrity-sweepstakes fundraiser held at the home of George Clooney raised $15 million for the campaign, while many young Hollywood stars came together on an event in his honor, as well.