Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Obama mingles with Hollywood royalty at lucrative fundraiser


BEVERLY HILLS, California (AFP) — Hollywood's A-list was out in force Tuesday at a fundraiser for Barack Obama with stars including Leonardo DiCaprio helping to amass an estimated nine million dollars for the Democrat's White House campaign.

A dinner in a Beverly Hills mansion costing about 300 attendees 28,500 dollars each also attracted director Steven Spielberg along with a bevy of actors such as Jodie Foster and Tobey Maguire, and comedian Chris Rock, reporters saw.

Obama told the high-rolling audience that many of them had expressed jitters to him about his chances of success in the November 4 election against Republican John McCain.

The Illinois senator urged his supporters to "keep steady" in the days ahead and never forget what his candidacy was about.

He offered a reminder that his campaign "was about those who will never see the inside of a building like this and don't resent the success that's represented in this room, but just want the simple chance to be able to find a job that pays a living wage."
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