This article was updated at 7:32 a.m. EDT with additional details about the Obama fundraiser.
Film producer Harvey Weinstein is hosting a star-studded fundraiser for the Obama campaign on Monday evening at his home in Westport, Connecticut, reports CBS News.
The president will be joined by more than 60 celebrities, politicians, and other affluent supports. Actress Anne Hathaway and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin are co-hosting the event. Also included on the guest list are Governor Dan Malloy and Joanne Woodward, Paul Newman’s widow.
The fundraiser is expected to raise over $2 million for the Obama campaign, with dinner costing $35,800 for an individual and $71,600 for a couple. The event will take place at Mr. Weinstein’s beachfront property, which, according to the Hartford Courant, is worth about $15.5 million.
Before heading to that fundraiser, Mr. Obama will also attend a $500-a-person event at the Stamford Marriott with about 400 supporters. Musician Ben Harper is scheduled to perform at this event.
Members of Connecticut’s Congressional delegation have been invited to both events, although many have said they will only be attending the less exclusive reception at the Marriott.
The president enjoys a healthy lead in the state over presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney. In a recent Quinnipiac University poll in June he was up by 12 percentage points. But Connecticut is also a great place to raise money to help fund more competitive races in swing states such as Pennsylvania and New Hampshire.
“Connecticut citizens are working not just for an overwhelming victory here in the state, but through phone calls, social media and traveling to other states,” Jonathan Harris, executive director of the Democratic Party in Connecticut, told the Courant. “A lot of times, because we’re a blue state, people think nothing’s happening … But there are people … working every day.”
The president is attempting to come out on top in a close fundraising battle with his Republican opponent. Mitt Romney recently announced that his campaign raised $101.3 million during the month of July, outraising the Obama campaign, which brought in $75 million, for the third straight month.
“The president is facing a tsunami of super PAC and other undisclosed money,” said Richard Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat who Mr. Obama helped get elected to the Senate in 2010. “This deluge of money he faces really requires him to do the kind of grassroots fundraising through parties and events that are happening in Connecticut. The special interest money he faces is unprecedented.”
The president is not the only one cashing in on Connecticut, however. In a three-day fundraising trip through New York and Connecticut in May, Mr. Romney raised over $10 million. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the former Massachusetts governor has raised $4.78 million from Connecticut donors, while Mr. Obama has raised $2.2 million.