Obama attends star-studded fundraiser in Connecticut

Celebrities host Obama fundraiser.

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.

Porn industry backs Romney: Jenna Jameson, Ron Jeremy offer endorsements

Jenna Jameson endorses Mitt Romney.

This article was updated at 7:42 a.m. EDT with additional details of Jenna Jameson’s endorsement of Mitt Romney.

Mitt Romney can add yet another member of the adult film industry to his list of supporters.

At a San Francisco strip club, former porn star Jenna Jameson endorsed the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, the latest adult film actor to back the former Massachusetts governor.

“I’m very looking forward to a Republican being back in office,” she told a CBS San Francisco  staffer who was there attending a celebration for the 8th anniversary of Gold Club. “When you’re rich, you want a Republican in office.”

Ms. Jameson made the comments while sipping champagne in a VIP room at the gentlemen’s club in the city’s South of Market neighborhood. Her endorsement seems to be a departure from the adult actress’s previous political leanings. In an interview with PR.com before the 2008 election, she professed a wish for Bill Clinton to return to office.

“The Clinton administration was the best years for the adult industry and I wish that Clinton would run again. I would love to have him back in office. I would love to have Al Gore in office. When Republicans are in office, the problem is, a lot of times they try to put their crosshairs on the adult industry, to make a point,” she said in the interview. “It’s sad, when there are so many different things that are going on in the world: war, and people are dying of genocide. It’s sad that they feel that they have to target the sex industry, and not target the problems with insurance and the homeless and the AIDS epidemic … I look forward to another democrat being in office.”

In the same interview she endorsed Hillary Clinton for president in 2008.

“I love Hillary. I think that in some ways she’s pretty conservative for a democrat, but I would love to have a woman in office. I think that it would be a step in the right direction for our country, and there would be less focus on war and more focus on bettering society.”

Ms. Jameson is not the first adult film star to endorse the former Massachusetts governor. Fellow porn star Ron Jeremy told The Boston Herald last week that Mr. Romney is “a good man” and “an amazing father.”

“I think the fact that he’s such an amazing father proves a lot. I give him a lot of credit. He’s raised some good sons,” Mr. Jeremy posited. “When a man is a really, really good father, that’s very important.”

Michael Lucas, New York’s largest product of gay adult films, has also given his endorsement to the Republican.

“I would support Romney of course,” he recently told Yahoo News. “There is nobody else to support.”

“I don’t see any danger coming from Romney when it comes to porn. It’s just not there. And I think he will be much better than President Obama. Not that it will be difficult to be better than President Obama,” he added.

Ms. Jameson retired from the adult film industry in 2008. “Honesty is key. I will never, ever, ever spread my legs again in this industry again. Ever!,” she told fans at the Adult Video News Awards ceremony in Las Vegas.

Jameson, Jeremy and Lucas join a growing list of celebrity supporters of Governor Romney. In March, rock legend Ted Nugent endorsed the Michigan Native via Twitter.

“After a long heart&soul conversation with MittRomney today I concluded this goodman will properly represent we the people & I endorsed him,” Mr. Nugent tweeted.

Celebrity involvement in political elections is nothing new. Hollywood actor George Clooney hosted a widely successful fundraiser for President Barack Obama at his Beverly Hills home in May. The fundraiser netted Mr. Obama $15 million from both ticket prices and donations.

While some celebrity endorsement are helpful, Ms. Jameson’s support of Mr. Romney is unlikely to win him any votes. “Porn legend Jenna Jameson may have just made the unlikeliest – and least helpful – endorsement of the 2012 campaign season,” the New York Daily News’ Kristen Lee wrote.

While the fundraising powers of Mr. Clooney and Sarah Jessica Parker will win President Obama plenty of friends in Hollywood and plenty of cash too, the star of adult films such as “I Dream of Jenna” and “Zombie Strippers” is unlikely to make a campaign appearance with Mr. Romney anytime soon.