Fifty Days to Election: Obama Campaign Schedules Slew of Celebrity Events

Jimmy Buffett will perform a mini-concert, Judy Collins will do dinner cabaret, and Anna Wintour and Scarlett Johansson talk Paris fashion week.

The Obama campaign is making heavy use of celebrity surrogates for the final stretch, relying on a series of famous names including Eddie Vedder, James Taylor, Gwyneth Paltrow, Yo-Yo Ma and Tom Ford for fund-raising events from now until Election Day. Only a handful of events feature appearances by President Obama or First Lady Michelle Obama, although the President appears in Manhattan on Tuesday for a fundraiser featuring Beyonce and Jay Z.

It used to be that campaigns were a bit more cautious about deploying celebrities this close to Election Day, but the dynamics are different for fundraising events, in which media access usually is limited. For the Obama campaign, the risks appear to be outweighed by the rewards with the pressure to raise money given the warchest coming from pro-Romney SuperPACs.

Here are some of the events coming up in the next six weeks:

Sept. 19: Gwyneth Paltrow, Anna Wintour and Tom Ford co-host a dinner at Mark’s Club in London, with tickets starting at $15,000 per person.

Sept. 19: James Taylor performs at a “chords and conversation” event in Silicon Valley, with tickets starting at $20,000 per person.

Sept. 20: Eddie Vedder performs for an appearance by Obama at the Tampa, Fla. home of Lisa DeBartolo and Don Miggs, with tickets starting at $20,000 per person.

Sept. 21: Leon Fleisher, Pamela Frank, Hilary Hahn, Jaime Laredo and Yo-Yo Ma perform at a fundraiser in Phoenix, Md.

Sept. 22: James Taylor performs at a “Chords and Conversation” event at the Montecito home of Victoria Riskin and Davind Rintels.

Sept. 24: Yo-Yo Ma performs at the Wellesley, Mass. home of Cynthia Strauss and Harry Sherr, with tickets starting at $2,500 per person.

Sept. 24: Artists for Obama unveils the Obama Gemini Portfolio, at Gemini G.E.L at Joni Moisant Weyl gallery in Manhattan.

Sept. 29: Diane Greene, Douglas Osheroff and Eric Schmidt are special guests at a Tech for Obama event at the Atherton, Calif. home of Caroline Donahue. Tickets start at $250 per person.

Oct. 1: Scarlett Johansson and Anna Wintour co-host a Paris Fashion Week reception at La Maison 8, with tickets starting at $2,500 per person.

Oct. 5: Judy Collins headlines a cabaret concert at Solera in Minneapolis, with tickets starting at $1,000 per person.

Oct. 5: The National performs at Queen City Club in Cincinnati, with Debbie Wasserman Schultz among the speakers. Tickets start at $500 per person.

Oct. 7: President Obama appears at a fundraising gala at the Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles.

Oct. 12: Jimmy Buffett performs at the Orlando, Fla. home of John Morgan, with tickets starting at $500 per person.

Oct. 12: James Taylor performs at the Blowing Rock, N.C. home of Bonnie and Jamie Schaefer, with tickets starting at $500 per person.

Oct. 26: James Taylor performs at the Norwich, Vt. home of Jane and Bill Stetson, with tickets starting at $2,500 per person.

 

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