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For Obama, a campaign money swing with star power

President Barack Obama is raising money in California, tapping a reliable donor base that's heavy on Hollywood personalities for his re-election campaign.
/ Source: The Associated Press

President Barack Obama is raising money in California, tapping a reliable donor base that's heavy on Hollywood personalities for his re-election campaign.

The president was to tape an appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on Tuesday, his second as sitting president and fourth appearance overall.

A fundraiser Tuesday in San Francisco will feature a performance by folk rock singer-songwriter Jack Johnson.

Obama's Monday evening fundraisers featured actor Will Smith and basketball legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson. The president also mingled with Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas.

Celebrities are a tried and true fundraising draw, particularly for Democratic presidents. Both the president and the stars bask in their reflected fame and the endorsement of stars can be a useful asset.