In what’s billed by some enthusiastic boosters as one of Barack Obama’s most exciting events of the year, Oprah Winfrey will host a $2,300-per-person fund-raiser for the presidential candidate at her home in Montecito on Sept. 8.
Event will be the entertainment industry’s latest high-profile fund-raiser for a 2008 candidate in a year that has already seen Hillary Clinton feted at Ron Burkle’s sprawling Green Acres mansion and Clinton and John Edwards hosted at Brett Ratner’s fabled Hilhaven Lodge.
While Winfrey’s fund-raiser may translate into a donor windfall for Obama, it’s uncertain whether her much sought after seal of approval will lead to actual votes; Winfrey has never backed a presidential candidate before.
Even before Obama announced his candidacy, Winfrey pledged to campaign for him. After he jumped in the race, she followed up on her promise and gave her official endorsement on “Larry King Live.”
“I think that what he stands for, what he has proven he can stand for, what he has shown, was worth me going out on a limb for,” Winfrey said on “Larry King Live” in May. “And I haven’t done it in the past because I haven’t felt that anybody — I didn’t know anybody well enough to say, ‘I believe in this person.’ “
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