Star-Studded Wallets Come Out for Obama Fundraiser

Dem rakes in $11M as McCain scoffs
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 17, 2008 8:29 AM CDT
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. leaves his hotel en route to a fundraising event in Beverly Hills, Calif., Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008.    (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama pulled down $11 million between two star-studded Hollywood fundraisers last night, in the biggest single-night take of his campaign, reports the Los Angeles Times. The candidate mixed it up with the likes of Steven Spielberg, Chris Rock, and Barbra Streisand —who capped off the night with a performance —as John McCain took the opportunity to mock the celebrity shindig before a working-class Ohio crowd.

“There’s no place I’d rather be than right here with the working men and women of Ohio,” he told the crowd. McCain held his own Hollywood fundraiser last month, but banked far less money for his trouble. Obama’s camp dismissed such cultural attacks. The stock market’s troubles have “reminded people that this is not a game,” Obama told the crowd. “It’s not a reality show, no offense to any of you.”