Stars Collide as Oprah Backs Obama

Mogul plans fundraiser for first candidate she's ever endorsed
By Colleen Barry,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 18, 2007 5:32 AM CDT
Oprah poses for a picture at the CFDA Fashion Awards in New York, Monday, June 4, 2007. The annual gala celebrates the year's leading designers and trend setters.(AP Photo/Stuart Ramson)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – In a first-ever move for Oprah Winfrey, the multimedia powerhouse will throw her impressive public muscle behind a presidential candidate—Barack Obama. She's opening her Southern California mansion for a megabucks fundraiser for her fellow Chicagoan on September 8. Tickets start at $2,300, the LA Times reports, and dinner goes for $50,00.

Oprah's approval is "better than the Good Housekeeping seal," gushed one publicist. One invitee called it a "trifecta" for Obama: Guests can party, write checks and "glimpse the woman everyone seems to want at least for vice president." Winfrey's move is the latest in an escalating battle of the celebrity endorsements between Obama and Hilary Clinton.