Hollywood Shells Out for Obama's Big Day

A-listers fork over $50K for events
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 31, 2008 1:52 PM CST
With the Capitol in the background, a worker paints the center stand of the inaugural platform, at the west front of the Capitol in Washington.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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(Newser) – A blackout hit Barack Obama’s Hawaii vacation home last week, but his inauguration next month will be lit up with plenty of star power. Hollywood A-listers have been shelling out top dollar to help pay for the president-elect’s big day, Politico reports. Donors include Halle Berry, Jamie Foxx, Steven and Kate Spielberg, Sharon Stone, Berry Gordy, Tom Hanks, and Jeffrey Katzenberg—who contributed $50,000 each.

Magic Johnson and comedian Christopher Guest also chipped in with $25,000 each. But don’t feel left out: The stars' contributions only cover inaugural events and parties. Taxpayers foot the bill for the actual ceremony on Jan. 20.
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