In search for cash, Obama keeps an A-list cast

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FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2010, file photo, President Barack Obama, not pictured, acknowledges actress Sarah Jessica Parker, as first lady Michelle Obama smiles in the East Room of the White House in Washington, before he presented the 2009 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal. It will be Parker's house, but Obama's show. You could call it "Checks and the City." Needing to boost his donor base and campaign cash, Obama is banking on elite entertainers for help so often they have essentially become a cast of characters in his campaign. He is using his Hollywood access and raffling it off as a prize to others, tapping into a nation that revels in celebrity even in hard economic times. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
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NEW YORK (AP) — President Barack Obama is soaking in the support — and the campaign cash — of elite New York entertainers.

The president and first lady Michelle Obama are attending a campaign fundraiser at the home of actress Sarah Jessica Parker. Tickets for the intimate dinner come at a cost of $40,000 per person.

Obama told the 50 people attending that his supporters will be a "tie-breaker" in an election that will determine a vision for the nation's future.

The president was set to headline a second glitzy fundraiser in New York later Thursday night.

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