Actor Robert Duvall is set to host a fundraiser for the Romney campaign at his Virginia home, according to the invitation obtained by the National Journal.
The event is set to take place Sept. 6 at his Loudon County, Va. home. General reception tickets are $2,500 per person. Tickets to the dinner where Ann Romney will be in attendance will go for $25,000. The VIP photo reception goes for $10,000 a person.
Duvall is one of the few out-spoken conservative actors who has publicly endorsed a presidential candidate. While President Obama has had a plethora of fundraisers with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, Romney hasn’t garnered the same enthusiasm or support. Although Hollywood tends to swing liberal, Romney has only managed to gain actors Scott Baio and Jon Voight on his fundraising list.
With the election more than three months away, there is still time for Romney to gain some Hollywood support…if there is any.
Actor Matt Damon has had critical opinions of the President in recent months, but said Obama is the lesser evil on the November ballot, reports the AP.
“I’d be shocked if (Mitt) Romney won,” Damon said. “You know, I think Obama is the clear choice. But I’ve said before I’m really disappointed in him, and I am, particularly because of the banking stuff. He so misread that. That sense of unfair – the sense that we don’t have a country anymore when people don’t feel like they have a chance, like it’s going to be fair. … If people feel like the deck is stacked against them, then they stop playing by the rules. Because why play by the rules? The game is fixed, right?”
The once enthusiastic Obama supporter said he feels both parties are ignoring the average struggling American.
“I don’t think the Republicans or the Democrats really understand the level of anger at the sense of unfairness that the majority of people in the country feel,” Damon said.
Actress Eva Longoria, a high-profile backer of the president, says that Barack Obama and Mitt Romney offer “two fundamentally different ideologies” to the American people.
During a Tuesday morning appearance on “Fox and Friends,” Longoria said she was happy to help Obama’s re-election campaign and has focused on reaching “the Latino community and the women’s community, because I find the policies being made in Washington disproportionately affect those communities.”
Asked about voters who might turn their backs on Obama after supporting him in 2004, Longoria had this to say: look at Romney’s record.
“What I fear is voter apathy as opposed to, ‘I’m disappointed so I’m just not going to vote for him,’” she said. “Really look at the candidates. If you like what Mitt has to offer and you think he has a better plan, really, it’s just about two different choices. Two fundamentally different ideologies.”
Longoria also said there was “great turnout” at a fundraiser she held for Obama in San Antonio last week.
And hosting a fundraiser has its perks.
“I got to ride in the motorcade, which was a lot of fun,” Longoria said. But not even a movie star gets to ride with the president: Longoria rode in a van. “”
Musician Sir Elton John visited Washington on Monday to raise awareness about AIDS. He was a keynote speaker at the International AIDS Awareness Conference, which was attended by many activists, celebrities and politicians, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. John has played a pivotal role in AIDS awareness and activism in the last two decades, fundraising more than $300 million for research.
Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak blasted President Obama in an essay to Richochet.com.
“It’s as if President Obama climbed into a tank, put on his helmet, talked about how his foray into Cambodia was seared in his memory, looked at his watch, misspelled ‘potato’ and pardoned Richard Nixon all in the same day. It’s fun to imagine the hand-wringing that must be going on within the White House as staffers try to figure out how to undo the damage their boss has done with his anti-entrepenurial riff. Defining moments in politics are strange beasts. Sometimes they’re only recognized in hindsight, while sometimes they throw the train off the tracks before a sentence has been completed. Sometimes their effect can be contained and minimized, while sometimes their effect on the political narrative mestastasizes. This one is very bad for the White House.
These defining moments take hold most devastatingly when they confirm what a large portion of the electorate already believes. Taken alone, it seems unfair that a single moment, an unguarded remark or a slip of the tongue can carry such weight. They’re often dismissed as “gotcha” moments, but when voters are able to nod and say, ‘I knew it,’ these moments stick and do terrible damage. We have witnessed such a moment.”
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Actress Ashley Judd recently stumped for Obama at the Women for Obama summit at Central Piedmont Community College in North Carolina, reports the Charlotte Observer.
Judd applauded Obama on his accomplishments in his first term.
“I love my president and I have so much excitement and hope about what he’ll continue to do for our country with another term,” Judd said. “He has done a very, very good job for girls, women and families in this country.”
The actress has previously echoed her support for the president and campaigned for him during the 2008 election.
Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour are throwing a fundraiser for President Obama in Greenwich, Conn., on Aug. 6, according to the NY Post.
The two democratic supporters are set to co-host the event. Other co-chairs have yet to be announced. Tickets are expected to be $35,800 per head.
Weinstein and Wintour hosted an Obama dinner together last year, which included Gwyneth Paltrow, Tory Burch, Alicia Keys and Quentin Tarantino.
Wintour co-hosted an event with Sarah Jessica Parker last month that brought in a variety of supporters from Hollywood and the fashion industry.