Obama hopes to Cee 'mo Green
Updated: March 8, 4:48 p.m. ET
On the heels of news that President Obama has held or hosted more fundraisers than any president since Jimmy Carter, he's getting ready for another one that will be hard to forget.
On March 16, Grammy-winning artist Cee Lo Green will be performing for Obama at Tyler Perry Studios, sprawling, swanky Atlanta space named for the Hollywood filmmaker whom Forbes magazine recently ranked the highest paid man in entertainment. His Peach State campus includes a 400-seat theater, a five-acre pond and a chapel.
The ask on the campaign website is $10,000 to be included in the "photo line," presumably for a shot with the president, and $2,500 gets donors into a VIP reception. According to a campaign official, general admission tickets start at $500 and a limited number of $250 tickets were made available to Gen44, the campaign's fundraising arm aimed at young donors. About 1,000 people are expected to attend, according to the official.
For those who can't pony up for the event, barackobama.com graciously offers a way for them to give anyhow. They just have to fill in an amount after the prompt, "I cannot attend, but please accept my contribution of."
Perry has contributed a combined $35,000 to Obama and the Democratic National Committee in recent years, but he can still give another $35,800 to the Obama Victory Fund, a joint DNC-Obama account, this year. Green hasn't made any political donations to federal candidates, according to Influence Explorer.
Among the 191 fundraisers Obama has attended or hosted for others, a count compiled by USA Today, musical performances are certainly not rare. Just weeks ago the Foo Fighters performed for Obama donors, which was soon followed by an indie-rock performance in Seattle. In October, folk rock singer Jack Johnson played at a San Francisco fundraiser, and the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles sang for the commander-in-chief in September.
The event is being organized by the African American Leadership Council (AALC), a DNC group described as "a dynamic group of progressive African American business, labor, and community leaders who represent a wide array of business, labor and community groups nationwide -- all committed to advancing the ideals and values of the Democratic Party and the African American community." It will include an AALC gala and a reception with the president.