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Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour is one of President Barack Obama’s biggest cash cows. The New York Times published a ranking of Mr. Obama’s top bundlers for the current election cycle this week. Ms. Wintour came in fourth on the list of these influential power fundraisers who accumulate checks from friends and business associates.
On Wednesday, First Lady Michelle Obama will attend a fundraising reception at the swank Pierre Hotel on 61st Street. According to a campaign official, tickets for the event will start at $250 per person with proceeds benefitting the Obama Victory Fund, a joint fundraising committee of Obama for America, the Democratic National Committee and several state Democratic parties.
Donor Wears Prada
Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour is using her reputation as a demanding fashion editrix to raise money for President Barack Obama. On Sunday, Ms. Wintour sent an email with the subject line “I take deadlines seriously” reminding Obama supporters of the contest for donors to win a chance to attend Sarah Jessica Parker’s fundraiser for the president this month.
“There’s simply no excuse to let this slip,” Ms. Wintour wrote with her trademark dose of mild menace. “I don’t do this sort of thing often–get involved with politics, that is. But I’m doing everything I can to support President Obama this summer and fall because it’s important that we all do.”
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand might be a rising star in Washington D.C., but that doesn’t mean she can’t take a moment to enjoy herself at New York City’s Fashion Week. Indeed, she was spotted by Women’s Wear Daily in the front row of a Carolina Herrera show yesterday morning.
“I love Carolina’s history in terms of dressing First Ladies, being part of our culture over the last several decades,” Gillibrand said to the publication. “I think it’s important to come show my support for her specifically, and I personally really admire her designs. They’re ones that I can definitely wear.”
Some highlights from Christine Quinn’s latest filing:
She raised $134,298 during the Anthony Weiner scandal (5/27/11 — 6/17/11).
She’s gotten donations from Anna Wintour ($1,000), DNC Finance Chairman Andrew Tobias ($1,000), model Lily Aldridge ($1,500). Irish Voice editor Debra McGoldrick donated $4,950. Another editor there, Nial O’Dowd, also donated $4,950.
Mark Hsiao, husband of car sales giant Howard Koeppel — who housed Rudy Giuliani during his divorce — donated $2,700.
And the Brooklyn Daily Eagle Publisher John Hasty, donated $1,000.