Grapevine: Will Hollywood support backfire on Obama?

Celebrity fundraisers spark image concerns


And now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...

Seeing Stars

Some Hollywood insiders who support President Obama are worried his reliance on celebrity fundraisers could backfire.

The Hollywood Reporter says there is concern among some of the president's most ardent backers that $40,000-a-plate fundraisers with A-listers like Sarah Jessica Parker and George Clooney could paint the president as out of touch with everyday Americans.

One veteran executive said -- quote -- "It's a mistake. He's supposed to be a man of the people, and he's hanging out with Anna Wintour? Is he trying to turn the election into a celebrity reality show?"

Bottom Line

Democrats say the president must target the uber-rich to compete with deep-pocketed Republican super PACs.

This week the Obama campaign filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission demanding Republican super PAC Crossroads GPS disclose its donors. 

The campaign says Crossroads is a political group and therefore, should report its donor list.

Crossroads fired back calling on the president to demand the same openness from liberal groups.

Conservatives also jumped on the timing of a call for more transparency the same week the president invoked executive privilege for the first time over the Fast and Furious documents. 

National Review channeled its inner Charles Dickens -- joking -- "It was the most transparent of times, it was the least transparent of times?"

Mass Hysteria

Finally, a new political action committee aiming to boost Republicans in the Bay State got a lesson in spell check. 

The group "Massachusetts Forward" was forced to re-file with the FEC because it originally spelled Massachusetts with only one "t" and five "s"s.  

Rule number one, make sure your own name is right on the paperwork.