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LGBT Celebrities Back President Obama

Neil Patrick Harris, Ricky Martin, Ellen DeGeneres, and Dustin Lance Black are some of the prominent LGBT supporters of President Obama Campaign.

CBS News has the story:

President Obama heads to the West Coast today for a two-day, three-city fundraising swing that includes a stop tonight at the LGBT Leadership Council Gala in Beverly Hills, where the featured entertainment will be “Glee” star Darren Criss and the speakers will include talk show host Ellen DeGeneres.

The event, which comes after two San Francisco fundraisers, will mark Mr. Obama’s third fundraiser directly targeting the LGBT community this year. In April, he hosted a fundraiser in Florida with the LGBT Leadership Council that raised $125,000 from 50 supporters; in May, shortly after he announced his support of same-sex marriage, he raised an estimated $1 million during a New York City fundraiser co-hosted by Ricky Martin. A campaign official tells CBS News that approximately 600 people will attend tonight’s event, with tickets starting at $1,250 per person.

CNN reports that one in every 16 Obama donors is openly gay:

After President Obama announced his support for same-sex marriage, a group organizing a fundraiser on his behalf suddenly had to find a bigger venue. The event, featuring the pop singer Pink, is one of two LGBT-organized fundraisers Obama is expected to attend on the West Coast on Wednesday.

A CNN analysis of President Obama’s biggest fundraisers, known as bundlers, shows that at least 33 — or about one in every 16 bundlers — is openly gay. Together, they have raised at least $8 million for the campaign between January and the end of March.

By contrast, in the same period, bundlers from the television, movie and music industry, some of whom attended a recent high-profile fundraiser hosted by actor George Clooney, raised $6.8 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

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