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Katy Perry Nails it for Obama

@KatyPerry/Twitter(LOS ANGELES) -- Inside the Nokia theater Sunday night, 6,000 people packed in for a star-studded concert to raise money for President Obama’s campaign. Most of those who attended the “30 Days to Victory” event, however, were likely too far away to see the smallest display of support that appeared on stage.

Singer Katy Perry took the stage to perform “Let’s Stay Together,” which Obama famously crooned at a fundraiser in January. Only those closest to the stage would have seen her fingernails, which were painted red, white and blue and adorned with the Democratic donkey logo as well as the president’s face. If you weren’t one of those exclusive few, Perry also tweeted a photo of her nail art to her 27 million Twitter followers, along with the message, “Appropriate nails.”

Earlier in the evening she tweeted, “Today I am so honored to play for the President!”

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Sarah Jessica Parker to Host Obamas for Fundraiser

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- Get ready, New York. A “starmageddon” of presidential fundraisers is about to hit town.

The Obama campaign announced Friday that actress Sarah Jessica Parker will next month host President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and an expected star-studded cast of donors for an event dubbed “A New York Night” at her private Manhattan home.

Joining the crowd will be several lucky grassroots supporters and winners of an online sweepstakes by a contribution of “$3 or whatever you can,” Parker said in a fundraising email.

“As a woman, a mother, and an entrepreneur, I need to believe our country can be a place where everyone has a fair shot at success,” she wrote.

“This November’s election will determine whether we get to keep moving forward, or if we’re forced to go back to policies that ask people like my middle-class family in Ohio to carry the burden -- while people like me, who don’t need tax breaks, get extra help.”

Parker says of the event, “it should be fabulous.”

Earlier this month, the Obamas attended a similar event at the Los Angeles home of actor George Clooney.  Ticket sales for the event and the online sweepstakes raised more than $12 million for the 2012 campaign. It was the president’s single most lucrative fundraiser ever.

The 150 tickets sold for the event went for $40,000 apiece. The online haul for the Clooney event alone was in the “millions,” an Obama campaign official said.

The campaign has regularly promoted contests to court grassroots cash, including chances to win an all-expenses-paid trip to have lunch or dinner with the president. The initiatives are reportedly highly lucrative.

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George Clooney's Obama Fundraiser Expected to Earn a Record $12M

Pete Souza/The White House via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- It's no secret Hollywood loves President Obama.  For proof, look no farther than the fact that his upcoming May 10 fundraiser, hosted by George Clooney, has sold out.

More proof?  The Hollywood Reporter says the fundraiser is expected to garner $12 million for the campaign, making it the single-biggest presidential fundraiser in U.S. history.

Hollywood types including celebrities, studio heads and industry executives each coughed up $40,000 for a chance to dine with the president at Clooney's home in Studio City. 

The $12 million comes from the $6 million raised to attend dinner at Clooney's, plus an additional $6 million from an online sweepstakes sponsored by the Obama campaign, where contributors could win two seats at the head table with Clooney.

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School Uses Justin Bieber Music to Force Charity Donations

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(EVANSTON, Ill.) -- Two students at a high school in Illinois found a unique way to raise money for a charity this holiday season: by holding their classmates hostage to the song stylings of Justin Bieber.

Bieber’s voice and song lyrics, worshipped among tween and teen girls, were turned into a weapon against cheapskates: Evanston Township High School seniors Charlotte Runzel and Jesse Chatz needed a quick way to raise big money to save a struggling cafe and arts center down the street from the school, and figured Bieber's tunes would be so hated that people would pay up to make it stop.

Runzel and Chatz talked administrators at their Chicago-area school into letting them play Bieber’s hit song “Baby” over the intercom -- repeatedly, throughout the school day, until their fellow students donated enough to reach the fundraiser’s $1,000 goal.

They estimated they would need one week to hit the target. The campaign, called “Stop the Bieber,” began on Monday. Bieber’s “Baby” was played eight times a day over the school’s intercom between classes, and it only took three days for the plan to work. By Wednesday, they had raised the $1,000 and were able to turn the music off, reports TribLocal, the Evanston edition of the Chicago Tribune.

The administrator of Boocoo, the nonprofit cafe that is now the beneficiary of the school’s largesse (or annoyance at Bieber), said she and the staff were “incredibly moved” by the gesture.  The cafe has also pledged to provide free space for artistic presentations by Evanston students.

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