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Celebrities, Campaign Financiers Mingle at White House State Dinner

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Wednesday night’s glamorous White House State Dinner brought Hollywood celebrities, political financiers and Washington power players together to celebrate the relationship between the U.S. and Britain.

The election-year State Dinner was the largest hosted by the Obama administration yet, with 300-plus guests.  Among those invited to the soiree were actor George Clooney, who scored a seat next to the first lady, Vogue editor Anna Wintour, actor Idris Elba and Sir Richard Branson.

Billionaire Warren Buffett, movie producer Harvey Weinstein, Rory McIlroy -- the number one golfer in the world -- and stars of the hit show Downtown Abbey also made the list.

Move than 40 of Obama’s top campaign financiers were in attendance.

In short opening toasts, President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron underscored the strength of their “essential” political alliance and close personal relationship.

“In good times and in bad, he’s just the kind of partner that you want at your side.  I trust him.  He says what he does, and he does what he says.  And I’ve seen his character,” Obama said of Cameron.

Both leaders also brought some humor to the dinner.  Cameron threatened to expose what really happened on their “guys night out.”  Obama treated Cameron to an NCAA tournament game in Ohio Tuesday night.

“Maybe I should come clean about last night.  We went to basketball and we had a real man-to-man chat.  Barack tried to confuse me by talking about bracketology but I got my own back by running him gently through the rules of cricket,” Cameron said to laughter from the crowd.

On a more serious note, the prime minster gave a glowing endorsement of the president’s leadership abroad.

“He has pressed the reset button on the moral authority of the entire free world,” Cameron said.  “Barack has not rushed into picking fights, but is a steward of America’s resources of hard and soft power… He’s taken time to make considered decisions, drawing down troops from Iraq and surging in Afghanistan.  He’s found a new voice for America with the Arab people.”

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Obama’s Top Campaign Bundlers Among State Dinner Guests

Getty Images/Comstock Images(WASHINGTON) -- More than three dozen of President Obama’s top re-election campaign financiers were guests at Wednesday night’s White House state dinner in honor of British Prime Minister David Cameron.

They include Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, media mogul Fred Eychaner, Pfizer executive Sally Susman, Stoneyfield Farms president and CEO Gary Hirschberg, and Microsoft executives Suzi Levine and John Frank. Several have each raised more than half a million dollars for 2012, according to estimates provided by Obama’s campaign.

All told, 41 of the 364 expected attendees are Obama campaign bundlers, or volunteer fundraisers who give the legal maximum and then gather checks from friends and colleagues who do the same.

The group attending the dinner Wednesday night is responsible for at least $10.7 million of the roughly $250 million Obama and Democrats have amassed for the election cycle so far.

It’s not the first time Obama’s campaign donors have been spotted at a White House state dinner. In October, at least half a dozen attended the evening in honor of South Korean President Lee Myung-bak.

Here’s the full list of donors attending Wednesday night's dinner, including the range of their contribution and employer, as listed by the Obama campaign:

  • Gerald Acker, Huntington Woods, Mich. – $200,000-$500,000 (Goodman Acker PC)
  • Mark Alderman, Bryn Mawr, Pa. – $200,000-$500,000 (Cozen & O’Connor)
  • Jean-Phillipe Austin, Miami, Fla. – $200,000-$500,000 (Physician)
  • Matthew Barzun, Louisville, Ky. – $500,000+ (Brickpath LLC)
  • Tom and Andrea Bernstein, New York, N.Y. – $500,000+ (Chelsea Piers Mgmt)
  • Neil Bluhm, Chicago, Ill. – $200,000-$500,000 (Walton Street Capital)
  • Wally Brewster, Jr., and Robert Satawake, Chicago, Ill. – $200,000-$500,000 (General Growth Properties/Keller Williams Realty)
  • Jim Crown, Chicago, Ill. – $200,000-$500,000 (Henry Crown & Co)
  • John Crumpler, Durham, N.C. – $500,000+ (Hatteras Venture Architects)
  • Meredith DeWitt, Harvard, Mass. – $200,000-$500,000 (Political Consultant)
  • Fred Eychaner, Chicago, Ill. – $500,000+ (Newsweb Corp)
  • Joseph Falk, Miami, Fla.  – $200,000-$500,000 (Akerman, Senterfitt & Eidson)
  • Rajiv Kumar Fernando, Chicago, Ill. – $200,000-$500,000 (Chopper Trading)
  • John Frank, Bellevue, Wash. -- $500,000+ (Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft,)
  • William Freeman, Nashville, Tenn. – $100,000-$200,000 (Freeman Webb Co)
  • Lou Frillman, Seattle, Wash. – $200,000-$500,000 (GVA Marquette Advisors/Financial Designs Ltd)
  • Anthony Gardner, Washington, D.C. – $200,000-$500,000 (Palamon Captial Partners)
  • Chad Griffin, Los Angeles, Calif. – $100,000-$200,000 (Chad Griffin Consulting)
  • Samuel Heins and Stacey Mills, Wayzata, Minn. – $200,000-$500,000 (Heins, Mills & Olson)
  • Don Hinkle, Tallahassee, Fla. – $100,000-$200,000 (Hinkle & Foran)
  • Gary Hirshberg, Concord, N.H. – $100,000-$200,00 (Stonyfield Farm)
  • Barry Karas, Los Angeles, Calif. – $500,000+ (Perlman & Assoc/Actor)
  • Janet Keller, Laguna Beach, Calif. – $200,000-$500,000 (Consultant)
  • Charlie Kireker, Weybridge, Vt. – $200,000-$500,000 (Twin Birches)
  • Orin Kramer, New York, N.Y. – $500,000+ (Boston Provident)
  • Mai Lassiter, Los Angeles, Calif. – $200,000-$500,000 (Overbrook Entertainment)
  • Suzi Levine, Seattle, Wash. – $200,000-$500,000 (Microsoft)
  • Joe Liemandt, Austin, Texas – $100,000-$200,000 (Trilogy Enterprises Inc)
  • James Murray, Keene, Va. – $100,000-$200,000 (Greenbriar Square Property Management)
  • Susan Ness, Bethesda, Md. – $200,000-$500,000 (Susan Ness Strategies)
  • Michael Monroe Parham, Seattle, Wash. – $500,000+ (Realnetworks Inc)
  • Carol Pensky, Washington, D.C. – $200,000-$500,000 (Retired)
  • Ellen Richman, Greenwich, Conn. – $50,000-$100,000 (Richman Group)
  • John Scully, San Francisco, Calif. – $50,000-$100,000 (Spo Partners & Co)
  • Diana Shaw Clark, Washington, D.C. – $100,000-$200,000 (Writer)
  • Jay Snyder, New York, N.Y. – $200,000-$500,000 (HBJ Investments)
  • Sally Susman, New York, N.Y. – $500,000+ (Pfizer Inc)
  • John and Sandi Thompson, Woodside, Calif. – $200,000-$500,000 (Fenwick & West)
  • George Tsunis, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. – $200,000-$500,000 (Chartwell Hotels)
  • Harvey Weinstein, New York, N.Y. – $500,000+ (Weinstein Co)
  • Anna Wintour, New York, N.Y. — $500,000+ (Editor-in-Chief, Vogue Magazine)

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Obama, David Cameron to Attend NCAA Basketball Game

NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama is scheduled to take British Prime Minister David Cameron to an NCAA tournament game as part of his official visit to the United States next week.

Showcasing one of America’s most popular sporting events, Obama and Cameron will attend a first-round game in Ohio at the University of Dayton on Tuesday.

The outing is intended to highlight the close relationship between the two nations, according to a White House official.

The game also gives the president another opportunity to visit the key battleground state.  While Obama carried the Buckeye State in 2008, recent polls show him in a tight race for Ohio with GOP front-runner Mitt Romney.

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President Obama to Reaffirm US-UK Relations

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) -- President Obama wakes up Wednesday morning in London again, where he is scheduled to hold a bilateral meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron.

The two leaders will then expand their meetings to include Deputy Prime Minister Clegg and a larger meeting with the two delegations.

"The purpose of this visit is to reaffirm that relationship, to further align our approaches on all the core issues that we work with the United Kingdom on," Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes said. "And that runs the gamut from our cooperation on global economic recovery to the effort in Afghanistan, counterterrorism, our efforts in Libya, our nonproliferation agenda, and a whole host of issues that the prime minister and the president will have the opportunity to discuss."

Later in the day, the president and prime minister will attend a barbeque hosted by Mrs. Cameron and First Lady Michelle Obama to honor military families, U.S. and U.K. service members and veterans.  They will be announcing a new joint initiative focused on military families and care for veterans from both nations.

Afterwards, the president will deliver what the White House is calling the "anchor" speech of his week-long European trip to British Parliament.

"I think what he'll again underscore is both the essential nature of the U.S.-U.K. alliance as well as the broader transatlantic alliance to global security and prosperity," Rhodes said. "I think he'll speak to the fact that we've obviously come through a very difficult decade, but in some respects we're turning a corner insofar as we've successfully ended our combat mission in Iraq, removed 100,000 troops."

The president and first lady will wrap up their day hosting a dinner in the Queen's honor to "reciprocate the hospitality of Her Majesty the Queen."  The Obamas will spend their last night in London Wednesday evening.

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