Huffpost Politics

Michael Jordan, Carmelo Anthony To Appear At 'Obama Classic' Fundraiser

Posted: Updated:
Print
Getty Images
Getty Images

The Obama campaign is bringing in NBA heavyweights Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Mourning and Carmelo Anthony to boost the president's fundraising efforts.

A new campaign contest announced on Tuesday, dubbed the "Obama Classic," gives supporters a chance to win two tickets to attend an event featuring the basketball stars and Obama. Its only caveat: Make a $3 donation to the campaign.

It's a tactic the Obama campaign employed with great success when it ran a similar contest for a fundraiser at the home of actor George Clooney in May. Supporters donated an average of $23 in hopes of winning a ticket to the event -- propelling the fundraiser's total haul to $15 million when coupled with the $40,000 individual tickets.

The campaign had originally planned a star-studded "Obama Classic Basketball Game" last year, but the event was postponed when a lockout resulted in a shortened NBA season.

In 2008, small donors and celebrity endorsements helped Obama sweep his way into the White House. This year, too, his campaign has drawn heavily on small donors and celebrity fundraisers.

Also on HuffPost:

Close
Obama With Celebrities
of
Share
Tweet
Advertisement
Share this
close
Current Slide

Suggest a correction

Around the Web

Harvey Weinstein hosts stars at Obama fundraiser

Romney trounces Obama in fundraising for 3rd month

Fundraiser-in-chief: Mitt Romney vs Barack Obama

Celebrity hoops with Obama, Michael Jordan and the gang

Weinstein hosting Obama fundraiser featuring Hathaway, Sorkin

Romney trounces Obama in fundraising for 3rd month