In search for cash, Obama keeps an A-list cast

President Barack Obama at a campaign event at

President Barack Obama at a campaign event at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, Pa. (June 12, 2012) (Credit: Getty Images)

Call it "Checks and the City."

Needing to boost his donor base, President Barack Obama is banking on elite entertainers for help so often they have essentially become a cast of characters in his campaign. He is using his Hollywood access and raffling it off as a prize to others, tapping into a culture that revels in celebrity even in hard economic times.

Obama's big-name tour...

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