A Morning at the Dakota
By Matthew Mosk
Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama will file campaign finance reports tomorrow that will show in stark terms the power of Internet fundraising -- as evidenced by Obama's massive January haul that included $28 million from online donors.
But before anyone declares fundraising from wealthy patrons to be outmoded, they should spend Wednesday morning at the Dakota, the gabled Central Park West high-rise made famous as the scene of John Lennon's assassination in 1980.
Clinton will hold back-to-back fundraisers in the iconic building, the first of which will be hosted by a power quartet of the New York entertainment and philanthropic scenes. The hostesses are Jessica Seinfeld, wife of New York television comedy icon Jerry Seinfeld; "Saturday Night Live" producer Marci Klein, daughter of Calvin Klein; philanthropist Brooke Neidich; and the hostess, Jane Rosenthal. Rosenthal is a film producer with numerous hit movies under her belt, many of them involving business partner Robert De Niro (an Obama supporter). One of their joint projects was the film "Wag the Dog," the 1997 hit about a president who tries to distract the public from a sex scandal by hiring a Hollywood producer to stage a fake war in Albania.
The second event, 90 minutes later, will be hosted by New York power couple Ruth Porat and Anthony Paduano. Porat made her name as a top executive at Morgan Stanley, while Paduano is a lawyer. Paduano was supporting Mitt Romney, but he said he has recently maxed out to Clinton. Porat has also given $4,600 to Clinton's campaign.
the maximum allowed.
The Clinton campaign has not provided predictions for how much the tandem morning events will raise. But her fundraisers have predicted that these events, along with a steady diet of fundraisers -- and $15 million raised online so far -- should make February the campaign's most productive month.
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February 19, 2008; 6:40 PM ET
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