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Celebrities raise $1.3m for Obama
Barack Obama
Obama has some of Hollywood's biggest names behind him
A host of Hollywood celebrities have donated $1.3m (664,000) to Democrat Barack Obama's presidential campaign at a lavish fund-raiser in Los Angeles.

Film producer Steven Spielberg, actor Eddie Murphy and singer Jackson Browne were among those at the event.

It comes a year before California holds its primaries in the run-up to the November 2008 presidential elections.

The entertainment industry has traditionally been a lucrative source of cash for the Democrats.

Tickets for the star-studded reception were sold for $2,300 - the maximum individual donation for a federal campaign.

The event, at a Beverly Hills hotel, was organised by Spielberg and his Dreamworks studio co-founders Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen.

Mr Obama - one of six Democratic party hopefuls - told the audience they had "enormous power" that comes with "enormous responsibility" because of their impact on American culture.

"Don't sell yourselves short," he said. "You are the storytellers of our age."

Later, a private dinner was organised at Geffen's home for those who raised at least $46,000 for the evening.

In the last presidential election in 2004, the entertainment industry gave $33.1m to federal candidates and parties, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

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