Jay Z and Beyoncé's Obama fundraiser brings in four million dollars.

The Knowles-Carter’s Fancy Obama Fundraiser Makes You Wish You Had $40,000 Lying Around

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Sept. 20 2012 5:07 PM

The Knowles-Carter’s Fancy Obama Fundraiser Makes You Wish You Had $40,000 Lying Around


President Obama held a summit with America’s first family of pop-culture Wednesday night as Jay-Z and Beyoncé raised $4 million for the president’s re-election cause with a $40,000-a-head soiree at Jay Z’s 40/40 club in Manhattan.

HOVA and POTUS exchanged fond words, with Obama jokingly pointing out that he and Jay “both have daughters.  And our wives are more popular than we are…so we’ve got a little bond there.”  Beyoncé told the 100 or so guests that the couple “believe in [the president’s] vision”, before presumably telling the crowd “if you like it then you should put a lavish tax-deductible donation on it.”


Presidential DJ Adam 12 (yes, apparently the president has a go-to DJ), aka Adam Bravin of darkwave duo She Wants Revenge, spun for the evening and commented “I know that Jay-Z and Beyoncé had gotten some flak recently for not supporting their community.  I think this just goes to show that they do support their community.”  Yes yes, Adam, but does the president prefer Chicago house or is he more of a UK Drum and Bass guy?

Chris Wade is a producer for Slate Video and occasional contributor to Brow Beat. Follow him on Twitter.

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