Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour is using her reputation as a demanding fashion editrix to raise money for President Barack Obama. On Sunday, Ms. Wintour sent an email with the subject line “I take deadlines seriously” reminding Obama supporters of the contest for donors to win a chance to attend Sarah Jessica Parker’s fundraiser for the president this month.
“There’s simply no excuse to let this slip,” Ms. Wintour wrote with her trademark dose of mild menace. “I don’t do this sort of thing often–get involved with politics, that is. But I’m doing everything I can to support President Obama this summer and fall because it’s important that we all do.”
Though Ms. Wintour says she doesn’t generally get involved in politics, federal campaign finance reports show she has made $96,450 in political donations since 2004. The beneficiaries of Ms. Wintour’s largesse include John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Hillary Clinton’s 2005 Senate campaign, the unsuccessful congressional bid of former Houston Mayor Bill White andLong Island Congressman Tim Bishop.
Since 2008, Ms. Wintour has given $71,200 to the DNC. In 2008, she gave President Obama $750 for his White House bid. This time around, Ms. Wintour gave President Obama $5,000.
Read Ms. Wintour’s fundraising email below.
“I take deadlines seriously.
I’m writing to remind you that you’re facing one tomorrow: your last chance to join President Obama, the First Lady, and me for dinner at Sarah Jessica Parker’s home in New York on June 14th.
There’s simply no excuse to let this slip:
I don’t do this sort of thing often — get involved with politics, that is.
But I’m doing everything I can to support President Obama this summer and fall because it’s important that we all do.
Nights in New York like this one are a happy side benefit.
I hope to see you there.