Valerie Jarrett and the ‘Good Wife’ raise for Obama

Valerie Jarrett, Julianna Margulies. ()
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Former White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett will join actor Julianna Margulies at a cocktail fund-raiser for President Obama's re-election campaign in New York City on July 31.

The event is being held at Jimmy, the bar on the roof of the James Hotel on Grand Street, and carries a price tag of $250 for the general reception, or $2,000 for a VIP reception.

The host committee includes a number of young professionals, including Brian Ellner, who helped lead the push to legalize same-sex marriage in the New York State legislature last year.

Margulies currently stars in "The Good Wife," the drama inspired by Eliot Spitzer's prostitution scandal, after a long run on the show "E.R."

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It's the latest in a series of celebrity actresses backing the president; last month he was hosted by Sarah Jessica Parker in the West Village, and Eva Longoria is active on his campaign.

The event comes at Obama struggles to keep pace with Mitt Romney's sudden surge in fund-raising. In June, the Romney campaign and the Republican National Committee raised nearly $73 million combined, while Obama and the DNC raised about $66 million. 

The Obama campaign is also spending considerably more than the Romney campaign, which must wait until after the Republican convention to start spending contributions that were earmarked for the general election. The burn rate has some Democrats worried that the Obama campaign might have to scale back operations down the stretch run.

Despite the spending spree, the two remain virtually tied in the polls.