Oprah to host fundraiser for Booker
July 30th, 2013
08:41 PM ET
12 months ago

Oprah to host fundraiser for Booker

(CNN) – Oprah Winfrey is lending her star power to a rising star in the Democratic Party.

The influential TV personality and media titan will help host a fundraiser for Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who is running in a special election for a U.S. Senate seat.

Winfrey's fundraiser will be Thursday in Jersey City, with tickets ranging from $1,000 to $2,600. Booker's campaign confirmed the event to CNN.

Winfrey's involvement isn't too surprising. She has featured Booker on her show, and in 2011, she wrote a blurb about him for TIME Magazine's "100 Most Influential People."

"Cory Booker is a genius," she wrote. "I could sense it the first day I met him. His enormous intelligence is surpassed only by his heart. He is compassionate, committed, charismatic and generous of spirit. He defines servant leader."

She added that Booker is Newark's "biggest cheerleader" and she looked forward to "the day we all get to cheer him on wherever politically he chooses to go."

Since Booker launched his campaign in early June to fill the seat left vacant after Sen. Frank Lautenberg passed away, the Democrat has made a large fundraising haul. According to Federal Election Commission reports, Booker had raised $6.5 million as of June 30 and had $4.5 million in the bank.

Recent polls have consistently indicated Booker is the front-runner in the Democratic primary and in hypothetical matchups with Republicans. The primary takes place August 13, and the special election will be October 16.

– CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report.


Filed under: Cory Booker • New Jersey • Oprah Winfrey • Senate
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    Newark Mayor Cory Booker pulls peoples cars out of snow piles personally in winter ,

    Why can't San Diego have as mayor like Cory ?

    July 30, 2013 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  2. Name Uche Agonsi

    Why hasn't Wini herself become a Senator. She commands public respect with popularity in even Africa . Why has the Obama Administration not tapped her resourcesfulness.

    July 30, 2013 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  3. Northern Friend

    Oprah is racist! How many politicians has she fund raised for? Does she only campaign for black politicians? I have no problem with Cory Booker. He is as good a politician as there is. But, Oprah is a celebrity who pretends to reach out to all races and cultures. When is she going to raise funds for a non-black politician?

    July 31, 2013 12:31 am at 12:31 am |