DENVER - How does Barack Obama lure wealthy donors to a big-money fundraiser in Hollywood?
Bring in Barbra Streisand as the headline performer.
The Oscar-winning singer and actress was to perform last night on Obama's behalf in Beverly Hills.
It was to be a two-step evening with a reception and dinner costing R231000 a person, followed by an event featuring Streisand at R20000 a ticket.
Streisand originally backed senator Hillary Rodham Clinton but switched to Obama when he emerged as Democratic presidential nominee.
Streisand has been outspoken in criticising John McCain's selection of Alaska governor Sarah Palin as his running mate on the Republican presidential ticket.
"This calculated, cynical ploy to pull away a small percentage of Hillary's women voters from Barack Obama will not work," Streisand wrote on her Web page. "We are not that stupid!
"I believe John McCain chose Palin because he truly believes that women who supported Hillary would vote for him because his vice president has two X chromosomes," she said.
Obama's campaign collected about R535,9million in August, a record for any presidential candidate over a month. McCain raised R381,6million, a personal best . - Sapa-AP