Obama to raise funds for McCaskill in Beverly Hills: report

Obama to raise funds for McCaskill in Beverly Hills: report
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Former President Obama is set to make an appearance at a fundraiser for Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillMSNBC's McCaskill: Trump used 'his fat thumbs' to try to intimidate Yovanovitch GOP senator rips into Pelosi at Trump rally: 'It must suck to be that dumb' Iranian attacks expose vulnerability of campaign email accounts MORE (D-Mo.) in Beverly Hills, Calif., in May, according to an invitation for the event.

Politico, which obtained a copy of the invite, reported Wednesday that Obama is listed as a special guest at the event. It's being hosted by Hollywood giants, including director Steven Spielberg, actress Katie McGrath and film executive Jeffrey Katzenberg.

The event is being paid for by McCaskill 2018 Victory, a fundraising committee supporting McCaskill's reelection bid, as well as the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) and the Missouri Democratic State Committee, Politico reported. 

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It would be Obama's first appearance on behalf of an individual candidate since he left office last year.

McCaskill became one of the first senators to endorse Obama's presidential bid in 2008, and became one of his most vocal supporters on the campaign trail.

McCaskill is facing a potentially difficult reelection bid this year, and is considered among the most vulnerable Democrats in the Senate.

Her Republican challenger, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, needled the senator in a tweet noting the fundraiser's location.

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“Former President Obama and Hillary Clinton are extremely unpopular in Trump country, and campaigning for red state Democrats will only remind folks that their Senator supported the Obama/Clinton liberal agenda over the wishes of their constituents,” National Republican Senatorial Committee spokeswoman Katie Martin said in a statement.

“Red state Democrats may welcome Obama’s campaign cash, but accepting his help will only ensure they are voted out in November,” she added.

--This report was updated at 11:16 a.m.