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Tyler Perry is known for his work in film-making and philanthropy, but now the actor/director has thrown his hat into the fundraising ring. Perry, who is a huge supporter of Barack Obama joined the president at three pricey fundraising events in Atlanta to raise money for the president’s 2012 re-election campaign. The events, sponsored by the African-American Leadership Council and Perry each sold out even at the $10,000 ticket for a private fundraising party.

Tickets for the gala celebration, which attracted 1,000 donors to Perry’s sprawling southwest Atlanta studio, were a hefty $500, though a smaller number sold at $250, according to the campaign.

“This is going to be a hotly contested race,” said Andra Gillespie, a political scientist at Emory University. “President Obama can’t take any votes or dollars for granted,” she added.

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