Beyonce in New York last spring. (Evan Agostini/AP)

It’s the latest in a series of star-studded dinners the campaign is using to whip up enthusiasm among high rollers and small donors alike: what the New York Post describes as a a $40,000-a-ticket dinner at Jay-Z’s 40/40 Club in Manhattan on Sept. 18. Beyoncé’s message indicates the event will follow the pattern of the recent Sarah Jessica Parker and George Clooney-hosted fundraisers by raffling off a couple seats (plus travel and hotel costs) to donors who’ve contributed as little as $5.

Read earlier: Obama’s new celebrity fundraising trick: Pick your own star, 6/14/12

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