Sex, Lies and Videotape and $35,800

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Co-chairman of the Weinstein Company Harvey Weinstein.

Harvey Weinstein produced “Pulp Fiction.”

“Sex, lies and videotape” and “The Artist.”

Now the co-founder of Miramax is producing a $35,800-per-plate fundraising dinner for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.

The fundraiser tonight at Weinstein’s waterfront home in Westport, Connecticut — valued at about $15.5 million — will draw about 60 people, including co-hosts actresses Joanne Woodward and Anne Hathaway, producer Aaron Sorkin and American Vogue Editor Anna Wintour.

Weinstein has contributed more than $160,000 to party causes since 2007, including $92,000 to the Democratic National Committee from 2010 through 2012, according to the Center for Responsive Politics in Washington. Tonight’s fundraiser for Victory Obama enables donors to support the campaign and allied party committees with a maximum of $35,800.

Donors in the television, music and movie industries have given $3.2 million to Obama’s re-election effort, compared with $483,112 to Republican Mitt Romney, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks campaign finance.

The Weinstein brothers, Harvey and Bob, started out in 1979 — the company named for mom and dad in Queens, N.Y, Miriam and Max — and made their marks with “The Thin Blue Line” and “sex, lies and videotape” in 1989, and sold the company to Disney for $80 million. They stayed on, and made “The English Patient” in 1996 and “Good Will Huntin”g in 1997. They left Disney to form The Weinstein Company in 2005.

Then came “The Reader,” “Inglorious Basterds,” “The King’s Speech” and “The Artist.”

Bloomberg’s Jonathan Salant and Kathleen Hunter contributed.



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