Harvey Weinstein Hired Obama Campaign Advisor To Help Get His Movie An Oscar

According to a report in Vulture, Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein hired former deputy communications director for President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign, Stephanie Cutter, to help increase the profile of David O. Russell’s film Silver Linings Playbook. Neither have commented on the report that Weinstein “retained the counsel” of Cutter in order to raise his film’s visibiltiy among the nation’s most powerful political leaders.

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“We’re a little over a week away from Oscars. Check out the making of Silver Linings Playbook. Love this movie,” Cutter wrote via her Twitter account on February 14. “Oscar week – who are you routing [sic] for?” She asked a week later, both times providing a link to the film’s trailer.

“We’re in Oscar season so I’m gonna talk about my favorite film this year,” Cutter said on a webcast extra feature for ABC News’ This Week on February 10. “That it’s so real and identifiable to everybody in life.”

Cutter did not disclose any conflict of interest during her appearance on This Week.

The film’s creators met with a number of ranking Democrats in Washington, including Vice President Joe Biden in his office, to discuss the challenges of mental-illness reform – a major theme of the movie.

“Harvey Weinstein sought the advice of a number of friends with experience in those areas, including former Senator Chris Dodd, Senators Chuck Schumer and Kristen Gillibrand, and Stephanie Cutter, who he knows from his work as a supporter of President Obama,” said a Weinstein spokesperson.

The Vulture concludes by noting how Weinstein has supported the president through his work:

Certainly, whatever Cutter’s role was for Silver Linings, Weinstein had more than a few chits to call in with Team Obama, having raised a whopping $2.3 million for the president’s reelection effort at a fund-raiser at his own Westport, Connecticut home last August, and perhaps just as crucially, having gotten the pro-Obama doc Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden an airdate just two days before the U.S. presidential election last November.

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