Obama Parker Wintour

(CNN) -- The Barack Obama campaign was armed with actress Sarah Jessica Parker in its first national ad of the 2012 general election campaign.

The 30-second commercial ran Sunday night during the MTV Movie Awards and featured a fundraising pitch from the "Sex and the City" star.

"The guy who ended the war in Iraq, the guy who says you should be able to marry anyone you want, the guy who created four million new jobs. That guy - President Obama - and his wife Michelle are coming to my house for dinner on June 14th," Parker said in the spot.

Parker went on to encourage supporters to enter a contest, for a price, to win a spot at the dinner table "because we need him and he needs us."

Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, a bundler for Obama, is co-hosting the event at Parker's home and starred in a campaign video last week.

"Sarah Jessica and I have our own reasons for supporting President Obama, and we want to hear yours, so please join us," Wintour, sporting an Obama 2012 scarf around her neck, said in the spot.

Actor George Clooney hosted a similar fundraising effort at his Los Angeles home last month, which raised millions, according to the campaign.

But on Monday, the Republican National Committee capitalized on the Wintour video as evidence the president's priorities are off.

"There couldn't be a better demonstration of this president's misplaced priorities than a glitzy fundraising video release on the same day that marked more unemployed Americans," RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement.

The national group released a web video on Monday that played the Wintour video alongside economic figures, including the unemployment rate among women, Hispanics, African Americans and young people.

"Obama's focused on keeping his job," text in the ad concluded. "But what about yours?"

The Obama campaign characterized the Republican criticism as "humorous," given that Romney hosted a fundraising dinner last week with real estate mogul and reality television star Donald Trump. Senior Campaign Strategist David Axelrod also pointed to Romney's support from musicians Kid Rock and Ted Nugent, who both support the former Massachusetts governor.

"I don't think they have a whole lot of standing on this issue," Axelrod said Monday on a conference call with reporters.


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