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Obama campaign throwing 'The Wire' fundraiser

In "The Wire,"Lester Freamon famously said, "You follow drugs, you get drug addicts and drug dealers. But you start to follow the money, and you don't know where the [bleep] it's gonna take you."

Well, it's apparently taking folks to Martha's Vineyard for a chichi Obama campaign fundraiser.

To raise some cheddar for Obama, National Journal reports via the Sunlight Foundation's Party Time blog that his campaign is throwing a little street party, Baltimore-style. Except that it's on the beach, in one of the country's most elite zip codes and at the private home of not junkies or cops or even dock workers -- but socialites.

The invitation promises some of "The Wire" cast will be there. It's unclear which ones. It would be pretty trippy if one of the attendees was Tommy Carcetti -- perhaps playing a congressman by now. (Wonder if his fundraising technique has improved from the episode where he was shut in the room, miserably cold-calling folks and asking for donations?)

Obama has said his favorite character from the show is Omar, the gun-toting, pajama-wearing, stick-up man.

The Aug. 15 affair will be at the home of Judy and Ron Davenport. Tickets are $500 a person.

jill.rosen@baltsun.com

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