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Michelle Obama finds campaign money in Gwen Stefani's backyard banana stand

Singer Gwen Stefani and First Lady Michelle Obama.
Singer Gwen Stefani and First Lady Michelle Obama. Kevin Winter/Getty Images, Alex Wong/Getty Images

At the house No Doubt built, front femme Gwen Stefani hosted a family-friendly fundraiser on Sunday featuring Michelle Obama.

The first of the first lady's three finance-finding missions, Obama's two day tour of Los Angeles started in a gated Beverly Hills enclave off Mulholland Drive where she mingled with many pockets in 90+ degree heat for what was billed as a "Sunday of Fun." 

Tickets for the backyard playdate started at $2500 for a family of four, and approximately 400 guests were expected to attend with proceeds benefitting the Obama Victory Fund -- a joint fundraising committee of Obama for America, the Democratic National Committee and a number of state Democratic parties.

According to the Pool report, Obama spoke to a crowd of parents, temporarily tattooed children, and a hot dog balloon hat wearing staff member, remarking that, "Barack can’t do it alone.  He’s not Spider-Man.  He’s not a superhero. He’s a human. So, he needs your help."

Fashion forward, Obama wore a sleeveless navy dress, flat sandals with silver detail and several bracelets, noted the Pool, which was kept arms length away and forced to speculate whether or not the Mrs. was wearing a belt. Stefani wore hot pink on hot pink with black stilettos, as is customary for presidential backyard parties.

Spotted in attendance were Alyson Hannigan, Nicole Richie, Joel Madden, and Jeffrey Tambor, the actor currently Bluthing it up on set for the frothingly anticipated Arrested Development, Season 4 (who hopefully told Obama where there's always money).

Fundraiser two was held at Warner Bros. CEO Barry Meyer's house where tickets ranged from $2,500 to $25,000. One wardrobe change later Obama spoke to the crowd of about 100 saying, "I am deeply honored and moved to be here. I always am. Coming to Los Angeles is always a refreshing experience because the love and support and the sophistication around the issues and the passion always gives both me and Barack an important boost."

On Monday, a luncheon fundraiser is planned in Ladera Heights before the first lady caps her SoCal caper with a taped NBC appearance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. She is expected to discuss the 2012 Summer Olympics, and life at the White House. 

With contributions by KPCC Wire Services

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