Spielberg spokesman rubbishes advisory help to Obama’s manager by DreamWorks personnel

Spielberg spokesman rubbishes advisory help to Obama’s manager by DreamWorks personnelWashington, June 15 : A spokesman for Steven Spielberg has denied a report that the famous movie director instructed marketing personnel at his DreamWorks movie studio to meet with and give advice to President Barack Obama's campaign manager, Jim Messina.

Andy Spahn said Spielberg did not offer to set up such a session and no encounter with Dreamworks marketers ever occurred.

"The meeting never happened," Politico quoted Spahn, as saying.

Asked if there was any discussion or offer by Spielberg to have DreamWorks personnel give advice to Messina or the campaign, Spahn simply said, "No."

Spahn, a public relations professional who represents DreamWorks, Spielberg and other clients, did confirm that he and Spielberg had lunch with Messina shortly before the former Deputy White House Chief of Staff took the helm of the Obama re-elect effort last year.

However, he said there was no session with the studio's marketing types beyond the original lunch meeting he, Spielberg and Messina attended.

"We sat down, had lunch, and talked generally about the challenges ahead," Spahn said, quickly adding that the lunch more than a year ago is now being blown up into more than it was.

"There were some other folks in the room coming and going. That's the only meeting that occurred. We talked about marketing and lots of other things," he added.

A spokesman for the Obama campaign, Ben LaBolt, offered a similar account to Spahn's. LaBolt said Messina met with Spielberg and Spahn at DreamWorks, and talked with them about marketing, but there was no subsequent session directed by the movie mogul. (ANI)

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