May 21st, 2008
10:00 AM ET
6 years ago

Obama searching for cash in Florida

(CNN) - Barack Obama is on the hunt for cash. The likely Democratic presidential nominee is slated to hold three high-dollar fundraising events in Florida later Wednesday and Thursday.

CNN's Jessica Yellin has the details of the fundraisers after the jump.

1. Wednesday night - Maitland, Florida (Orlando).
7 p.m. host reception, 7:30 p.m. larger reception.
Hosts reception: raise $10,000
Friend: $2,300 per person (includes photo)
Guest: $1,000 per person (includes private reception)
Supporter: $250 per person

2. Thursday night - The Bath Club in Miami Beach
6:30 p.m. host reception, 7 p.m. general reception
Hosts reception: raise $46,000
Suggested $2300/person for general reception
Minimum ticket price is $1000/person.

3. Thursday Night - Westin Diplomat in Hollywood, Florida.
8:45 host Reception, 9:15 p.m. general reception
Host Reception: Raise $10,000


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soundoff (441 Responses)
  1. Deb from Upstate

    To Disgusted and Surprise(d) – I would rather take my chances with a battle scarred political veteran than a no-experience political newbie. NObama would be NO good for the USA.

    Ignorant I am not. We have a Congress that can keep the President in line if need be. We have "checks and balances" in place – remember that from grade school?

    Don't be so quick to point fingers at those of us who ARE looking at the big picture should our party pick the WRONG candidate.

    May 21, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  2. No McBush

    Ahem, voter from Michigan here real tired of people blaming everyone under the sun, particularly Barack Obama about the mess here in Michigan and Florida.

    Point one, Michigan didn't follow the DNC rules and a penalty was put into play by everyone, including Hillary.

    Point two, Barack never kept Michigan from having a redo. The plan was voted down for several reasons, Barack never had a chance to agree or disagree with it.

    Point three, Michigan has come up with a plan to seat the delegates and split them in favor of Hillary even though Barack wasn't on the ticket and couldn't be wrote in – Hillary’s camp has already disagreed with Michigan’s plan even before it is to be voted on at the rules committee.

    Get over it, as a Michigan voter, I have. I'm tired of all the new found outrage when the decision to take away our delegates happened last year. It was our short sighted leaders in Michigan that went ahead anyway moving our primary up.

    It's Michigan’s leaders at blame.

    May 21, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  3. Billary

    Floridians should protest instead of giving him money.

    May 21, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  4. Margaret

    The national perception is that Obama is impeding the right of Floridians and Michiganers to have their votes heard.

    He won't win Florida.
    Therefore, he won't win The White House.

    May 21, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  5. D.Kimbro OHIO

    Thank you Grant for doing your research. Please teach that skill to some of your fellow bloggers. This is insane!!!!! Stop the blame game and let's get by this and unite.

    May 21, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  6. We are a country of 50 not 48 states!

    I am sure he is not looking for votes in Florida since Obama does not feel like Florida matters in the Primary.

    If Obama is the nominee by some dumb reason, he will find out that Florida DOES matter and he will find out taht people have long memories.

    Florida and Michigan have been states for a long time. Obama will lose in November because of these two states voting for McCain.

    Clinton would win these states in November. She believes in the voters

    May 21, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  7. mmartin arkansaw

    if he needs money ,all he needs to do is ask.i always send him something,when he asks.he emails me, personally.

    May 21, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Let's not forget that the GOP penalized Fl and MI, too. The GOP cut the delegates in half in both states.

    The candidates did not change the dates, either. DNC rules required that they do not campaign in those states and remove their names from the Ballots.

    May 21, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  9. Frustrated Fem

    HILLARY NEVER CARED ABOUT MICHIGAN AND FLORIDA... SHE ONLY STARTED TO CARE WHEN SHE NOTICED THAT SHE DESPERATELY NEEDED DELEGATES TO KEEP HER IMPOSSIBLE AND PATHETIC RUN ALIVE.... ANYBODY WHO doesn't see that is just not being objective and deserves four more years of Bushisms!

    May 21, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  10. Conservative -CA

    I love all you alleged Hillary supporters reverting back to Jacksonian mentality.

    May 21, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  11. Festus, Montana

    Florida already screwed up Two elections. (hanging chads lol). They have had eight George Bush years to get their act together. It may be best to just let this state gain a little more education on how the
    electorial process works before we trust them to make any decisions
    regarding the country.

    Yes We Can.

    May 21, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  12. mbgoldie

    He's got some nerve asking for Florida money, when our flipping votes didn't even count! Plus, he's been the one doing everything in his power to not have our votes counted. I'll never vote for that man.

    May 21, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  13. Mr Fix it

    Dear Readers, DEMS and REPS,

    TO THE CONSERVATIVES AND REPUBLICANS.

    Whatever the case may be about the rally that drew 75000 people (just because there was a free concert as someone puts it here), the TRUTH remains people didn't shout Obama down during his address, neither did they leave? They cheared , chanted and listened to the man.

    What should be more relevant here in KY and WV is that these states are predominantly considered conservative states (hint republican states and mostly white). Now, what i find appaulling from the exit polls results is that residents of these states comfortably voted along racial lines irrespective of what the candidates message was. It is important to note that most blacks think of republicans as racist in the disguise of being conservatives. My point is if in a conservative state democrats are voting along racial lines that proves that point that alot of core conservatives and or republicans are racist. In these states also some dems have said blantly that they would not vote for a black man.

    This raises the question: Are most conservative whites, dems and republicans so racist that they would not care to vote for someone who would carry this country in the right direction if they were of another race than white but vote for a white president just because he or she is white? Is that truly what is happening in these two states? Is that why Bush was re-elected? ALOT IS YET TO BE DESIRED FROM THESE SO CALLED CORE CONSERVATIVE STATES.

    One can argue that 90% of blacks voted for Obama in SC and NC (fact) is that racist? The answer to this argument is simple. For decades the black people have mostly supported and voted democrats. White democrats. 90% and more. Now were these votes along racial lines?
    Absolutely not. MOST BLACKS HAVE FOR DECADES VOTED DEMS SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY FEEL DEMS APPEAR TO ATTEND TO THEIR NEEDS (a lesson REPs should learn).
    THIS TIME HOWEVER IT IS DIFFERENT. History is in the making where a BLACK candidate has the possibility of being elected to the presidency of this great nation. Would you blame the black people to help make that factial historical event? Not at all. NO one should forget that when Alan Keys (who is black) ran black people never voted for him. WHY- He is republican and republican to most blacks = racist. So he was viewed as Elitist and out of touch with the black people.

    So my dear REPS and White residents of KY AND WV, please step out of your confort zone and try to understand what is happening here. For those white KY AND WV white residents who voted for OBama thank you and please continue to spread the non- racist values of the democrats.

    TO DEMS and INDEPENDENTS I HAVE THIS FOR YOU:

    I am amazed about some responses here, especially from some Clinton supporter who are falling for the change of rules and calculations that Clinton is hushly attempting push down the rest of the dems throat to her favor.

    Here are the facts:

    1- The current democratic primary and caucus rules were set up/ made way before Obama even was in the senate.
    2- The same rules helped Bill Clinton win the party's nomination when he run.
    3. Hillary new of these rules, when her husband run for the party's nomination, she was aware of those rules during her 8 years in the white house while her husband was being naughty, and she new of these rules when she declared her self as a candidate.
    4- She was completely aware of the rules of engagement when Florida and Michigan decided to change their primaries date and she was completely aware and for the penalty these 2 states would face.
    NOT THAT I AGREE THAT THE VOTERS SHOULD BE PENALIZED BECAUSE SOME politician in the respective states wanted to play politics. BUT RULES ARE RULES.
    5- To now attempt to elusinate with what is the rules were this way or that way to portray your self as the stronger candidate is simply ignorant and demeaning to the electorate.
    6- When and if Obama wins the party's nomination I would like to see the newly soft republican wanna be democrate Hillary Clinton fight tooth and nail to change the rules for her hopes in 2012.

    LAST I WOULD LIKE TO CALL UP ON ALL DEMS AND MOSTLY THOSE SUPPORTING HILLARY TO LOOK BEYOND YOUR EMOTIONS AND DESSAPOITMENT TO WHAT THE FACTS ARE AND SEE FOR YOURSELVES WHETHER YOUR PREFERED CANDIDATE IS MAKING SENSE AT ALL?
    She talks about this nomination as a hiring process for a job. How would you feel if you were the employer after having hired someone for se 15 dollars an hour and 6 months later they claim they were supposed to get 17 dollars an hour? This analogy may not be the best to explain Clinton's attempt to bend the rules to her favor but it is equally not flattering to other dems to hear one of their own flip flop and criticise the rules of engagement she proudly signed up for.

    Obama O8 all Dems comming together for one cause and purpose.

    Now take a deep breath, a smoke break or coffee break and digest what you just read.

    May 21, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  14. Disgusted and Surprise

    To "Deb for Upstate"

    McCain IS the wrong candidate. Again I say, This is not a game.

    May 21, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  15. mjc

    oh i see, you want their money, but could care less about counting their votes.

    snake, scum, slime, john kerry number two = loser in november.

    May 21, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  16. Beth in PA

    First, I'll vote for Obama in November. He's better than McCain.

    Second, Obama's supporters seem so idealistic on this thread. There are rules and signed agreements, and then there's politics.

    The rules say that FL and MI can't count. The reality is that their votes are needed in November. To pacify these (understandably) angry voters, revote plans were suggested. Governors of other states offered to fundraise to cover the costs. Who said no to that? Who sent his team to Fl to lobby against the plan?

    I think Obama's supporters can sometimes be idealistic to the point of being naive. Clearly my favorite candidate, Hillary, plays some mean politics. But Obama has played his own games through his campaign surrogates; nowhere is it more apparent than in the FL/MI situation. The man isn't Jesus Christ. He's human just like the rest of us.

    May 21, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
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