May 21st, 2008
10:00 AM ET
12 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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  1. G.C.

    The rules for both Michigan and Florida were already in place and all the candidates agreed to “respect” those rules. Hillary, knows nothing about “Respect” as she is a product of a “Respect-less” marriage and believes everyone she is in contact with should adhere to Hillary’s “abusive mentally.” One she inherited in this disrespectful marriage arrangement. One would also arrive at the evidence of Hillary’s continued mental violations that render her to only projects volatile attitudes toward anyone that is more popular then she! We all are products of our environments, with the inclusion of “Charity beginning at home,” or the absence of any “Charitable understandings!” Toward that end, the math does not give all the votes to Hillary, regards of how she wants to dictate it to the world. The electoral map is as old as the old Politics we are trying to get rid of in Washington, D.C. (Change) This election contest is changing the way “We the People” are voting in America. Michigan and Florida will be counted and we will have a nominee in spite of Hillary’s math and mental state. If the math as it is right now where in Hillary’s favor, we would not be waiting on a nominee, which is just another embracement for America.

    A Democrat
    Philadelphia

    May 21, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  2. Bob, West Palm Beach

    I hope that Florida(a great state of diversity and tourism) proves that it is a little more swift in the education department than Kentucky. Some of these comments from Floridians scare me.

    May 21, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  3. Andy,Seattle

    Let get the FACTS straight:
    *it was NOT Barack Obama that changed the rules in FL or MI it was the local Democratic party that did NOT abide by the rules.
    *it is a shame that we in th US spend so much money on an election, while people struggle to make ends meet or cannot afford health care-but that is our system and unless we change it, money talks...
    *Barack Obama IS THE ONE that wants to change our current injustice.He needs all the help he can get in doing so.
    If you really get to KNOW him more and don't just listen to sound bites, he is going to be A President for all people.
    *McCain is 4 years more of messed up politics rewarding those who deserve it the least and not supporting those in need.
    Our image in the world has been devastated by the policies of the Bush administration, and anybody in their right mind COULD NOT SUPPORT "100 YEARS in IRAQ".
    It is normal that people are scared of "new" things, but lets all come together and make HISTORY. THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING!

    May 21, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  4. Karen

    Well, I see many of Obama's 400 paid bloggers are on here again, calling Clinton supporters all sorts of nasty names and questioning our intelligence.

    If, as you say, both nominees knew Florida wouldn't count, can you tell me why Obama was running ads in that state the week before the primary? Hmmmm?

    The problem is, we're just getting to know who Obama is–or isn't. Too bad the media didn't take the time to find out before the first primary.

    As for Clinton attacking poor little Barack, get real. If he can't take the few slings she's thrown, he needs to go home. In fact, if he so very much wants what is best for this country, why doesn't he quit and then we could all unite.

    I mean, you keep saying she's doing it for the power. What's his payoff? Power. You just don't like it when a woman has the same
    desire to lead.

    As for uniting the party, not going to happen. Does your Mother still remember all the stupid things you did as a child? Well, we'll remember too.

    May 21, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  5. Think About IT

    For all of those Dems and Independents who say they will not vote for Senator Obama if Senator Clinton does not get the nomination please remember that. Remember that 3 years from now when your family member is needlessly killed by a road side bomb in Iraq, remember that when you have to apply for food stamps for the first time because the poor economy has cost you your job, and be the way McCain has cut the entilement program. Three years from now the only way you will be able to live comfortably in a McCain administration is if you are pulling down 6 figures a year.

    Think about that

    May 21, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  6. Lyle

    After telling voters in Florida that they do not matter, their votes do not count and they should have no voice in the nomination process, Mr. Obama is now begging them for money. His lack of respect for the voters of Florida is shocking.

    May 21, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  7. Jeff

    NObama-

    Your comment about Obama being the only one who campaigned in Florida is completely false. In fact, HRC was the only one to hold organized fundraising events down here...

    Basic rule of thumb: If you don't know what your talking about, then shut up.

    May 21, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  8. Danny, Democrat from AZ

    Amazing man. Hides nothing.

    To all you grumpy, hard headed Democrats out there. It is not Obama's fault your vote does not count. It is your states' fault for choosing to hold their primaries early. In fact, I don't even think Obama was on the ballot in Michigan if not Florida as well. Both candidates agreed these states would not count – this includes Hillary whom you all believe is still ahead and has more momentum than Obama, when he cleary is leading her in every way.

    And to all you pathetic Democrats out there voting McCain if Hillary does not get nominated: are you even listening to your hypocritical statements?! You are willing to vote on failed policies that Bush has been following just because Obama will become the Democratic nominee. Hillary and McCain have nothing in common compared to Hillary and Obama. You are spiteful that Obama will be running in the general election. You are liars if you call yourself resonable and democratcs. And you are racist as that is the only reason you are not voting for Obama. As mentioned earlier, all those comments on the CNN articles are just plain pathetic.

    I am white for all that matters and race and sex do no matter to me in this election. I want change. I want a better country. I want Obama.

    May 21, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  9. Latina from Florida

    Obama shouln't even be allowed to enter the State of Florida. Go to San Francisco where you made your bitter comments. They will continued to support your campaing. For the first time in my adult life I will become and Independent and will vote for McCain in November if the Democratic Party allows him to be the nominee

    May 21, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  10. MD

    CNN: Please edit these blog entries. Lose and losing has one o.

    The DNC needs to grow backbone, and stand its ground. FL and MI knew the rules, and chose to break them. They have to suffer the consequences. It is only fair to the other states and territories who followed the rules.

    If they reverse their decision, they set a precedent that will allow states to do whatever they want in future primaries, in the hope of using this precedent to reverse the DNC rulings.

    May 21, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  11. Candice Hawley

    WAKE UP PEOPLE!! Even if I wasn’t a supporter of Obama I would still vote for Hillary if she won the nomination!! Hillary supporters don’t you see what you’re doing? You’re doing EXACTLY what the Republicans want you to do. They want you not to vote or vote for McCain. McCain is a CARBONCOPY of Bush. He wants to stay in the war until 2012, wants higher taxes for low income families, less then stellar healthcare for veterans and children, and wants to penalize people who have foreclosed homes and file for bankruptcy. People you have to realize who you’re supporting because if you choose not to vote you’re still supporting McCain. Please, from one DEMOCRAT to another, we have to come together and unify. We have to stand strong against a Bush like government. If you don’t wake up come November be ready to experience the same things you’re going through right now!! Blame no one but yourself because only you will be responsible for the outcome.

    May 21, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  12. jay

    Why are you putting the FL and MI issue on Senator Obama. He didn’t make the rules, he just followed them. You better believe if Senator Clinton was in the lead she would have done the same. You need to be talking to your Party Leaders in your states. They were the ones the put you in the predicament you are in.

    May 21, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  13. Karen

    Obama = I need your money and votes for November but I blocked a revote b/c you'd pick Hillary and not me.

    TRASH.

    May 21, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  14. jay

    Why are putting the FL and MI issue on Senator Obama. He didn’t make the rules, he just follow them. You better believe if Sen Clinton was in the lead she would care very little about FL and MI in this matter. You need to be talking to your Party Leaders in your states. They were the ones the put you in the predicament you are in.

    May 21, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  15. Audrey

    He doesn't want their votes to count but now he wants their money. Nice.

    May 21, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  16. hillbilly lover

    you know what's really funny is how people will take the first bit of information, most times it's incorrect, and they'll believe it as if it's the truth. That's just like a coworker of mine who goes to a church that believes that barack is the anti-christ. her pastor is actually teaching this. Good christians, i know right. anyway i say all that to say that people stop being gullible. research information for yourselves and stop leaning to everybody else's understanding for your own. it's not fair to you and it's not fair to the candidates.

    barack has played fair since day one, and sometimes hillary has too. but place the blame where it should be and that's with the state elections board. they both have the right to campaign for funds in fl and mi because in the general election these states votes will be counted. but don't get mad at him because he played by the rules that were set and she didn't and has gone as far as trying to change the rules to fit her situation. she thought she was for sure gonna be the nominee and waltz her way right into the white house again. sorry that didn't happen.

    you know you all getting upset about her not being able to get the rules bent in her favor are really showing your own character. she's a dishonest politician, like most are, but she an in-your-face-i-don't-care-if-you-know-i'm-lying politician.

    May 21, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  17. Julia

    They beat up on Obama-One part of America shows they really want change and new truth's. One part of America is still in the old way of thinking never African American ever. America will prove if Rev Wright is correct about racism. A lot of White Americans are saying no to voting for Obama , but Ms. Clinton complains about sexism-not true. I really use to like Ms. Clinton-not anymore. I felt sorry for her for what Former President did to her, but see does not play fair,she lies, she's desperate and I feel she does not really like African Americans.

    May 21, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  18. Blame Your State

    From what I read here, it appears that a lot of people in FL or mad at Barrack, and to a lesser extent are boosting up HRC like she is a voting rights savior. Don't kid yourself; if she were in the same situation as Barrack , she too would not want /care about Florida's votes.

    This entire situation is the fault of the Florida Democratic party, who ONCE AGAIN, dropped the ball and violated Democratic party rules.

    Letting FL and MI get away with what they did is like letting a spoiled kid get a reward for doing wrong; you are just going to encourage more states to do it in 2012.

    Believe me, I think it SUCKS that you'll votes does count. I actually love the state of FL, but please, please, please stop blaming Barrack, elevating HRC and start blaming your representatives.

    If anybody here who seriously considers themselves a Democrat would vote for McCain or just sit-out, then you are crazy!! Although HRC has turned me off, I would never vote for McCain or sit out if she won. 4000+ dead in Iraq, and you would support the continuation of that just because you dont like Barrack??? That is absurd!!

    May 21, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  19. T. Churchill

    Lets all hope that Florida proves to be smart seeing that they are a good
    vacation destination. However, they did manage to screw up two elections resulting in George Bush invading the white house. Let's
    hope that a good education is a staple in this state.

    May 21, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  20. Merlyne

    So if you live in SC, HOW DO YOU KNOW WHAT OBAMA NEEDS TO DO IN FLORIDA? HE DO NOT NEED TO KISS AND MAKE UP AND HE FOLOWED THE GUIDELINES OF THE CONSEQUENCES FROM BREAKING THE RULES. THE DELEGATES WILL BE SEATED BUT WITH A PENALTY BECAUSE THERE IS NO WAY TO LET THE NOMINEES THINK THEY CAN BREAK RULES AND ITS OK. ITS AS IF WE TELL OUR CHILDREN DONT DO SOMETHING BUT THEN ITS OK...NO WAY....
    I LIVE IN FLORIDA AND DID NOT GET TO VOTE BECAUSE WE WERE TOLD WE DID NOT HAVE TO.....SO GO FIGURE....

    ALL OBAMA AS TO DO IS COME VISIT AND CAMPAIGN SO PEOPLE GET TO KNOW HIM BETTER...THAT IS FOR SURE

    May 21, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  21. Daniel, Loganville Ga

    Obama '08

    May 21, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  22. rose, texas

    what happen to oparh i thought she was funding him or maybe that jamal on cnn with that grin on his face. all this states that they need to win in nov. r sending out a message loud and clear but people r 2 blind 2 see that,wake up before it's to late...hillary all the way.....08...write in hillary in nov.

    May 21, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  23. Mike Stephens

    Barack Obama knows two words, "change" and ":hope". Seems the only "change" he talks about anymore is the change in our pockets. Well, I for one ain't interested. What I am interested in is a competent President who will be able to handle our country which is at war, save our failing economy and get rid of our $9.4 trillion debt, and finally get us off the bottom of the international healthcare list.

    GO CLINTON

    May 21, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  24. Alabama4Obama

    CNN is pissing me off with this cash strapped message pinned on Obama. He is doing what McBush has already been doing...asking for money. Obama supporters have no problem giving him money. McBush better hope he raise only half as much to be competitive. Where can I send my check?

    Wake up clowns....the Obama train is leaving the station.

    May 21, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  25. Hillary HATERS

    TAKE A CHILL PILL.....HILLARY DO NOT CARE ABOUT YOU OR YOUR VOTES AT ALL...SHE WENT ALONG W/ NOT COUNTING YOUR VOTES.....SHE KNEW THE RULES ....NOW SHE'S BEGGING FOR YOUR VOTES BECAUSE SHE AT HER WIT'S END. THIS IS ONLY TO BENEFIT HER!!! SHE'S SLAPPING YOU IN THE FACE, PLACE ON YOUR SYMPATHY.....PLEASE DON'T BE SO IGNORANT OF HER DEVICES.

    May 21, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
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