May 27th, 2009
01:06 PM ET
9 years ago

Fundraiser-in-Chief continues Western swing

President Obama headlined a fundraiser for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Wednesday.

President Obama headlined a fundraiser for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Wednesday.

(CNN) - One day after President Obama was the headliner at a fundraiser at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, he heads tonight to Hollywood for two fundraisers for the Democratic Party.

The president will be the featured speaker at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. The events, which will also include performances by Jennifer Hudson and Earth Wind and Fire, are estimated to bring in around $3 million.

The campaign cash will come in handy, as the Democratic National Committee trails the Republican National Committee by about $15 million. The DNC raised around $4.4 million last month, about a million dollars less than the RNC.

UPDATE: Sen. Arlen Specter will join Obama at the Beverly Hills fundraiser, his fist appearance at a DNC event since switching sides earlier this month.

Last night, the president helped Reid rake in an estimated $1-2 million, according to the Senate Majority Leader's office. Reid is up for re-election next year, and Republicans think he's vulnerable. The most recent polling in Nevada suggests that only a minority of voters there think Reid deserves to be re-elected.

But the GOP has yet to come up with a competitive candidate to go up against Reid. The Senate Majority Leader hopes to keep it that way by raising a mountain of campaign cash for what's expected to be an expensive re-election campaign - a fundraising effort that got a major presidential assist last night in Las Vegas.

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soundoff (78 Responses)
  1. southerncousin

    Continuing the Marx-Lenin tour.

    May 27, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  2. Melissa

    Good for Obama. Part of doing his job. Whether the whiny Republicans like it or not.

    May 27, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  3. carlos

    oh man, those poor rush the bloated followers......they cannot think for themselves......really pathetic..sick and completely ignorant repugnant reptiles....hehehehehe

    May 27, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  4. Enough

    Interesting, Obama tells Corporate execs not to go to Vegas, but yet there he is pushing his agenda for this fool Reid. And to think people would vote again for this idiot.

    May 27, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  5. matt

    To "Once you Vote Black"...

    It's not up to my party to answer the questions. It is up to our absentee President. Where is your precious Messiah now? Let me turn on Entertainment Tonight and see if I can get his travel agenda.

    May 27, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  6. KC

    Not the time to be campaigning. He really needs to mature and become a leader. Step up Obama - playtime is over. Time to get to work.

    May 27, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  7. Kevin Denver Colorado

    TCM, you are a complete idiot, as only complete idiots believe in conspiracy theories. Like all untalented hacks, you under populate your imaginary universe. Not to say that people aren't meddlers, just that the holocaust denial / no moon shot / kennedy assassination level that you occupy is utterly ridiculous to anyone with any brains at all.

    Ben Franklin: a conspiracy can work between 3 people......... if 2 of them are dead.

    May 27, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  8. Jimmy the Greek

    North Korea tests a nuclear bomb and is test firing surface to air missiles....

    Iran has rejected the most recent offer of incentives and dialogue on ceasing their nuclear program...

    Hugo Chavez has been identified as providing nuclear material to our enemies....

    and Obama thinks the priority should be fundraising for Harry Reid?


    May 27, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  9. Once You Vote Black

    but yet my children will have to work two jobs... That sound more like an statement on your children's and grand children's upward mobility then on the POUTS. You should have them take up a trade. Kevin I should have said that to TCM sorry.

    May 27, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  10. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Whine complain moan...When GWB did fundraisers it was great for America but when Obama does it, it's the end of the world as we know it.

    May 27, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  11. I laugh at Limbaugh daily

    I see TCM the paid street teamer,that works for Limbaugh is here using a number of names of both genders trying to impress us with his high IQ.hahahaha

    May 27, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    @ Bob in PA, who said "Let's have your liberal elite friends start to pony up voluntarily"

    They do. Pay attention...there are myriad hollywood types who not only donate their money, but their time and sweat to worthy causes. The male half of Brangelina is a great example with all the work he is doing in New Orleans, which is not only helping get people into affordable housing, but also setting standards for "green" housing.

    That being said, you might want to find a different word than "elite," because we're well aware that it's just GOPer code for "is informed uses facts and evidence to prove me wrong when he argues."

    May 27, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  13. Once You Vote Black

    The Messiah in in CA having a good time. But that is because he can get more work done with half his brain tied behind his back (Oh no Rush is getting to me) then Bush could do in 8 years.

    May 27, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  14. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    @ TCM

    Where do you come up with your conspiracy theories? Someone's been puffing the magic dragon.

    May 27, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  15. Kevin Denver Colorado

    GOPer's It's ok to disagree with Obamas policies, but to call a Magna Cum Laude Harvard Law graduate an idiot...... is itself sheer idiocy.

    Go struggle through "Good Night Moon" with your intellectual equal George Bush.

    May 27, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  16. Juez

    President Obama is visiting the people in various states and getting his supporters to contribute to his good policies. That's the kind of listening and calm President we need especially since the last 8 years of Republican diasters.

    May 27, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  17. Ron from CG

    Shouldn't he be doing something about North Korea? We don't pay this guy $400K a year to be raising money for other guys we have to pay.

    May 27, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  18. matt

    Greg in SFO

    The difference is that when W was doing fundraisers, we were not in the middle of multiple international crises. North Korea is testing us and there is still no answer. The crickets are chirping in the Oval Office while Obama jets off to Hollywood to rub elbows with the elitists.

    May 27, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  19. carolflowery

    oh yeah, that is so much more important than north korea situation, isnt hollywood broke yet?

    May 27, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  20. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    B.O. berates the rest of us for going to Vegas to party but it is perfectly fine for him and all of his rich democrat friends and fundraisers to do just that. WHAT A BUNCH OF HYPOCRITES!!

    May 27, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  21. Once You Vote Black

    Part of Obama's job is defeating the GOP which is why he is in CA now and was in NV yesterday. But keep in mind that he was in Europe and Trukey when he stompped out the pirates in Somalia. Its called walking and chewing gum. Now if you don't like what he is doing perhaps you should go back to Europe.

    May 27, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  22. P from CA

    Glad the POTUS is here in CA. I'm sure he will do well fundraising. Democrats have a great chance here because the GOP and their ultra conservative views have really hurt our social, political and economic lives and the people are fed up. People tend to think CA loves their programs/services but doesn't want to pay for them. What we want is the GOP and business to quit being crooks and pay their fair share. We the people are aware that huge and devastating cuts are coming...we are just watching to see if the GOP cuts go to business this time or the people.

    May 27, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  23. Lynda/Minnesota


    Pray tell, what actions would you want the US to take? It is one thing to consistently criticize, but another to bring real solutions to the table. Now is your time.

    May 27, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  24. Jayden,FL

    TCM = Troll... head over to the Fixed Noise blogs your kind is welcomed there.

    May 27, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  25. Once You Vote Black

    Steve, Columbia SC I judge Bloggers by the state they decided to live in. And SC is the worst state in the union when it comes to race relations. If you guys ever decide to succeed from the Union again you have my support provided you take GA with you.

    May 27, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
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