WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Barack Obama wears the fundraiser-in-chief hat Thursday, as he headlines an event for the Democratic Governors Association.
The fundraiser at the St. Regis hotel in Washington is expected to rake in around a half a million dollars, according to a source at the DGA.
The event will be Obama's first for the DGA since his inauguration. Because the president refuses contributions from political action committees and registered lobbyists, those donations will not be accepted for the event.
Thirty-nine states will hold contests for governor between now and November 2010. Democrats will be defending 21 of those seats, starting with elections in five weeks in New Jersey and Virginia. While the campaigns in both of those states concentrate on local issues and the candidates themselves, they're also partially viewed as an early referendum on the Obama presidency. Obama has traveled to both states to campaign personally with the candidates, New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine and Creigh Deeds, a state senator from Virginia.
The DGA raised a record-breaking $11.6 million in the first half of the year. But their GOP counterpart, the Republican Governors Association, outraised them by around $600,000 during that same time period.
Obama is the new Billy Mayes, he's always selling something.
How refreshing, a politician who refuses money from registered lobbyists and PACs. Thank you President Obama for leading by example.
Since Obama, the Democrates and some Republicans LIED about the Stimulus, taxes and JOBS, It will be a cold day in hates before they will ever see a cent from me and maybe the rest of the American people should think about not paying their taxes as most of Obama's administration does.
Keep 'em blue. Better dead than red.
Isn't it interesting that the very people Obama said would not be influencing his admistration are the ones he cozies up to; to the tune of $500,000 !! typical lib... say one thing, then when in office, do another...
If people have been paying attention (and believe me they have).
This is the computer age after all, and many are networking to get out the real truth about President Obama. Yes this is a 'vast right wing conspiracy', to take back the country, rebuild America with common-sense solutions. You only have to dust off any area that President Obama has touched.. to find a fingerprint of insane policies to propagate an ideaology not shared by free thinking Americans.
When stay-at-home-Moms and senior citizens show up at town halls, with copies of HR3200 in hand... yes you can be sure those hands will rise to the occasion in order to vote out anyone remotely connected to this administration (aka the Democrats). Sad for them, oh so glad for
I pulled up CNN.com to see what the latest was with Jon's Kate Plus Eight and I ran across this crap. What a load of nonsense.
The Democrats raise taxes too much. Here in Pennsylvania we are sick of Rendell and fed up with him always trying to raise taxes. He won't compromise on our state Budget and the only other thing that interests him besides raising taxes is bringing more casinos to pennsylvania. NO MORE DEMOCRATIC GOVERNORS PLEASE!!!
Obama should be head of the DNC.............NOT the country. All he does is campaign, campaign and campaign some more. There are important issues HE needs to deal with and instead he out campaigning and jetting off for the Olympics.
Appearing on Letterman, catching a plane with Oprah, playing golf, campaining (still).........does this guy have a day job involved with creating jobs, restoring the economy, talking to his Generals, dealing with Iran, protecting Israel from nukes?
That's great news... Steele will accuse him of being an atheistic, communist, facist, dictator
Go Obama. That why the Lobbyists hate you b/c they cannot control you. You are not the Corp Puppet Bush was. OBAMA-BIDEN 2012
I thought he was told to butt out? Oh wait, I'm not a liberal, so why should I care?
Yeah, but when you talk with President Obama about that amount he doesn't understand what it is until you convert to units he is comfortable with. It will raise $0.0005 billion for the Democratic Governors Association.
This money will be used to open the new ACORN offices in each state. After all, the liar in chief lost his biggest supporters and thugs.
IM really starting not to like this guy! Get off the campain trail and get to work Odumbo. If I played at work as much as this guy did I would be fired. What did we do and what were we thinking when we hired this guy. Not again, next time your out.
God Bless All
NJ, IL, NY, Mass...4 liberal states in the most debt in the country...that's Obama's dream!! So, liberals, this is what you support? Debt, joblessness and inefficiency?? All 4 of these states are full of corruption, debt and awful services. Wake up!
I am sure American people will vote all of them out including Barack Obama. Democrats are in power today and they are destroying/ bankrupting our country. No More democrats. Enough is enough.
Sounds like Repubs get upset when a real man steps into office. Get over it. It was PEOPLE that voted him in. Not corporations. I dont want Insurance Comanies running the country.
Obama, 2012. Arizona and Texas will both go blue.
I think Obama's calling was really as a fund raiser, not as a President. He's got that salesman way about him. It's just that when it comes to making the sale with Congress, foreign nations and the American people, he's in over his head.
Does he ever stop campaigning?
He's come a long way from bake sale coordinator.
It not so much the amount of the money raised, but rather where the money is coming from that influences our Elected Public servants. Our government is working for everyone but the people; they are in election mode 100% of the time, accepting money, gifts and favors from the lobbyists, PACs, Wall Street, Banks, global Corporations, auto industry and unions even foreign countries. The last thing on their mind is “We the People”. All of this money is coming from outside influences away from the voters in a state or congressional district, all looking to have favor of our Government. All of this bypasses the voter’s rights and the people’s ability to have real representation.
People should realize that in every "blue" state, the government pays out more than it takes in. That is the democratic base.
Meanwhile, the "red" states continue to subsidize the "blue", while the president continues to demonize individual initiatives and hard work.
We have become the Third World.