April 15th, 2010
12:04 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama main attraction at party fundraisers

 President Obama will attend fundraisers from coast to coast over the next few days.
President Obama will attend fundraisers from coast to coast over the next few days.

Washington (CNN) – As the primary calendar heats up, President Obama will attend fundraisers from coast to coast over the next few days.

The president, already in Florida Thursday afternoon for a speech at the Kennedy Space Center where he'll outline his plans for the future of America's space program, heads south to Miami later in the day to headline two Democratic party fundraisers.

The first event, at $30,400 per couple, is at the home of singer Gloria Estefan, according to a Democratic source. The second fundraiser will be held at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, with tickets ranging from $250 to $1,250. Jazz bassist Esperanza Spalding will be performing. The source tells CNN that both events combined could raise around $2.5 million for the Democratic National Committee.

The Democratic National Committee raised at least $13 million in March, a Democratic source tells CNN. Its counterpart, the Republican National Committee, reports raising $11.4 million last month.

Obama is the main attraction Monday at two joint fundraisers in Los Angeles for the DNC and fellow Democrat Barbara Boxer. The three-term senator faces what's expected to be a difficult re-election campaign this year.

Tickets range from $100-$2,500 for a reception at the California Science Center and around $17,000 for a dinner at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, according to the source.

In mid-May the president travels to New York to headline a fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, according to another Democratic source.

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soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Fair is Fair

    "President Obama will attend fundraisers from coast to coast over the next few days."

    As a conservative, that's music to my ears.

    April 15, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  2. Enough

    He may be an attraction but he sure doesn't help them. Go ahead and campaign for Boxer..........she is on her way out...........fianlly. We cannot afford this arrogant woman, she needs to go. Bye, bye Barbara "bouncer" Boxer.......a charter member of the political check bouncing committee.

    April 15, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Fire it up Mr. President, we love you. And while you're at keep the Republicans standing still, moving backwards, whinning and saying NO like babies in diapers.

    April 15, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  4. JIm,VIRGINIA

    They tried their best to get Jimmy Carter but O'bama was the best they could do !! ha!ha!

    April 15, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Sen. Boxer has nothing to be worried about. She fights for the middle class and therefore she'll be receiving a check from me. Any democrat that voted for healthcare can expect a donation from me.

    April 15, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  6. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    So the Teaparty expects to force the GOP to become Libertarians? Come on the GOP will never hold to this contract.

    April 15, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Our President is THE sought-after main attraction WHEREVER he is.
    He is charming, charismatic, intelligent and compassonate. He's also a grat family man, with good values, and an admired and respected leader of this great country of ours.

    Why are you stating the obivous, CNN?

    April 15, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  8. Buck Wheat

    Whatz about JOBS?

    April 15, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  9. Ron in California

    Obama is one of the GOP's best fundraisers.

    April 15, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  10. Sue

    I want to see Barbara Boxer lose her seat--as much as I want to see Harry Reid lose his seat---and Pelosi to lose her seat, when the Republicans take over the House.

    Have you all seen the videos of Boxer-–when she publicly insults one of our military heroes-- because he did not call her Senator??

    Have you all seen the videos of Boxer--when she publicly insults a black man--because he was saying/supporting something that was the opposite of the NAACP???

    April 15, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  11. Hammerer

    The economy is on the rebound? Jobless numbers higher, foreclosuers at al time high but the fat cats in banking and on wall street that our congress bailed out are racking up profits at all time highs.
    Where are the jobs?

    April 15, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  12. Irma in North Carolina

    At least this will be a more worthy event, then the ones Sarah host with all her racits buddys. And their wont be near the bashing that Sarah puts on at her events. This woman cant even read a speech right.. You would think that her dad being a teacher that she could at least read and put a sentence together right.

    April 15, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  13. SocialismBad

    The first event, at $30,400 per couple, is at the home of singer Gloria Estefan, according to a Democratic source. The second fundraiser will be held at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, with tickets ranging from $250 to $1,250. Jazz bassist Esperanza Spalding will be performing. The source tells CNN that both events combined could raise around $2.5 million for the Democratic National Committee.

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    So ODUMMIE rants and raves about all the money in politics and then throws these high dollar events for the rich and famous!

    You expect me to believe that $30,400 doesn't buy you a piece of a politician???!!!! Maybe they are just reserving a bedroom in the Whitehouse?

    April 15, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  14. Chris D.

    DEMS are ready for November........this will be an interesting battle at the polls.......
    Things are looking up for America, and the sad thing is that the GOP, has done nothing to help bring forth this recovery........

    To God be the Glory for helping America recover, and thanks to the DEMS for hanging tough and moving this country forward.

    Hi Haters!!!!!! :-)...... See you in November.

    April 15, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  15. Look at the facts, not the rhetoric.

    "Middle-income Americans are now paying federal taxes at or near historically low levels. How low? The average family of four right now is paying 4.6 percent of its income in federal income taxes - the second lowest percentage in 50 years."

    Look like we got a tax cut even through teabaggers are trying to peg you as a 'tax and spend' liberal.

    Thanks Mr. Obama for the most welcome tax cut.

    April 15, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  16. Michael from Ventura

    I'm amazed! Fair is Fair and I agree!! It's music to my ears as well that President Obama will attend fundraisers from coast to coast!! Can't wait to see him and Senator Boxer in LA!

    April 15, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  17. Mike

    $30,400.00 per couple. You have to be rich to attend that fund raiser. Why would the evil rich pay this much money to see nobamby knowing he is going to tax them out of existance? Answer, he is not. Do not fret, nobamby will take care of his rich friends and the middle class will pay more in taxes.

    April 15, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  18. geecee

    Thanks, Mr. President, for all the help you are giving to the Democratic candidates this year. They need you, you are an inspiration to us and we are proud of you. You are doing a fine job helping raise our Country out of the abyss left by the previous administration and we are back on our feet again. Thanks for your leadership. We Love You. Fired Up. Read to Go!!

    April 15, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  19. BCrunner

    Hmmm.... Boy!! they are in trouble... aren't they?? That's why they brought in more money than the RNC????

    April 15, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  20. Pepou

    President Obama is the best President in my lifetime.

    April 15, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  21. The Other Michael in Houston

    It is going to be sooooooooooooo comical to watch the faces of the
    Republican Jihadist Tea Establishment when they pick up maybe a seat or two in November. You losers still have not learned, we the American people voted fo rthis government and we the American people intended on this government that we voted for, mind you, overwhelmingly voted for, to stay in Washington and continue to do what we sent them to do. Just like in 2007 and 2008, you have been Jedi mind tricked again in believing that youactually have a chance but I will be the first the break the bad news to you in advance, you are going to lose and lose bad. President Obama, make your endorsements and please make a trip to Houston. We in Houston have defeated the Republican Jihadist Establishment by electing our first openly gay female mayor, we in Texas will rid this state of Mr. Secessionist Rick Perry in November and replace him with the Honorable Bill White. I happen to be one of of the few non republicans hwo actually like Senator Hutchinson but she will be next along with Coryn if they want to continue to cater to the Republican Jihadist movement. Conservative, yeah right, more like KKKonservative would be more appropiate. Say bye bye to the Republican Jihadist Establisment!

    April 15, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  22. The Unsub

    Mark my words....As long as the Dems. and the Prez. keep producing results...they will gain more support and win everything!

    April 15, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  23. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Fair is Fair:

    Boy your moniker cracks me up! Anyway, your post regarding Obama having to keep an eye out for Hilary in 2012 was quite enlightening. If you're focusing on Hillary running against Obama in 2012 things must be REALLY BLEAK for your Party,and you're admitting that the GOP has NO ONE to run against Obama in the next election.

    It must suck to live vicariously through the Democrats because your Party has turned into such a joke. Tsk tsk.

    April 15, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  24. NotFooledTX

    He's a great attraction – and he's been an effective leader – regardless of what the delusional tea tantrumers and sore loser republicans say.

    April 15, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  25. Jerry - Florida

    Go ahead Mr. President. You have been traveling (campaigning?) on our dime since you were sworn in anyway.

    Spend our money while you can. Come 2012, you will be traveling on your OWN dime. Heck, with a combined income of over $5 million in 2009, maybe you and "for the first time in my life I am proud of this country Michelle" can still afford it.

    However, your spend drift ways will be one less thing our country's taxpayers will need to worry about.

    Oh, and when you GO, don't forget to take Bobblehead Pelosi, Senile Reed and all those anti-American morons that you have appointed to your destructive administration.

    April 15, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
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