Washington (CNN)– If you are looking for a good place to raise campaign contributions, New York City is pretty much the smartest and most lucrative choice. And that's where President Barack Obama's headed, as he headlines three fundraisers Wednesday night in New York City.
The first gathering is a dinner at the home of Jon Corzine, the former governor and senator from New Jersey. Democratic sources tell CNN this is the linchpin of the three fundraisers because of Corzine's ability to bring Wall Street back to the president, a constituency that has felt alienated by Obama's tough stance on financial regulatory reform.
Bold faced names expected to attend include Wall Street bigwigs Bradley Abelow of MF Global, William Lauder, and Ben Lambert as well as politicos Kerry Kennedy and Ned Lamont.
The second event is a dinner at the Waldorf Astoria hotel. A Democratic source with knowledge of the events says there will be approximately 400 people at the first two events.
After the two dinners, the president heads to the Town Hall, a theater hall in midtown Manhattan. Approximately 1,300 guests are expected to attend the third event, with The Roots, a hip hop/neo soul band, performing.
"The events are designed to include the broad range of the president's supporters with tickets starting at $44 and ranging to the legal maximum limit of $35,800," the source tells CNN.
All money raised is expected to go to the Obama Victory Fund, which is split between the president's re-election campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
New York County (better known as the borough of Manhattan) was the source of $200.9 million in federal contributions during the 2008 campaign cycle, the highest total for any county in the United States, according to Federal Election Commission data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics. Seventy-seven percent of the contributions went to Democratic candidates, party committees, and Democratic-leaning organizations, with 22 percent going to Republican candidates, party committees and GOP-leaning groups.
The New York City events bring to an end the president's first round of headlining fundraisers. Obama announced on April 4 that he was setting up his re-election campaign. Two weeks ago he personally kicked off his fundraising drive by headlining three events in his hometown of Chicago. Last week he was the main attraction at fundraisers in San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Obama shattered all records by raising nearly $750 million in his bid for the White House in 2008.
CNN's Robert Yoon and Ed Henry contributed to this report.
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