President closes day with fundraisers
May 19th, 2011
05:34 PM ET
3 years ago

President closes day with fundraisers

Washington (CNN) - For the third time this week President Barack Obama ends his day by raising campaign cash.

After giving a major address on the Middle East earlier Thursday, the president is the main attraction at two evening fundraisers. Obama headlines the Women's Leadership Forum's 17th Annual National Issues Conference at the Grand Hyatt in the nation's capital, and then attends a dinner at a private residence.

A Democratic source with knowledge of the events says approximately 550 people will be at the Women's Leadership Forum, including former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, who is the new Democratic National Committee chair, and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York. The source adds that approximately 50 people will attend the dinner.

The Women's Leadership Forum (WLF) was founded in 1993 and aims to engage female leaders and activists in the Democratic Party.

Tickets for the events range from $250 to the legal maximum limit of $35,800 that an individual can contribute for both the primary and the general election. The money brought in from both fundraisers will go to the Obama Victory Fund, with the proceeds being shared by both the president's re-election campaign and the DNC.

Wednesday night the president was the main attraction at two fundraisers in Boston. Monday night he headlined two fundraisers at hotels just a few blocks from the White House.

The president announced on April 4 that he was setting up his re-election campaign. A week later he personally kicked off his fundraising drive by headlining three events in his hometown of Chicago. He was also the main attraction at fundraisers in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City, and last week, Austin, Texas.

Obama shattered all records by raising nearly $750 million in his bid for the White House in 2008.

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Rickster

    Will be interesting to see if Barry gets any support from this point forward from the Jewish community. Hard to believe they ever supported him in the first place but now that he has openly showed them that he hates them it will be astonishing if he gets a single Jewish vote.

    May 19, 2011 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  2. HAD ENOUGH? 9% unemployment, $4-5/gal gas, $1.7 TRILLION deficits, $14 TRILLION debt, Obamacare

    2012 can't come quick enough. I won't have to hear about any of those GOP clowns anymore. Obama/Biden 2012

    May 19, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  3. Jay Kay, Minneapolis

    I want to close my day with fundraisers : (

    May 19, 2011 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  4. Fed Up

    Wow! More fundraisers. I'm glad he's donating this money to cover his national debt.

    May 19, 2011 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  5. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Don't get it crooked, President Obama and the USA will always support Israel and you can take that to the Bank. When Isreal is threatened we are all threatened, history past and present will always support that fact. What's important that we know that and hope the Palestine don't buy it.

    May 19, 2011 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  6. w l jones

    Our president gave a good speach on the problem facing Mideast today, hope they take it to heart , both should look to " Mother EGYPT" where there basic soul began in nation buildling. I believe the whole world will rejoyce if the two side get together in brotherly love we here in the west owe our way of life to them.

    May 19, 2011 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  7. Name king

    Obama is smart, to show the Arabs America is willing to play fare. This will garner trust among the Arab world. And a shew in to beat out china to get their business. Israel knows America always have their backs, but they can't live their whole history in fare. They need to come to the table. With a mind set that they are willing to get a little and give a little to have final peace in the region. The Arabs are growing in numbers and economic wants. America is there to garnish that bounty, if we can look to be a friend, and that war against terrorist would benefits us too. We better make our move before china swipe this economic bounty from under our feet.

    May 19, 2011 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |