President main attraction at fundraisers
June 20th, 2011
01:26 PM ET
3 years ago

President main attraction at fundraisers

Washington (CNN) - With the end of the second quarter of fundraising closing in, it appears President Barack Obama's picking up the pace.

Monday night the president is the main attraction at two fundraisers for the Obama Victory fund which are both being held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in the nation's capital.

According to a Democratic source with knowledge of the fundraisers, the first event is a dinner with Americans in Support of a Strong US-Israel Relationship. The gathering comes just a few weeks after comments by the president in calling for Israel to consider restoring its pre-1967 borders as part of its discussions with the Palestinians as part of any peace settlement. The proposal received an icy response from both Israel and from Jewish-Americans.

The second fundraiser is a dinner with the Mid-Atlantic Finance Committee. Approximately 80 people are attending the first event, with around 100 at the second gathering. Besides the president, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, will also attend both dinners.

Tickets for the two dinners range from $10,000 to the legal maximum limit of $35,800. The money raised from the events will go to the Obama Victory Fund, with the proceeds being shared by both the president's re-election campaign and the DNC.

The president heads to New York City later this week, where he'll be the main attraction at two fundraisers. Obama 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. Since then he's also been the main attraction at fundraisers in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City, Austin, Texas, Washington, DC, and Miami.

Obama shattered all records by raising nearly $750 million in his bid for the White House in 2008. Democratic sources say the Obama re-election team hopes to raise $60 million by the end of the second quarter, which comes to a close at the end of the month.


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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. stevegee

    Are we better off than we were two and a half years ago? NObama.
    Vote Republican in 2012.

    June 20, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  2. Name king

    The president gonna have to pick up the pace if he's planning on competing with these repugs and their big corporate donors. I thought he have a big challenge to overcome with him being for the people and the repugs for the corporations.

    June 20, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  3. S. In California - Obama 2012

    Go Mr. President. Intelligent Americans are with you!

    June 20, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  4. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    first event is a dinner with Americans in Support of a Strong US-Israel Relationship.
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    Obama expects these people to support him after he's insulted their PM and thrown Israel under the bus???

    Tickets for the two dinners range from $10,000 to the legal maximum limit of $35,800.
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    Yeah... just your average every day Joe I see! I wonder how many of THESE people will get ambassador posts?

    Politics as usual.... No CHANGE going on here.

    June 20, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    The gathering comes just a few weeks after comments by the president in calling for Israel to consider restoring its pre-1967 borders as part of its discussions with the Palestinians as part of any peace settlement.
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    What is with you people? That is not what the president suggested and you know it. The president never used the word "restore" at all. That is the spin that Netanyahu put on his words. President Obama made the same suggested that every US president has since 1967, that any negotiations must begin with those border definitions as a starting point.

    Netanyahu conveyed the same concept to the US Congress to a standing ovation. By making the pre-established borders a framework for negotiations, it forces the Palestinian negotiators to come to the table recognizing the Israeli state. Israel's right to exist is something that many groups, like Hamas, have steadfastly refused to accept.

    June 20, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  6. Bob in PA

    I'll gladly donate to the Obama Retirement Fund !

    June 20, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    I hope he uses these opportunities to promote a clear message to voters.

    June 20, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  8. gt

    he better be the main man....

    June 20, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  9. Rick McDaniel

    Too bad he doesn't spend any time creating jobs.........all his campaign money may be for naught, when the working man says enough is enough.

    June 20, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  10. KingDavid

    It is a fact that most Political Offices are purchased buy the first and second amounts of money spent in a Madison Avenue Advertisement Political Blitz and then the voters have to wait and see if their campaign promises were real or just some "Chucking and Jiving, we will take that under advisement and have a committee look into it.” “I hear you-JOBS, JOBS, JOBS; stop the Lobbyists from buying candidates. We all saw the Movie "The34 Manchurian Candidate when China tried to get a Communist elected in the United States. GUESS WHAT? WE ELECTED AN ARAB CANIDIATE-OBAMA'S FATHER EMBRASSED THE WAKIBI MUSLIM BELIEF AND SHARI LAW. ARE WE IN AMERICA SO BLIND TO THIS RELIGIONS WOMANIZING? READ THIS TRUTH AND WEEP!
    “Al-Qaida”
    A Jihad Terrorist Bomber was brought back to life on a resuscitator and life support system to which he thanked the doctors immediately and said that he just got back from seeing his 72 virgins who all were dressed in Nun frocks and told him\ “None then (when he was alive),” None now (when he was supposed to be in his paradise and “None never for all eternity, because we are virgins, we will remain virgins!

    June 20, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |