(CNN) - President Obama will head to Philadelphia for two events organized by the Democratic National Committee Thursday, the same day the first major and closely-watched fundraising quarter of the 2012 presidential campaign cycle draws to a close.
The president, joined by Reps Bob Brady and Chaka Fattah and Mayor Michael Nutter, will deliver remarks at a fundraising bash at The Bellevue Hyatt in the afternoon. Ticket prices started at $100 according to two Democratic officials.
The officials said he will then attend a fundraising dinner at the home of Rhonda and David L. Cohen, tickets for which started at $10,000. DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania will attend the evening event.
On a DNC conference call Thursday, former Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania said he thinks the events will raise $2.5 million to benefit the Obama Victory Fund, a joint account between the DNC and OVF.
The president's trip caps off a busy fundraising schedule over the last month as both the Obama campaign and the DNC hope to report monster numbers as the 2012 reelection effort officially gears up. Less than a week ago, Obama hit three back-to-back fundraisers in New York City, including a $35,800-a-plate dinner at an Upper East Side restaurant. He was also the main attraction at two fundraisers at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in the nation's capital 10 days ago.
Obama campaign officials have already signaled they are way ahead of their own record-breaking pace in the 2008 campaign, having amassed contributions from over 300,000 individuals so far – nearly a 100 percent increase from this same time four years ago. In all, the campaign has told donors they are expecting to raise at least $60 million combined with the DNC this quarter.
Meanwhile, Obama's trip to Pennsylvania Thursday marks the thirteenth time he has visited the crucial battleground state since his inauguration and is the third trip since kicking off his reelection bid on April 4.
– CNN's Adam Levy and Gabriella Schwarz contributed to this report.
Godd for him. President Obama is running for office just like Republican candidates. He does REAL WORK and is ON CALL 24/7. He does not have the luxury of doing nothing all day but tell lies and hold campaign fundraisers full time like Republicans do.
Republicans are already running a nasty, misleading, and even complete lies campaign against President Obama. I am sure as their desperation increases, it will get nastier and even more racist. They have no character, no morals, and no integrity. They are betraying America in their game playing with our economy and our jobs situation. They have done NOTHING, offered NO job solutions, and have just criticized everyone without offering alternate solutions.
President Obama needs to do campaigning just like any other candidate and to crticize him for it is hypocritical and absurd. At least he is DOING WORK at the same time he is readying for the Presidential campaign, He is a REAL leader.
why dont the president just hold fund raiser and pay off the debt..
Good for him. The Republicans need to raise more cash anyway to pay for their own primary elections. I would rather see the President attending open fund raisers than opting for the closed door and secret meetings with special interests that the Republicans seem to favor.
While his fundraising is no different from other presidents', he IS giving ammo to fox propaganda network and the right-wing nutjobs who comment on CNN's ticker by doing so during this critical time. And they will surely use it.
And this is the guy that complained that the congress needed to get to work!
I'll give 'til it hurts to make him a two-term president. I have watched the republicans very closely and do not feel a need to help take this country down the FASCIST road they are trying to put us on.
This man does nothing but campaign! He is having $10K a plate meals with Wall Street fat cats like David Cohen, so where is the liberal/democratic outrage? So much hypocrisy from this guy, he scolds Congress for not working hard enough, but all he does is play golf (twice last weekend) and go to fundraisers! Total waste of four years. I voted for the guy because I believed things might be different, but nothing but the same from this professional politician. As an independent voter, I am now swinging back to the Republicans, as the Democrats have truly squandered the opportunitites that we gave them over the past few years.
He is the worse president ever and i admit that I vote for him in 2008. Please, forgive me.
anything BEATS the fascism headed our way via the republicans.
President Obama is awesome.
David Gergen like this news now he will say Obama losing political points
He is the worse president ever and i admit that I vote for him in 2008. Please, forgive me.
You're forgiven. Go and sin no more.
Obama's biggest failure has been to pull the economy out of the ditch and back onto the same road that Bush-43 laid out for the future.
Imagine you and yours realize that have run up an overwhelming amount of family debt. You even have credit cards in your kids names that you have overrun. You try to cut spending but you still run in the negative. Do you go to your boss and ask for a raise? Do you go to your boss and ask for a pay cut? I think a Democrat would ask for a raise, while a Republican would ask for a pay cut. That is exactly what the current budget and debt debates are all about. Where to cut spending and whether to increase or decrease income revenue.
Is our economy recovering? NObama.
Has unemployment improved? NObama.
Is federal spending under control? NObama.
Are illegal immigrants being stopped? NObama.
Is America better off than we were two and half years ago? NObama.
Vote YES for Republicans in 2012.
I'm voting for 'that one" in 2012.
Obams's got to raise a lot of money, especially since the Greeding Old People party has lots of billonaires and big business on their side. He'g going to need all the money he can get. Four more years!!!
Didn't he just criticize the Repubs. for not working hard enough on the debt ceiling? What a great leader this dufus is.
This president will go down as the worst president in history. The administration is cooking the books on unemployment. It's much higher the 10 percent. I guarantee even if you live in the best neighborhood you can go 2 or 3 houses and on either side of you and find someone who is not employed. It's sad. We need to find a real leader. Not someone without any experience at all. The people who elected this guy made a huge mistake.
every day Americans contributing what they can to keep someone with integrity in office. not billionaires like the Koch Brothers, or the slime balls that rally behind Karl Rove with their millions to buy an elected official to offer them tax breaks and to support their "moral" agendas!
Bill from GA wrote:
While his fundraising is no different from other presidents, he IS giving ammo to fox propaganda network and the right-wing nutjobs who comment on CNN's ticker by doing so during this critical time. And they will surely use it.
OF COURSE! But, have noticed where all of the leading elected Republicans are this week? Just as the President said, they are out of the office. Taking no messages. Returning no calls. They are on vacation this week and next. They are attending fund raisers of their own. Anytime you see or hear a TV sound bite from one of them, take notice as to where they are and how they are dressed.
Yes, Mr. Hey-Joe-Can-You-Do-My-Job, .... Way to stand up there YESTERDAY and criticize others for taking time off while you tell Crazy Joe to lead budget and deficit talks. Now you go out campaign fund raising. What a complete joke this buffoon is.
I honestly think this dolt believes his only job is to stand in front of a teleprompter and take pot shots at everybody else. He has not one ounce of leadership ability in his scrawnly little body.
He is having $10K a plate meals with Wall Street fat cats like David Cohen, so where is the liberal/democratic outrage?
The lies are strong with this one. The plates are $100 dollars and the last time I checked Wall Street is not in Philadelphia. Even if he were at a $10k/plate dinner Democrats would rightfully be outraged because the RNC hosts dinners that cost orders of magnitude more. Recall how a few weeks back Romney had met with a couple of dozen or so people one evening and raised over $30M for PAC, just before he announced.
Ladies and Gentlemen, we have an incompetent, bumbling buffoon as our president. I have never in my lifetime witnessed someone who seriously screws up everything he touches the way that Obama does. NOTHING he has done has been a success(and don't say bin Laden because that had nothing to do with Obama's policies).
It appears Obama thinks he is a socilaist dicator now, pulling pages right out of Hugo Chavez's playbook by unilaterally declaring what he does not like, "unconstitutional" thereby bypassing our Supreme Court and hundreds of years of history and precident concerning the control of spending in this country.
This dangerous buffoon needs to be impeached if he persists in this insanity.
He just blasted congress for not showing leadership on the debt ceiling issue by citing that they take too many vacations and then he does this? This is true leadership! Golf and fundraisers are better than a week on week off. I wonder if he has yet to get the memo that the "private jet" tax breaks that he complained about yesterday were in his stimulus package? I am a Democrat and wish I could support the things that come out of this guys mouth, but I cannot. He just does not have a clue how to be a leader.