Top names from NBA to help Obama raise campaign cash
October 11th, 2011
12:26 PM ET
3 years ago

Top names from NBA to help Obama raise campaign cash

(CNN) - President Barack Obama heads to Florida Tuesday afternoon to help raise campaign cash for his 2012 bid for re-election. And he'll be helped by some top names from the world of professional basketball.

The president's first stop is a fundraiser at the Sheraton hotel in Orlando, where he will be the main attraction at a gathering of 450, according to a source with knowledge of the event. Tickets for the fundraiser range from $25 to $35,800, the legal limit an individual is allowed to contribute to a campaign per cycle and to a party committee per year. All the money raised at the fundraiser will go to the Obama Victory Fund, which is joint account of the Obama re-election campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

Later in the evening, Obama will headline a second fundraiser at a private residence in Lake Mary, Florida. The source tells CNN that approximately 300 guests will attend, including NBA all-star Grant Hill, hall-of-famer Patrick Ewing, and former all-star and current head coach Doc Rivers. Tickets for the second event start at $1,500 per person.

Hill was an early supporter of Obama's 2008 presidential campaign, even though his mother, Janet, went to college and shared a dorm suite with Hillary Clinton at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. Last year, Obama played a pick-up game of basketball with Hill at The White House on the president's 49th birthday.

The Obama campaign has until Saturday to report how much money it raised during the July through September third quarter of fundraising. The Obama Victory Fund brought in a record $86 million in the second quarter. The Obama re-election team is pointing toward a more modest haul of $55 million in the third quarter, due to a suspension of most fundraising efforts by the president and vice president during parts of July and August during negotiations over a debt deal and the budget, and the fact that fundraising traditionally suffers during the summer months.

–CNNPolitics.com Editor Bryan Monroe contributed to this report.

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  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The gray hairs and new lines on your face are from hard work, endurance, focus and empathy for your middle-class. Continue to fight with all you've got for us President Obama. You've got nothing to lose and all to gain.
    I proudly stand by and support THIS President.
    Obama 2012.

    October 11, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I hope the president gets enough campaign donations that the Kochs will have to come up with more than their mere $200 million they have promised to fund the party of the 1%.

    October 11, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  3. Dennis Pence

    Notice all the "rich guys" supporting Obama. ALL of the politicians in this country want power and money – they don't give a damn about the little guy – so you people that think they are on your side – wake up and see the light. If all the so called "rich corporations" pull out of America, we will all have to work for the government and take what they give us – I believe the call that "Socialism". Our freedoms are at stake here – better wake up unless you want to be a slave of the government.

    October 11, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  4. willard

    I said mocked out of presdient obama cause he have too much problems with his job for 3 year so I want vote for presdient roomey or mccain. 2012

    October 11, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  5. Bay

    The NBA is heading into a lockout. They better save their money because its not going to be HUGE forever and the chances that Obama makes it to a 2nd term are minimized daily through his incoherent message and poor record.

    October 11, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    It will be a good thing to have a sane politician inFlorida this afternoon. Like most Americans, I am tired of teavangelicals running for president.

    October 11, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  7. willard

    I'm looking obama about he is looking his gray hair and face cause he make neverous his health for 2012 presdient campaing cause he have problems with encommony

    October 11, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  8. Kathy

    Guess they figure if they campaign for him Barack Hussein Obama won't come after their money.

    October 11, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    This will drive some in the right wing crazy because most of them feel professional athletes are grossly over paid. They feel almost all of the revenue should go to the owner.

    October 11, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  10. Mitt Who ?

    The NBA probably is looking for a favor from Big O's labor department in their current dispute.

    October 11, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  11. RufusVonDufus

    willard

    I'm looking obama about he is looking his gray hair and face cause he make neverous his health for 2012 presdient campaing cause he have problems with encommony
    ..............................................................
    Yep, an Obama voter. How could I tell? Don't ask!

    October 11, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  12. T'sah from Virginia

    ►Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The gray hairs and new lines on your face are from hard work, endurance, focus and empathy for your middle-class.◄

    You are so right and it's all being overshadowed by the LOUD folks that are featured every minute. But like you, I fully support THIS president too!!

    Obama/Biden 2012

    October 11, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  13. diridi

    This president stands by Poor, needy, and homeless. Not like GREEDY GOP. GOP is for Rich, Corporate thugs. These India guys, especially Doctors are greedy, and doing medicare fraud, watch.. just vote for Direct Dem. Ticket, o.k, , if you have any Brain. I am 190% support this dude. Dude, Obama, Please Count on Me, I am going to send you some money, when I get my check.....Obama2012......

    October 11, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  14. U.S. Common Sense

    hahaha . . . one of his few remaining backers? Maybe it's because they are now unemployed (for two more weeks).

    October 11, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  15. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    By the time it's all said ad done the president would have raised more than a billion dollars to wage war against the conservafascists special interest.

    October 11, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  16. 100% ETH

    In his half Day campaign(looking 4 $$$), he will collect $2 Million

    Now I realized, the root of problems that widens the gap between reach and poor. Whomever contribute more Money, will be served well during the entire presidential time. Gotcha, my pocket is...

    October 11, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  17. PA_outofwork

    Those in th NBA will be out of work real soon, so you can see them supporting Obama, looking for a hand out, bail out to pay for their expensive homes, cars, girl friends, etc....

    October 11, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  18. sara

    @DennisPence....Your freedom is at risk of Communism. That's when a few have All the money which translates to Power to control you. I saw you repeating the talking points of Faux News...of course they will say the opposite of Communist, to distract you. What do you think the TERRORIST screams were about for 8 years. The 2 Wars? To Distract YOU. See, it wasn't hard to take out the problem...Bin Laden. The republicans Milked it to SCARE you while they robbed you and me. We were so distracted by the attacks, that we weren't focused on the Tax Cuts to the Wealthy that you and me are still paying for. Nor the 2 Wars or the Medicare Part D that We all are still paying for.

    October 11, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  19. Maggie

    Wasted money to be raised for a failure. Obama is such a disaster, I am sure that money could be put to better use. Obama is a one term preesident and the quicker they realize it the better. I bet they would not be supporting him if he was not a black person because if this was a white president with these failed policies they would not throw their support behind that person.

    October 11, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  20. ronjon

    When will the NBA realize – it is time to share the wealth? We the 99% can't afford to attend a game anymore. Who's with me here? Let's occupy the bucket and take our dumps outside the 3 point line.

    October 11, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  21. Drew

    That's right people who don't know how to collectively bargain helping someone who doesn't know how to collectively bargain.

    October 11, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  22. Facism = Liberalism

    Everyone shouts that liberalism is freedom when in reality it is Facist in its nature.

    October 11, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  23. vet in texas

    Grant Hill and Patrick Ewing could never do as much good for Obama as.........GLENN RICE has. Thanks Glenn for nailin' Palin and exposing the real reason Palin, Bachmann and their female followers are so adamant about Barry.......curiosity killed the cat (pun intended)

    October 11, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  24. vet in texas

    @Maggie

    Wasted money to be raised for a failure. Obama is such a disaster, I am sure that money could be put to better use. Obama is a one term preesident and the quicker they realize it the better. I bet they would not be supporting him if he was not a black person because if this was a white president with these failed policies they would not throw their support behind that person.
    ==============================
    Maggie imagine what kind of country we would have now if you were that clairvoyant during Bushs' reelection, the fact that you voted for him twice speaks volumes on your judgement of leaders. The irony of all of this is everything negative and foreseeing that you see in Obama, we saw 100% more in W and we were still confused when you reelected him, or even elected him in the first place.

    "although I didn't vote for him (Kennedy), he's still the President and I hope he does a good job" – John Wayne

    October 11, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  25. Noodle Nose Johnson

    "Everyone shouts that liberalism is freedom when in reality it is Facist in its nature."

    You sure seem to know a great deal about "Facism". What a genius!

    October 11, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
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