Obama goes West to find campaign gold
October 24th, 2011
03:41 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama goes West to find campaign gold

Las Vegas (CNN) - President Barack Obama's West Coast swing is expected to yield big rewards for his 2012 re-election campaign, and attract some Hollywood heavy hitters.

A Democratic official estimates the campaign will haul in more than $4 million dollars from six fundraisers in three states.

At a fundraising event in Las Vegas Monday at the Bellagio Hotel, 300 people are expected to attend with tickets starting at $1000.

Later, the president will travel to Los Angeles for two star-studded events.

One is a dinner at the home of producer James Lassiter and his wife, Mai, with tickets going for $35,800, the legal limit an individual is allowed to contribute to a campaign per cycle and to a party committee per year.

The other is a $5,000-per-person event at the home of actress Melanie Griffith-Banderas that will include high profile Latinos in Hollywood. Actress Eva Longoria, Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and San Antonio mayor Julian Castro are expected to be in attendance, the official said.

On Tuesday in San Francisco, folk rock singer-songwriter Jack Johnson will headline another fundraiser at the W hotel.

Then that evening in Denver, the president will attend two final fundraisers at the Pepsi Center. All the money raised at the fundraisers will go to the Obama Victory Fund, which is the joint account of the Obama re-election campaign and the Democratic National Committee. And two of the three states the president is visiting on this swing, Nevada and Colorado, are swing states that Obama won in the 2008 election and that he hopes to keep in the Democratic column next year.

During his trip west, Obama will also unveil a plan to help struggling homeowners refinance and help college students with burdensome school loans.


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soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Martin

    When does this president work? It must be fun traveling around the country for free, on our tax dollars. This is by far the worst president we have ever had the misfortune of enduring in the United States of America. Anybody but Obama in 2012.

    October 24, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  2. R

    I know it's fundraising season and all for both sides, but seriously, how many common, middle class people can attend events like this? Not me, which seems odd, because both sides like to point out that they are fighting for people like me – the ones that work and pay taxes – to try and make my life better and better for my children. Well guess what, the only money either side will get from me will be what I pay in for taxes, no one dime more.

    October 24, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  3. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Obama goes West to find campaign gold
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    Fool's Gold that is... Only a fool would contribute money/gold to this buffoon for 4 more years of failure and financial disaster. Thank God the American people have seen the truth based on Obama's dismal poll numbers. Obama never was presidential material but when the media conspires to con the American people, you get an empty suit like Obama in the Whitehouse. All of the gold in the west will buy Obummer another term in the Whitehouse. He's clueless and out of his league. You simply cannot put a socialist in charge of the greatest capitalist economy on the planet and expect good things to happen.

    October 24, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    I hope that Ah-Nold is going to show up at one of the events. Maritial problems aide, Schwarzenegger is an old school Republican, who would not be given any more respect and credibility than Huntsman has been given. For the Ah-Nold to show up, would be a repudiation of the ne-conservatives tha repudiate him.

    October 24, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    THIRD article on today's Ticker from CNN, focusing almost exclusively on the campaign side of this trip without reporting at all on the stops he is making to push the jobs plan or even the substance of the jobs plan itself. CNN really REALLY wants you to think the POTUS is out there campaigning and not doing his job....while CNN reports heavily on the complete nonsense the GOP/Teatrolls are doing to try to sell you their candidates and their candidates' policies.

    A study last week or so showed that in terms of reporting on candidates with positive spin, Parry gets 32% positive reporting with Jaberwocky Barbie a close second and Obama is way down at the bottom with 9%. Don't tell us that the "liberal MSM" is trying to sell us Obama and get him re-elected when it's abundantly and blatantly clear that the MSM is universally desperate to prop up the GOP's/Teatrolls' imbecile lineup.

    October 24, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "Only a fool would contribute money/gold to this buffoon for 4 more years of failure and financial disaster. "

    Do you have anything substantive to add whatsoever or are they just paying you to post substanceless baseless talking point word salad insult rants at Obama on the theory that the more people see it, the more likely they are to believe it?

    October 24, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  7. Al

    He's going to visit with the people that he talks bad about, rich movie stars and celebrities. How ironic is it to back rich people when they can put money in your campaign for re-election and get out there to beg for the money on the tax payers dime. I'm sure that Obama is not using a dime of his campaign money for this trip, and the White House will justify it using the failure of the bill he wants Congress and the Senate to pass. I do hope the nightmare with Obama ends soon and that the damage can be turned around so that the country can start to grow again. Remember vote for Cain.

    October 24, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  8. Sequoia

    Whoop Whoop. Make that $$$ and kick those Republican butts. Team Obama all the way.

    October 24, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  9. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    Still waiting for CNN to do a similar story on all the secret money flowing to Rove and others. Until that happens, this is just more conservative manure from the so-called "liberal" CNN.

    October 24, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  10. Annie, Atlanta

    Is this why the rich don't want to pay taxes, so they can buy themselves some politicians with the extra cash on hand? We need to get money out of politics, or we won't have a voice, if we even still do.

    October 24, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "He's going to visit with the people that he talks bad about, rich movie stars and celebrities."

    Yeah, the ones who support his policies despite the fact that it might...gasp...make their own taxes go up. Not everyone believes greed is good and is what makes the world go 'round. There's absolutely nothing ironic or hypocritical about Obama meeting with them. And you can stuff the anti-Hollywood drivel right in Hollywood Reagan's casket with him.

    October 24, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  12. Woman In California

    Be afraid. Be very afraid republicans because FEAR is all you have to run on.

    October 24, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  13. patricia

    All the campaigners get money from those who can afford to go! When have you seen a poor man run for president?

    October 24, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  14. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    After his successes in foreign policy, it is good to see the president out of Washington, and talking to a grateful people, not the republican class warfare crowd who have tried to ruin our country. Republicans are soft on terror, ignorant of the economy they wrecked, and think that eliminating women's rights will create jobs.

    October 24, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    Mittens last week:

    “As to what to do for the housing industry specifically — and are there things that you can do to encourage housing? One is, don’t try and stop the foreclosure process,” said Romney. “Let it run its course and hit the bottom, allow investors to buy up homes, put renters in them, fix the homes up, and let it turn around and come back up.”

    Mittens this week:

    "“How bad does it have to get before this administration wakes up and seriously tackles this housing catasrophe? Without bold action, millions of more families will lose their homes and our economy will continue to stall. If this administration continues to stick its head in the sand and wait for the housing crisis to run its course, I am afraid the president could end up losing his current residence in 2012.”

    Dude can't even stay consistent on the very same issue for a week. Ridiculous. Wake the frig up America.

    October 24, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  16. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    "Only a fool would contribute money/gold to this buffoon for 4 more years of failure and financial disaster. "

    Do you have anything substantive to add whatsoever or are they just paying you to post substanceless baseless talking point word salad insult rants at Obama on the theory that the more people see it, the more likely they are to believe it?
    ============================================================================================
    9.1% unemployment, almost ZERO economic growth, record deficits, record debt, with no end in sight for ANY of these.

    Obama's track record speaks for itself, and it screams FAILURE.

    October 24, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  17. Steveo

    Sniffit

    "Only a fool would contribute money/gold to this buffoon for 4 more years of failure and financial disaster. "

    Do you have anything substantive to add whatsoever or are they just paying you to post substanceless baseless talking point word salad insult rants at Obama on the theory that the more people see it, the more likely they are to believe it?
    ---------
    I personally did not vote for him (did not vote for McCain either) BUT he is my President. I respect the office he holds and I respect him, although I don't always agree with his policies! Yet he has some ideas I like and some I don't but I feel that way about the GOP too! As long as the parties keep fighting, America will suffer! As long there is disrespect and name calling, we will not be able to effectively solve the problems of this country! The answer to our problems lie in the ideas of BOTH parties! Yeah, I know it is probably just pipe dream BUT it is my pipe dream! In short, are we more Dem and GOP than we are American? Just a question to cause us to think! Pipe dream indeed!

    October 24, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  18. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    I'm afraid of what will happen to Sniffin when Obama gets the heave ho in 2012.... Reality and dealing with it has NOT been his forte. Maybe you go live with the other losers down at OWS?

    October 24, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  19. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    For the last seven years, has Mittens worked any job? Mittens says corporations are people too. Romberg says he is proud of the money he has collected, so money must be people too.

    October 24, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  20. fred ca

    Untalented people giving money to an untalented president. Anything that would keep griffith too busy to 'act' is, of course welcome. And being liberals you can be sure that the gardening, landscaping, serving, etc., will boost illegal immigrant employment (can't have uppity people to bring reality to fantasyland).

    October 24, 2011 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  21. Maggie

    Waste of money donating to Obama. He has been a total disaster and will remain a disaster so why waste your money. He is still going begging the same "rich folks" he keeps harping about and wants their money. Hypocrite!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 24, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    "As long as the parties keep fighting, America will suffer! As long there is disrespect and name calling, we will not be able to effectively solve the problems of this country! The answer to our problems lie in the ideas of BOTH parties! "

    As long as we have people who blindly believe that the answer always lies somewhere in the middle and thrive on the idea that "both parties are the same" false eqivalency instead of looking at the facts, evidence, historical record, expert opinion, etc., and learning to address the problems facing this nation by recognizing the marked differences and distinctions between the parties and their policies and accepting that SOMETIMES THERE'S A RIGHT ANSWER AND IT'S NOT AUTOMATICALLY IN THE MIDDLE...as long as that's going on, we're stuck on stupid and there will be no progress whatsoever. "Both sides do it" and "they're all the same" is MSM shorthand for "please believe that this he-said-she-said controversy is legitimate and worthy of perpetuating for weeks and not easily solved by referring to an entry level science or history text book or consensus among professionals in the field."

    October 24, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    "9.1% unemployment, almost ZERO economic growth, record deficits, record debt, with no end in sight for ANY of these.

    Obama's track record speaks for itself, and it screams FAILURE."
    -

    That's not substance...that's citing statistics without any effort to understand where they come from or how to address them. It ignores where and when those jobs were lost and why, it ignores the obstructionism, it ignores expert studies that show the stimulus package actually was effective in staving off a full depression and preventing it from getting as bad as it could have, it ignores the fact that the deficits and debt are at least 2/3 the fault of the GOP as a result of their economic policies over teh past decade and the other 1/3 is largely a result of the skyrocketing unemployment Obama was handed in 2009 and the effect that had on gov't revenues (on top of the fact that the GOP eviscerate gov't revenues in 2001 and 2003 WITHOUT CUTTING SPENDING FIRST), it ignores the math that shows allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire, refusing to enact "doc fixes," ending the wars and enacting mild adjustments to domestic spending will rid us of any deficit by 2019...all without having to go into some sort of Austerity frenzy freakout that destroys the middle-class and SS and Medicare, etc. You didnt' give us substance...you just gave us the pudding skin without the pudding underneath.

    October 24, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  24. Bill

    He will raise that one billion and steam roll those ranting, devoid of ideas, carping Republican pukes. Face it GOPer's, despite all your claims of how unpopular the president is, you do not raise money like this without massive public support.

    October 24, 2011 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |