Obama flies west to find gold
May 23rd, 2012
03:55 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama flies west to find gold

Colorado Springs, Colorado (CNN) – As part of the race to collect campaign cash, President Barack Obama is expected to raise nearly $3.5 million dollars during his visit to Colorado and California this week.

After delivering the commencement address at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Wednesday, the president traveled to Denver, Colorado, where he will attend a reception at the Hyatt Regency.

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Seven hundred people are expected to attend, paying up to $500 each, according to a campaign official.

It will be a much more upscale event when Obama heads to Atherton, California for a fundraising dinner at a private residence Wednesday evening. About 60 people paid $35,000 each to get up close with the president and take in a performance by David Crosby and Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills and Nash, the official said.

The president will wrap up the evening with a much larger event at the Fox Theatre in Redwood City, California where 1,100 supporters are expected to attend. Tickets started at $250 dollars each. Songwriter-musician Ben Harper is expected to perform.

Before flying to Iowa on Thursday to headline a campaign event and push clean energy, Obama will attend one more fundraiser in San Jose, California, where a campaign official said tickets cost $35,000 per person. Twenty people are expected to attend.

All of the money raised will go to the Obama Victory Fund, a joint effort between the re-election campaign, the Democratic National Committee and various state Democratic parties.

– CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • California • Colorado • President Obama
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    After delivering the commencement address at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Wednesday, the president traveled to Denver, Colorado, where he will attend a reception at the Hyatt Regency
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    And yet ANOTHER Obama campaign fundraising trip paid for by the taxpayers of this country. THIS is what we need legislation on. After a date certain, the campaigns need to pick up the cost of the flight if their is a fund raiser involved. This is pure theft and corruption by Obama, especially while this country is bleeding money.

    May 23, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    How come we don't ever hear about Republicans doing this sort of stuff? Is it because they don't do this sort of stuff as often as the Democrats can? I think so.

    May 23, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  3. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    Obama 2008-2012- A Bought and Paid for Hollywood DISASTER Movie being shown daily in a country near you.

    A poorly acted but superbly teleprompted Greek tragedy about an inexperienced community orgranizer that claimed he could run and save the most powerful country in the world by giving daily speeches and playing golf every weekend. In the end, it was the country, and the audience that got the shaft in this horror movie.

    Unfortunately you could not escape the first movie. In November, you get the chance to escape the sequel.

    May 23, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  4. Four and The Door

    Obama sure looks happy. He's doing the one thing he has been most successful at. Campaigning and raising money. See? Everyone is good at something. Once.

    May 23, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  5. Patrick Campbell

    The more you hate the president the more he succeeds. All you haters and racist, its time you give up.
    America will never go back to the way it was so get used to it.

    May 23, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Arizona is waiting open arm for you Mr. President and the "Skies are very BLUE".

    May 23, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  7. Don

    Wow! Are the Republicans evolving?

    May 23, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |