President Obama swings west for campaign cash
October 7th, 2012
06:53 PM ET
2 years ago

President Obama swings west for campaign cash

Los Angeles (CNN) – President Obama is tapping his California ATM with a combination of star-studded concerts and intimate high-dollar dinners.

He's expected to raise nearly $9.5 million dollars for the Obama Victory Fund over two days.

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The West Coast swing kicked off with a star-studded concert at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, featuring performances by Jennifer Hudson, Stevie Wonder, Katy Perry, Jon Bon Jovi, and Earth Wind & Fire.

The president did not attend the concert but made remarks to nearly 6,000 supporters, with tickets starting at $250.

“My understanding is it was an incredible show. These guys - and everybody here are just incredible professionals. They're such great friends, and they just perform flawlessly night after night. I can't always say the same,” he said, presumably poking fun of his own performance at last week’s debate.

Obama continued to criticize his opponent, Mitt Romney for his $5 trillion in tax cuts and plan to reduce spending.

“Obviously, the Governor knows his $5 trillion isn’t too popular, so a few weeks before this election he’s trying to pretend it doesn’t exist, because that’s a lot easier than trying to explain how he’d pay for it without asking middle-class families to pick up the tab,” the president said. “When he was asked what he'd actually do to cut spending, he said he'd go after public television. For all you Mom's and kids out there, someone is finally cracking down on Big Bird. Elmo has made a run for border. Romney plans to let Wall Street run wild, but bringing hammer down on Sesame Street.”

Obama also met privately with a dozen so-called high-dollar donors, along with former President Bill Clinton, and attended a dinner with 150 guests at $20,000 per person.

On Monday, the president heads to San Francisco, where he'll attend three fundraisers:

– A $40,000-per-person event at the Intercontinental Hotel,

– A $20,000-per-ticket dinner at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium,

– And another concert featuring John Legend and Michael Franti that's expected to draw about 6,000 people, with tickets starting at $200.

In a separate event at a private residence on Monday in Los Angeles, President Clinton is expected to raise an additional $160,000.

Campaign officials say this big fundraising push will help them compete in key battleground states where polls still show a tight race.


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soundoff (83 Responses)
  1. pumanoir

    As an independent who voted GOP 4 years ago, I'm switching to the Democrats & the President. Cant stand the evil, hatred, and egocentric, as well ethnocentric negatives languages coming from the GOP. There is no diversity with them, I see more diversity with the DEMOCRATS. At least I know what I'm voting for, with Romney you don't know. I have seniors in my family, friends,, military and peoples down on their lucks who would be further affected by ROMNEY AGENDA WHICH WE STILL DONT KNOW.

    October 7, 2012 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  2. Sean

    And they got after the cost of Romney's $/ per person? Both hypocritical on this point.

    We need an entirely new set of congress men and women, new senators, along with a new president and cabinet.

    October 7, 2012 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  3. Jim McDonald

    obama has held 200+ fund raisers. At the same point in his political career, Reagan had held 3.

    BTW: Katy Perry has questionable taste in men...

    October 7, 2012 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  4. Adam

    It is sooo fitting that there are so few comments on this article!!

    October 7, 2012 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  5. "If you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen." --B. Obama

    Good. He can see first hand the record gas prices he created.

    Romney/Ryan-The only trusted way forward.

    October 7, 2012 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  6. patricia

    Now there's your caring person. Barack Obama seems and proves he really does care about the people..but he had so many people blocking his path,he did a really good job. So get out of his way and let him do hod job.

    October 7, 2012 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  7. Slovensko

    I find it disconcerting that all celebrities pretty much support liberals(Obama). Disconcerting as well how much they affect the political process with their $.

    October 7, 2012 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  8. MessiahNoMO

    As always, the Hollywood Celebrity in Chief – he was training on the job for President for 3 years and campaigning for 1 year to keep his job. All in, the 4 years is enough to get our country into financial ruins.

    Please Mr. President, step down so that some capable like Mitt Romney can turn our country around. He deserves a chance just like you did. You tried. It didn't work. Do the right thing and let the other more experienced guy have a go at it.

    Is keeping your job at the expense of millions of out of work citizens not keep you awake at night ?

    October 8, 2012 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  9. Tommy

    I really don't see why a sitting President is spending so much time and money on the campaign trail. If he has done such a good job, then he shouldn't need to. I'm also quite certain that you and I are paying the man to lead the nation NOT travel all over the U.S. on our dime begging for his job. Again, if he has done such a good job,... He shouldn't need to.

    October 8, 2012 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  10. freedom

    This is total hypocrisy. I thought Obama resented "the wealthy." I guess he sees their value only when they're helping his agenda. And all of this goes on while millions in America are unemployed under his watch. Election day cannot get here fast enough.

    October 8, 2012 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  11. nokat

    A $40,000-per-person event

    A $20,000-per-ticket dinner

    this is an example of how the dems waste money

    I thought Obama had a thing against the rich

    October 8, 2012 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  12. NWOBAMA

    Ron Paul's moneybomb still tops this Obamabomb and we didn't even have to sit through an annoying concert featuring Bon Jovi and Katy Perry. That's HollyWashingtonWood for ya. I guess a Mitt Romoneybomb is when he check the cracks in his sofa.

    October 8, 2012 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  13. Tommy

    Further, the fact that in the end these candidates will spend nearly 2 Billion dollars says that our electoral process has gotten out of hand.

    October 8, 2012 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  14. Richard

    That's it, keep pumping those 2%'rs. But attack them after the fact for all the evil money they make. Hypocritical to say the least. Also, didn't he, just prior to the 2008 campaign declare he would not under any circumstances use PAC or Super-PAC money, then proceeded to do just that?

    October 8, 2012 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  15. Canadian

    This president likes to schmooze with the celebrities and not the american citizens. I hope you americans elect romney, obama has been awful for canadian/american relations example: Turning down Keystone pipeline which would have helped tons of americans and canadians.

    October 8, 2012 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  16. ImWEBSPY

    I feel and think fair minded Americans, will re-elect Mr.Obama . The reason Americans I know have worked hard these past four years, they know it wasn't gonna be easy, hell after Bush the whole entire world knew it wouldn't be easy but none the less strides have been made. Obama screwed up the honeymoon period but he and we got more right then wrong.even though I thought I would vote for Romney just to get new money men in the white house. like in all things it takes two, that is why there should be a third party so no one can ever say again "lets destroy the country to get the president . The 2 party debate 2 stupid The2 party debate is thus, they both cater to the same MONEY.
    No your guy stupid.Uh un your guy stupid.Your guy a crook took that lobbyist money! So did yours! My guy promises to lower taxes! So does mine! My guy the best!Uh un my guy
    the best! Well both parties giving it to you, while taking it from you, and got you calling them the BEST! I'm discussed by both parties, that they play "its the economy stupid" when they never truly made it about the brave man and women that Died and injured for America. It is now known the war was an accident, bad Intel they said, buildings fell, a lied war, banks and wall-street were rewarded bonuses. In less then .5 of a decade they say its all about the money and do not even count or mention those men or women!

    October 8, 2012 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  17. Penny Wright

    George W. Bush inherited a strong economy, a budget surplus, and a nation at peace.

    Eight years later, he left Obama with a shattered economy, a trillion dollar deficit, and two useless wars.

    Obama saved the country from another Great Depression, rebuilt GM, reformed healthcare, reformed Wall Street, doubled the stock market, created 12 straight quarters of GDP growth, created 32 straight months of private sector job growth, got Bin Laden, got Gaddafi, and got us out of Iraq.

    And now with the automatic spending cuts and the expiration of the Bush tax cuts in 2012, Obama has solved the deficit problem as well.

    Obama has done a very good job.

    October 8, 2012 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  18. Spud

    Yea, Katy Perry, Bon Jovi, etc. Ya, these are real average Americans.

    October 8, 2012 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  19. calusa04

    I was disappointed by the low action on the President part. He allowed Romney to get away with bunch of lies and changing position just to win the election.Who is he kidding, may be some Americans are dumb enough to believe him but not me.

    October 8, 2012 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  20. Stew22

    Too bad with President Obama it's all about who you know instead of what you know. How is it that Katie Perry
    , George Clooney and Jon Bon Jovi make him more credible as a President? Are Americans really this gullible?

    October 8, 2012 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  21. Howard

    When Obama is not picking the pockets of his contributors ... he's picking the pockets of the American tax payers.

    October 8, 2012 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  22. Michael

    Certainly makes sense. Katie Perry's song lyrics have the same amount of substance as Obama's policies.

    October 8, 2012 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  23. nelson origa

    if you have no deep pockets, you are out in american politics. money buys presidency!

    October 8, 2012 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  24. smdahl

    Lyric sample Katy Perry song all the little girls are singing "Last Friday Night":

    We went streaking in the park
    Skinny dipping int he dark
    Then had a menage a trois
    Yeah I think we broke the law
    Always say we're gonna stop-op
    Oh whoa oh

    This message endorsed by Barack Obama for President 2012

    October 8, 2012 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  25. Name

    So here is the deception the middlle class and poor are the ones in a recession but there is ellection money being gotten by both canidates that could pay for many publlic projects of growth employment

    October 8, 2012 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
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