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.


Filed under: California • Fundraising • President Obama
soundoff (83 Responses)
  1. Ian

    Unfortunately, Elmo will probably be deported back to the United States.

    October 8, 2012 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  2. Vanessa

    All the help he gets, will be well appreciated! Just last week a very famous mexican
    band (mana) endorsed our president! A concert in Vegas that Gathered 12,000 people! Yes, we the hispanic community are very proud to stand behind our president! Yes we can! Hispanics 4 Obama all the way! Si se puede!

    October 8, 2012 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  3. Terry

    60% of the voting public say that George Bush is the worst president of their life time. Vote for Romney will make Bush look good. Now that is a true nightmare.

    October 8, 2012 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  4. Nate

    The sweet smell of desperation........

    October 8, 2012 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  5. wcnea567

    Its too bad political campaigns were turned into competition for money. Thanks to U.S. Supreme Court and its right wing nuts.

    October 8, 2012 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  6. Lise Burley

    People are starving all around the world and here are poletitions paying 20,000.00 a plate for dinner shame on you.

    October 8, 2012 02:33 am at 2:33 am |
  7. AW

    Nice . . . .that's who I want as president . . . someone who spends his time watching football, hanging out with the View, playing golf, and courting Hollywood when the world is in crisis.

    October 8, 2012 02:39 am at 2:39 am |
  8. Al

    Go to the party and in 4 years you all have a chance to vote for your next president Hugo Chavez

    October 8, 2012 03:31 am at 3:31 am |
  9. DevilDogOz

    Yes, thanks Mr. President... about 70,000 of us here in Afghanistan, a national debt piling up faster than ants at a picnic and it's good to see how you're spending your time, and probably alot of my tax dollars...

    October 8, 2012 03:55 am at 3:55 am |
  10. krl

    I got full confidence that the president will get re elected mitt romney is a liar with multiples personalities.

    October 8, 2012 04:02 am at 4:02 am |
  11. Paul

    Okay, so let me get this straight. You lead this news brief with "Obama Campaigns with Katy Perry" and yet, when I click on the link to read the article all I can find si a miniscule mention of her along with a cast of others at a fund raiser. This is your big story? This is why you suck CNN. Half baked news at best.

    October 8, 2012 04:08 am at 4:08 am |
  12. 0rangeW3dge

    oh boy,,,somebody is gonna complain about that one....

    October 8, 2012 04:44 am at 4:44 am |
  13. Lizzie

    Why have this mocked election, we all know Pres.Obama will win, just like Chavez did.

    October 8, 2012 05:45 am at 5:45 am |
  14. Jerry

    I ask, what else is new?! This is about the only arena where the Performer Wannabe-in-Chief feels most comfortable. No hard ball questions, no pesky press, no middle class or poorer voters, where he can attack Mr. Romney behind his back.etc., etc., etc.

    Oh well... Again, what else is new?! After cooking the unemployment numbers, in order to justify them in November, HE may start paying attention to the ship of state.

    American voters, don't hold your breath, though...

    October 8, 2012 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
  15. FedUp

    If he worked more, and campaigned less, maybe he would have had time to prep for the debate.

    October 8, 2012 06:26 am at 6:26 am |
  16. obama is Out Of Touch with reality

    might as well throw out all her songs since she is an obamanite with no respect for America.

    October 8, 2012 06:31 am at 6:31 am |
  17. NameEric Cromwell

    Governor Mitt has changed positions so much you will have a hard time figuring out what he stands for . He and his wife are so obsessed with being president they will do anything to be elected. Barack needs the cash to expose Mitt's lies

    October 8, 2012 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  18. Name

    I am voying for obama because he is the better candidate. What he. Has done with the cards staked against him is outstanding. If you r middle clas or working poor you have no buisness voting for romney. This race is about racisim & that's garbage. You should vote based on facts not colr

    October 8, 2012 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  19. the420bucsfan

    You mean the Katy Perry, whose boyfriend murdered somebody last week?? haha sounds like the president is hanging with some classless people!

    October 8, 2012 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  20. tommysalami

    Who pays for his security when he's out fundraising?

    October 8, 2012 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
  21. scott

    Who's out of touch with the middle class? More Hollywood glitz, Obama would rather pal around with the entertainment industry, and rich people. Obama care nothing for middle class. Vote Romney a champion for the middle class.

    October 8, 2012 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  22. burkhm

    I think the President should be preparing for the next debate instead of attending fundraisers that 95% of Americans couldn't afford to attend.

    October 8, 2012 06:53 am at 6:53 am |
  23. Bruce

    Oh well. I guess I should vote for Obama since Jennifer Hudson, Stevie Wonder, Katy Perry, Jon Bon Jovi, and Earth Wind & Fire are so informed on the workings in the federal government and have all the solutions to mankind. Geez......

    October 8, 2012 06:54 am at 6:54 am |
  24. Free Man in the Republic of Texas

    President Obama swings west for campaign cash

    Ahhh... The 1%... "MY" good buddies !!!

    FORWARD
    "I" will fight for the middle class !!!

    October 8, 2012 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  25. Annabelle

    It's nice to see that the President doesn't discriminate based on ability to support his campaign.... you only need a minimum of $20,000 to have dinner with him. Last time I checked, the middle class wouldn't be able to attend these events. Way to focus on the people he says he cares so much about.

    October 8, 2012 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
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