In New York, Obama raises more than $3 million for Democrats
May 13th, 2013
09:41 PM ET
1 year ago

In New York, Obama raises more than $3 million for Democrats

(CNN) - President Barack Obama told donors at a trio of fundraisers Monday evening that the U.S. can learn lessons from the resilience of Boston in the marathon bombing and the town of West, Texas, in the deadly explosion at a fertilizer plant. Altogether, the fundraisers netted more than $3 million for national Democratic groups.

He raised more than $2 million for the Democratic National Committee and at least $1 million for the main Democratic groups that campaign for House and Senate candidates. The fundraising totals are calculations based on the number of attendees and the lowest ticket price, which started at $16,200 for the DNC events and $7,500 for the other events, according to officials with the organizations. They said some tickets cost as much as $32,400 a person.

One of Obama's fundraisers was at the home of film mogul Harvey Weinstein, a well-known backer of the president. That event was attended by musician-actors Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, pool reporters in the room said.

He also brushed shoulders with actor Jay Pharoah, who plays him on "Saturday Night Live." It was not clear from Pharoah's tweets relaying that news when they met.

The second was at the home of Alexandra Stanton, co-chair of a pro-Israel group, and former political adviser Sam Natapoff.

Obama's final event was attended by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and the senior senator from New York, Chuck Schumer.

On his way out of that dinner, he told attendees they were "investing in people who share your values and your vision for the future. ...

"It's that spirit that we saw in West, Texas; it's the spirit we saw in Boston; it's the spirit that we see here in New York City, and as I was driving up and saw the new Freedom Tower rising, it reminded me of just what it is that we're fighting for."

– CNN's Gregory Wallace and Gabriella Schwarz contributed to this report


Filed under: DCCC • Democratic National Committee • DSCC • New York • President Obama
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Richard Long

    Doesn't know how to run a country, but he can sure campaign! Seems like the only thing he is good at.

    May 13, 2013 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  2. Catmandew

    That's right Obama we are fighting for our rights! Not your warped agenda, government nanny state. Wasting many tax dollars to be out campaigning yet again instead of doin your job! Havin speeches admiting you don't know how our government works or even the branches of our government! Amazing how you buffaloed our country!

    May 13, 2013 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  3. Wes

    Why would anyone pay money to listen to a pathological liar?

    May 14, 2013 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  4. Memo

    If the people of this nation, have this much money to contribute to politicians (regardless of party), there's nothing wrong with the economy or our economic engine. When people no longer give to these cretins, quit needless spending at bars and strip clubs, quit smoking and dedicating a portion of their pay to religious zealots, I'll believe the economy is in a tail spin. Till that time, shut up about how hard life is, and try to do the right thing for once in your miserable lives.

    May 14, 2013 02:33 am at 2:33 am |
  5. Odalice Feliz

    as a democrat, i am happy we are getting the American people more jobs and opportunities to better themselves, in a time of war.

    May 14, 2013 02:41 am at 2:41 am |
  6. Ollie

    How's that justice for Ambassador Stevens thingee coming along???

    May 14, 2013 03:13 am at 3:13 am |
  7. Rob

    Well at least Obama is good at one thing, Fund raising. And spying on Americans and the press and lying about Libya and everything else.

    May 14, 2013 04:14 am at 4:14 am |
  8. Get Real

    It's all about the $$$$ not what is right for the people they represent. Too bad people are too dumb to see that it does not matter what letter is next to their name, they only are concerned with raising $$$, re-election, and getting the majority.

    May 14, 2013 06:53 am at 6:53 am |