In cash blitz, Obama rakes it in for Democrats
November 27th, 2013
12:14 PM ET
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In cash blitz, Obama rakes it in for Democrats

(CNN) – President Barack Obama's approval rating may be struggling, but he's still bringing in money on the fundraising trail.

For the past month, the President has been crisscrossing the country raising cash for Democratic campaign groups. At 13 separate events in eight cities, he may have helped raise up to $21.6 million.

In his latest West Coast, three-day circuit that he capped off Tuesday night, Obama helped bring in up to $12.8 million, alone.

All calculations are based off estimated guest counts and ticket price ranges from various Democratic officials. The figures represent the maximum amount he could have possibly raised, so the total sum could be much less.

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At the beginning of the year, Obama pledged to attend 14 fundraising events for Congressional Democrats in 2013. Running his own campaign last year, the President didn't have much time to stump for his colleagues on Capitol Hill.

His fundraising swings benefit three groups: the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

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While he's been attending events all year, the past month marked perhaps his most robust blitz. Since October 25, Obama stopped for cash in New York, Massachusetts, Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania, Washington state, and California.

The President hobnobbed with several high profile figures, including NBA legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Samuel L. Jackson, and Obama bundler and film producer Harvey Weinstein.

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It's no secret some people will pay big money to wine and dine with the President. Tickets at the various events ranged from $2,500 to the maximum allowed amount of $32,400.

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One reason for the last month's frenetic pace has to do with a pause in fundraising during September and part of October, as Washington grappled with the crisis in Syria and the government shutdown. Obama, for example, was originally scheduled to attend at least one of the California fundraisers in September, but he had to postpone to make his case before Congress for military action in Syria.

Obama prods supporters to keep up health care fight

His administration has also been busy dealing with the botched launch of HealthCare.gov. The President acknowledged earlier this month that the rocky rollout of Obamacare may hurt Democrats in the voting booth next year.

"There is no doubt that our failure to rollout the ACA smoothly has put a burden on Democrats, whether they are running or not because they stood up and supported this effort through thick and thin," Obama said.

Nervous Dems get cash boost–and pep talk–from Obama

Speaking to donors in Seattle this week, Obama tried to drum to a more optimist beat, saying Americans have always been able to overcome obstacles.

"As long as there were those who stayed steady and clear-eyed and persistent, eventually we came up with an answer," he continued. "Eventually we were able to work through these challenges and come out better on the other end."

Democrats need to pick up 17 seats next November in the House in order to gain control of the chamber. The Senate is defending its 55-45 majority.

– CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


Filed under: DCCC • DNC • DSCC • Fundraising • President Obama
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Susan

    Too busy to go to Gettysburg for the 150th anniversary......fixing his website, don't you know.

    November 27, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  2. Woman In California

    You can't touch this.

    November 27, 2013 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  3. Data Driven

    Great - they take the money he raises for them, but their solidarity with him is shaky at best because of a bad news cycle.

    SUPPORT him and the law that bears his name, Democratic Congresscritters.

    November 27, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  4. Data Driven

    @Susan,

    "Too busy to go to Gettysburg for the 150th anniversary"

    Oh so what. He had to GO to Gettysburg? Seriously? May I suggest getting a grip?

    November 27, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Susan

    Too busy to go to Gettysburg for the 150th anniversary......fixing his website, don't you know.
    --------------------------------
    Pres. Obama was damned if he did, and damned if he didn't. His presence would have outshined the anniversary events.

    November 27, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  6. Gunderson

    P.T> Barnum say There's a Sucker Born Every Minute.

    November 27, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    Ever wonder why it is........that Hollywood gives so much to the dictator?????

    Maybe because they are buying a "hands off" approach to their movies and TV programs, that are teaching violence, and bad behaviors to our kids.

    November 27, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  8. Borderless

    The Democratic Party: Obama's one and only concern. More shameful are the ones who give him the money.

    November 27, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  9. Lynda/Minnesota

    But ... but ... but (and so on and so forth).

    November 27, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  10. A True Conservative

    At least he has his priorities straight! Four score and seven people have been able to enroll in Obamacare....if he could talk the Iranians into putting Sebilius in charge of their nuclear weapons program we would all be safer....

    November 27, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  11. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Bring home the money Mr. President. While you're at it, keeping going to these red states and pushing for Medicaid expansion. You've got the wind to your back now that this Iran deal is done. Don't let up. Keep pushing immigration reform and a minimum wage increase and there will be nothing republicans can do to stop us in 2014.

    November 27, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  12. CB FL

    What we need in congress is more women. They don't come with the baggage men have. They don't do drugs or cheat on their spouse. The lobbyist will have trouble bribing them.

    November 27, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Gunderson

    P.T> Barnum say There's a Sucker Born Every Minute.
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    Ever wonder what inspired him to say that? Guess who he was probably talking about? Barnum made most of his fortune with his traveling circus in the back woods parts of the country. Go ahead, guess.

    November 27, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  14. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Borderless
    The Democratic Party: Obama's one and only concern. More shameful are the ones who give him the money.
    ---------------------------------------------
    And the Koch Brothers & Sheldon Adelson are the greatest liberals ever. Give me a break!

    November 27, 2013 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  15. ChrisM

    And the Democrats will continue to rake in the cash because the Majority of Americans can see right thru the republicans obstruction and the reason for that obstruction.

    November 27, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  16. current state of the union

    The gettysburg situation was a typical of the gop, set it up so you complain either way, just pathetic, grow up and grow a pair already!

    November 27, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  17. current state of the union

    Don't understand some of the rwnj, they admittedly will complain about literally everything Obama does, and yet can't figure out why they have zero credibility, and call the dems sheep, priceless! How can you argue with logic such as that?

    November 27, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  18. ora pike

    ANOTHER LIE-–IRAN SAYS WHAT THE WH PUT OUT ABOUT THE AGREEMENT IS A LIE--THEY SAY THEY HAVE THE RIGHT TO CONTINUE TO ENRICH URANIUM. f26 times on tape obama lied to us about obamacare-who knows how many times he lied. He lied about Libya--he says every time something bad happens with his admin that "he was not told". IMPEACH THIS IMPOSTER. Clint was right when he used an empty chair to demonstrate what we americans are facing with obama.

    November 27, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  19. the hippies were right

    @Borderless, "The Democratic Party:Obama's one and only concern." Health care for democrats and republicans, no Iranian nukes raining down on democrats and republicans, no Syrian war for democrats and republicans, over 40 months of private sector job growth for democrats and republicans, credit card companies can no longer screw democrats and republicans, cleaner air for democrats and republicans, hundreds more, but I know I'm wasting my time on someone who would rather hate than admit they are clueless.

    November 27, 2013 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    A True Conservative

    At least he has his priorities straight! Four score and seven people have been able to enroll in Obamacare....if he could talk the Iranians into putting Sebilius in charge of their nuclear weapons program we would all be safer....
    ---------------------
    I know. Let's elect a right wing comedian for POTUS in 2016. But, who? Ah. Stepehn Colbert. Eh?

    November 27, 2013 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  21. Borderless

    At Dutch: They are the same thing. Just because I don't like Obama doesn't mean I am a Republican.

    November 27, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  22. rla

    Ok Americans are you so dumb these days you are actually contributing to this progressive bunch of propaganda experts and voting for them in 2014??? I can see the low information voters voting them in for the free stuff but the big money donord must be brain dead!

    November 27, 2013 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    ora pike

    ANOTHER LIE-–IRAN SAYS WHAT THE WH PUT OUT ABOUT THE AGREEMENT IS A LIE–THEY SAY THEY HAVE THE RIGHT TO CONTINUE TO ENRICH URANIUM. f26
    ----------------------------
    That's a lie, which has been doubled back on itself. It has been the right wing crying about how the treaty doesn't ban enrichment. The White House has ponted out tha tthe treaty doesn't say anything about enrichment, one way or the other, until the end of it. Towards the end, the treaty outlines what WILL BE included in the next agreement and destroying centrifuges will be in it.

    The treaty is a starting point, and the right wing is all upset that it isn't the end point. The treaty is a test bed, which also puts inspectors on the ground.

    November 27, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  24. Stuffit

    And he does it all using taxpayer money to fly around and lie io us. He is the most corrupt president in history and everyday he spens out of prison adds to his reputation.

    November 27, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  25. Tampa Tim

    Low information voters = GOP.

    November 27, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
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