President to hit fundraising trail next month
April 25th, 2014
04:10 PM ET
4 months ago

President to hit fundraising trail next month

(CNN) - With the midterm elections just six months away, President Barack Obama heads out early next month on a West coast swing that includes multiple Democratic party fundraisers.

Party officials confirm to CNN that the President will headline a joint fundraiser for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in Los Angeles on May 7, and that Obama will also serve as the main attraction at a DCCC fundraiser in San Diego.

Separately, the President will headline two fundraising events for the Democratic National Committee in Los Angeles on May 8, and will also attend a DNC reception in the San Francisco Bay area.

Thanks to presidential approval ratings hovering near all-time lows, Obama may not be in high demand on the campaign trail this year. But while there are a number of congressional Democrats facing challenging re-elections who aren't screaming for Obama to stump with them, they do look to the President to bring in the bucks. Because when it comes to fundraising, Obama remains the party's top rainmaker.

The President was the main attraction at Democratic fundraisers in Houston earlier this month and in Miami last month. The DNC says Obama's headlined nearly 30 events for the party committee since the 2012 election. And he's committed this year to do at least six fundraisers each for the DSCC and DCCC.

Key races to watch in 2014

Democrats hold a 55-45 majority in the Senate (53 Democrats and two independents who caucus with the party), but are defending 21 of the 36 seats up in November, with half of those Democratic-held seats in red or purple states.

In the House of Representatives, Democrats need a net gain of 17 seats from the GOP to regain control of the chamber. Political handicappers consider that a tall order, considering the shrinking number of competitive congressional districts nationwide.

The smaller and older electorate that usually turns out during midterm contests traditionally favors Republicans over Democrats. And thanks to Obama's low poll numbers and the unpopularity of the president's federal health care law, many in the GOP are increasing optimistic about their chances come November.

But Democratic strategist and CNN contributor Paul Begala said Obama's doing just what a sitting president should to help his party in a midterm election year.

"Presidents in mid-term elections rarely deliver votes by old-fashioned stumping," said Begala. "Reagan couldn't, nor could Clinton or Bush. But what they can do are two things: raise issues and raise money. With his middle-class economic agenda, he is raising big issues: equal pay for women, raising the minimum wage, pre-K, etc. Now it looks like he's raising big money, too. That's all a party can ask of a President in a mid-term.


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soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    I hope he makes a commencement speech somewhere so that he charge the whole entire trip to the taxpayers.

    April 25, 2014 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  2. MTATL67

    Major donors that continue to be over looked are the individual donors. When you added up the $5, $10, $20 donations it equals up to millions of dollars. Like me millions of individual donors contribute to candidates across the country.
    Individuals donors are a Super PAC.

    April 25, 2014 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  3. Silence DoGood

    Cue the tin foil hats: OMG this is the first president ever to travel by air to promote anything.

    April 25, 2014 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  4. Gurgyl

    -–"any democrat is trillion times better than Republican garbage".

    April 25, 2014 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  5. Tampa Tim

    smith
    @Tampa Tim-No they did not aim their weapons at agents. If they had, they would have been arrested.
    ---
    His name is Eric Parker from Idaho, and he had his weapon trained on
    smith
    @Tampa Tim-No they did not aim their weapons at agents. If they had, they would have been arrested.

    April 25, 2014 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
    ---
    His name was Eric Parker from Idaho, and he was on the overpass with his gun trained on federal,agents. You are wrong.

    April 25, 2014 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  6. Thomas

    Governor Rick Perry will be speaking to Prisoners in Oklahoma next month about the benefits of doing time in Texas ?

    Tax brakes , Visitation and Healthcare will be just a few of the topics .

    April 25, 2014 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    Good grief. This entire article is nothing but GOPerville talking points ad nauseum.

    April 25, 2014 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  8. Tampa Tim

    smith
    @Tampa Tim-No they did not aim their weapons at agents. If they had, they would have been arrested.
    ---
    The one in the picture on the overpass is Eric Parker from Idaho, and yes, his gun was trained on federal agents. You are wrong.

    April 25, 2014 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  9. Silence DoGood

    Crank up the liberal money and the liberal voter turn out. We need to stand up to the Koch corporate nightmare and the the subsidiary Tea Party branch companies.

    April 25, 2014 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  10. Matt

    Really? Is this all Obama does, I haven't had much left in my pockets since he got elected. Obama spends enough of taxpayer money like his personal slush fund I am surprised people still give to a losing cause.

    April 25, 2014 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Silence DoGood

    Crank up the liberal money and the liberal voter turn out.
    -------------------------------------------------
    If the Democrats have a shot this November, seeing how they don't have THEIR playbook quite in order, it is having the President crank out the voter turnout.
    Whether anybody likes it or lumps it, the truth is that only THIS President can get voters to turn out in the numbers that the Democrats will need in November.
    They can spend all the money they want on all the ads they want, but if nobody is there to cast their vote they might as well have used those dollars for toilet paper.
    People are sick of the bickering between both Parties but they still will trun out for THIS President.
    If they're smart this is what they should do.

    April 25, 2014 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  12. tom l

    Republican Sens. Rand Paul and Dean Heller on Thursday both denounced as “offensive” and “racist” Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s recent comments about African-Americans.

    “His remarks on race are offensive and I wholeheartedly disagree with him,” Paul said in a statement, according to Business Insider.

    For the real record rather than some "facts" from Rudy pontificating about Rand Paul.

    April 25, 2014 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  13. Silence DoGood

    @Matt
    Really? Is this all Obama does, I haven't had much left in my pockets since he got elected. Obama spends enough of taxpayer money like his personal slush fund I am surprised people still give to a losing cause.
    -------
    " I haven't had much left in my pockets" (hyperbole alert) Then according to the neo-con right wing you're just lazy. If you worked harder and believed in the correct God, you would have all the money you need.

    April 25, 2014 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  14. Harold Read

    Doesn't know how to grow the economy...
    Implements job killing policies.
    Has no clue how to handle foreign affairs...

    And he is foolish enough to think he can get Congress to work with him when he raises money for their opponents.

    April 25, 2014 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  15. Scott

    Whether anybody likes it or lumps it, the truth is that only THIS President can get voters to turn out in the numbers that the Democrats will need in November.
    __________________________________
    What dream land do you live in? Democrats all over are running away from Obama and his failed Obama Care. Sorry to burst your bubble O drama Momma. But Republicans are going to maintain the house and take the Senate. Even some Democrats pollsters are agreeing with that point.

    April 25, 2014 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  16. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    @Matt
    Really? Is this all Obama does, I haven't had much left in my pockets since he got elected. Obama spends enough of taxpayer money like his personal slush fund I am surprised people still give to a losing cause.

    The President of the United States does not craft or vote on budgets. That is the job of Congress. If you have a problem with not having enough money, take it up with your representative. Of course, if he is a Republican, he will ignore you because you have no money. Get it?

    April 25, 2014 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  17. Thomas

    Texas family plagued with ailments gets $3M in 1st-of-its-kind fracking judgment

    Rick Perry / Ted Cruz 2016
    People First ?

    April 26, 2014 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  18. Finola

    Does this man ever stay home with his relatively young family? Always looking for an excuse to jet off on Air Force One. His family cannot be important to him. After all his fake family man spin during both elections. Voters, don't ever fall for lies from fake family loving men like Obama. Once the elections are over, the family is disposed of.

    April 26, 2014 02:28 am at 2:28 am |
  19. Gurgyl

    ---tax payers money is already flushed out in Bagdad drainage tubes with Iraq war, Halliburton contracts, Pakistan 30 billion dollars yearly for ten years, nothing left. Stop bickering–pour some ethics, morality in new born babies, and hope for the best, then pray God.

    April 26, 2014 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  20. Lizzie

    Do what you do best.

    April 26, 2014 10:32 am at 10:32 am |