A fundraising first for Obama
June 17th, 2014
02:54 PM ET
4 months ago

A fundraising first for Obama

(CNN) - President Barack Obama is about to do something he's never done before.

The President will headline a roundtable event for the Senate Majority PAC Tuesday evening in New York City. It's the first time Obama has served as the main attraction at a fundraiser for the organization, which is the major outside group assisting Democratic Senate incumbents and candidates running in this year's midterm elections.

Super PAC's like Senate Majority PAC can raise unlimited funds. They began to spring up following the January 2010 "Citizens United" Supreme Court ruling that removed legal barriers preventing corporations and unions from spending unlimited sums on federal elections, which opened the flood gates to outside groups.

Republican groups were quick to take advantage of the high court ruling, and pro-GOP super PACs greatly outspent their Democratic rivals during the 2010 midterm elections. The President spoke out against such groups on the campaign trail during the 2010 midterms.

But during his 2012 re-election, Obama and his re-election team embraced the concept of a supportive outside group, and Priorities USA was formed. While the President did not directly raise money for the super PAC, he directed his top aides to help raise funds for the outside group.

After an earlier visit Tuesday to a workshop in Pittsburgh that aims to give entrepreneurs and inventors the tools needed to design and build their prototypes, Obama heads to New York City for the Senate Majority PAC event, which is being held at a midtown-Manhattan hotel.

Later in the evening, he heads about a dozen blocks downtown to Gotham Hall, where he'll be the main attraction at a Democratic National Committee Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) gala. The fundraiser comes one day after the White House announced that the President will sign an executive order preventing federal contractors from discriminating against employees because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

A Democratic Party official says Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, the DNC chair, will join Obama at the event. Approximately 550 supporters will attend the gala, with tickets ranging from $1,200 up to $32,400 per person, according to the official.

The President wraps up the evening an hour later at a much smaller top dollar gathering. Obama will dine with some 30 Democratic Party supporters at the New York City home of fashion icon and Vogue editor Ana Wintour, who's been a major backer of the President. According to the official, those attending the dinner will contribute up to $32,400 to the DNC.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

 

soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. just asking

    President Barack Obama is about to do something he's never done before.
    -–

    show up for work???!!! yahoo!!!!

    June 17, 2014 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  2. Tommy G

    Why is this news? It would only be news if Obama was NOT campaign fund raising.

    I'm sure he's still working very, very hard on Iraq and the invasion of our southern border. I'm sure he's working on another speech or tv appearance to discuss the possibility of talking with others to ponder the direction we may or may not take sometime in the near future if campaign fund raisers don't get in the way.

    June 17, 2014 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  3. salty dog

    This is where the rwnj cry like babies, yet have an enormous cash advantage, still can't win, refuse to change and blame the other guy for playing dirty, yawn.

    June 17, 2014 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Take Back the House

    The capture of a terrorist responsible for the Benghazi attack gets pushed to the back burner so we can have a discussion about the President fundraising? I used to be able to take you seriously CNN, but you might as well rebrand yourself "Fox Jr.( For the Really Low Information Voter)"

    June 17, 2014 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  5. salty dog

    Right Tommy: we should just go in bombs blasting, guns firing, before were even asked, the gop answer, attack any and all who don't do as we see fit, priceless you really don't have a clue do you?

    June 17, 2014 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "The capture of a terrorist responsible for the Benghazi attack gets pushed to the back burner so we can have a discussion about the President fundraising?"

    CNN won't report on it until the GOP/Teatrolls have their talking points lined up. As far as CNN and the MSM are concerned, the "story" isn't that we apparently caught one o the people behind the Benghazi attack...no no...the "story" will be all about what the GOP/Teatrolls are saying to downplay it, whitewash it, call it fake and generally turn it into a partisan clown show. CNN can't possibly stick a Ticker article up about it until they can exercise the bias of false equivalence and include quotes from GOPers/Teatrolls spewing filth about it so that the article is "fair and balanced."

    June 17, 2014 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  7. Tony D

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA – Take Back the House
    The capture of a terrorist responsible for the Benghazi attack
    --–

    What a total lie. Everybody already knows Obama and Hillary Clinton had the guy that made the video that caused the whole thing arrested and jailed years ago. And after all, it was a nontroversy that really doesn't matter, just ask Sniffin and Hillary Clinton.

    June 17, 2014 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "President Barack Obama is about to do something he's never done before.
    -–

    show up for work???!!! yahoo!!!!"
    ===

    Teatroll Rosetta Stone says: "Lazy, feckless n-bomb!!!"

    June 17, 2014 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  9. Silence DoGood

    @Dutch/Bad Newz, VA – Take Back the House
    The capture of a terrorist responsible for the Benghazi attack gets pushed to the back burner so we can have a discussion about the President fundraising? I used to be able to take you seriously CNN, but you might as well rebrand yourself "Fox Jr.( For the Really Low Information Voter)"
    ------------
    I think it must be good press to keep the tin foil hat conservatives floating their Cons.Theories.
    Plus they will wait to put up a tempting nontroversy headline like "Some doubt over terrorist capture???"

    June 17, 2014 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  10. salty dog

    Fox news watchers, the most uninformed group in the country, now that's not exactly news to some of us and to be dismissed out of hand by those who watch fox news, I heard it on the internet, so it must be true, funny stuff.

    June 17, 2014 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "The capture of a terrorist responsible for the Benghazi attack..."

    BTW, let me be the first to point out how very conflicted this is going to make the GOPers/Teatrolls:

    "OMG...IT'S JUST AN ATTEMPT TO DISTRACT FROM BENGHA....OH WAIT....."

    I'm gonna LMFAO if this guy they captured makes statements about the video having something to do with the attack. Oh man that would be hilarious....probably not likely...but boy would it be funny.

    June 17, 2014 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  12. Silence DoGood

    @Tony D
    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA – Take Back the House
    The capture of a terrorist responsible for the Benghazi attack
    ––

    What a total lie. Everybody already knows Obama and Hillary Clinton had the guy that made the video that caused the whole thing arrested and jailed years ago. And after all, it was a nontroversy that really doesn't matter, just ask Sniffin and Hillary Clinton.
    -----–
    You know that the president clarified this correctly within days,right, or doesn't the bunker have windows or internet?

    June 17, 2014 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  13. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Why no article on Ahmed Abu Khattala(Benghazi Attacker)?"

    Just one of those idiosyncrasies that has become CNN. No doubt they are confirming the story first. Unlike:

    1. IRS
    2. Benghazi (the fundraiser)
    3. Bergdahl
    4. Fill in the blank (there have been so many nontroversies w/out facts talking points I've lost track)

    CNN ... we report ... what FOX reports ... (give or take a couple of days to monitor which way the FOX wind blows).

    June 17, 2014 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "Plus they will wait to put up a tempting nontroversy headline like "Some doubt over terrorist capture???""

    McConnell is already hard at work demanding that the guy not be read his rights and has gone to the MSM with it, so you can expect to see that as a prominent part of the narrative when CNN first reports it on the Ticker.

    June 17, 2014 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  15. Chris-E...al

    A very smart deaf kid once showed me how to do the sign for a loser . Incredible .

    June 17, 2014 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  16. Name JK. SFL. THE GOP HOWDEE GOWDEE SHOW with special guest ISSA the CLOWN

    Maybe the GOP party of STUPID will show the people WHO the REAL LIERS ARE, IT IS THEM, the GOP !!!!!!!!

    June 17, 2014 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  17. CryBabies

    Sniffit......PROBABLY not likely????? Hooboy........time for a pause.

    June 17, 2014 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    just asking

    President Barack Obama is about to do something he's never done before.
    -–

    show up for work???!!! yahoo!!!!
    =====================================================
    Let this be a lesson to all of you. This is why almost every good comedian out there seems to be a liberal.

    June 17, 2014 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  19. Name JK. SFL. THE GOP HOWDEE GOWDEE SHOW with special guest ISSA the CLOWN

    GOP, keep predicting victory for yourselves in November , we have a big suprise for you in NOVEMBER for your SIX YEARS OF OBSTRUCTION !!!!!!

    June 17, 2014 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    Reid nailed it:

    ""It doesn't matter what your ideology is, you should feel good about this. There’s no conspiracy here, this is actual news. But the reaction of some of the Republicans, I’ve been told, is to downplay and insult the brave men and women of our special forces and the FBI. They’re trying to say, oh, it’s no big deal. I wonder if the men and women who captured the terrorist agree. But the Republicans said it's no big deal. Even in these days of polarization, created by the obstruction, the delay, and diversion of the Republicans, even in these days of polarization, their reaction is shocking and disgusting. They’re so obsessed with criticism, criticizing anything President Obama does. They’ll go so far as to sit here and insult the men and women in uniform and in law enforcement. They should stop and think, just for a little bit, about what it’s like to put your life on the line and to do something for our country - that’s what they did. They’re insulting these good men and women who did some courageous things, heroic things, in order to criticize President Obama. I think they’ve lost touch with reality; it’s really pathetic, there’s no other word for it."

    Choke on that, GOPers/Teatrolls. Or heck, just choke...please

    June 17, 2014 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  21. Silence DoGood

    @Sniffit
    "The capture of a terrorist responsible for the Benghazi attack..."

    BTW, let me be the first to point out how very conflicted this is going to make the GOPers/Teatrolls:

    "OMG...IT'S JUST AN ATTEMPT TO DISTRACT FROM BENGHA....OH WAIT....."

    I'm gonna LMFAO if this guy they captured makes statements about the video having something to do with the attack. Oh man that would be hilarious....probably not likely...but boy would it be funny.
    ---------–
    Radical right come back if THAT happens. "Oh yeah, we knew it was about a video. Why did Obama say within days it was not. What is he covering up???? Get the torches!"

    Oh no wait wait – they will say Obama took him to Area 51, drugged him and made him say that.

    June 17, 2014 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    "I'm gonna LMFAO if this guy they captured makes statements about the video having something to do with the attack. Oh man that would be hilarious....probably not likely...but boy would it be funny."
    ------------------–
    Even if the guy did start ranting about the video, the right wing media machine would simply call it a lie, denying all of it.

    June 17, 2014 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  23. Lynda/Minnesota

    I suspect we're going to find that BENGHAZI supporters had no true interest in Mr. Ben Ghazi beyond their finger pointing conspiracy tin hat theories.

    Mr. Ben Ghazi 2016 (w/o poll)

    Rah. Rah.

    June 17, 2014 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  24. Gunderson

    Well,
    If ya can't beat 'em, join 'em, no? No doubt "Dumbo-Crats" need all the help they can get. Too bad all the Lifeboats are already filled. Now, Obama out Campaigning? Real big News. What he selling? Oh, high unemployment, Food Stamps, Busted Mortgages, More Debt, Obummy Care, and the list goes on. Even Harry Truman is rolling over in his grave.

    June 17, 2014 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  25. bill

    Looks like the low wattage gang is having a breakdown.

    June 17, 2014 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
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