Joining fundraising spree, first lady asks for 'biggest, fattest' checks
July 24th, 2014
10:48 PM ET
2 months ago

Joining fundraising spree, first lady asks for 'biggest, fattest' checks

(CNN) — First lady Michelle Obama jumped into the White House fundraising spree on Thursday, prodding supporters in Chicago to hand over the maximum campaign contribution in an attempt to shore up Democrats' chances in upcoming midterm elections.

Her entreaty came as her husband, President Barack Obama, capped a three-day fundraising swing on the West Coast, bringing in millions of dollars for the committees charged with electing Democrats to office.

"We need you to write the biggest, fattest check that you can possibly write," Mrs. Obama told a crowd of donors in Chicago, her hometown. "Writing those checks is the single-most impactful thing that you can do right now."

The president and first lady, along with Vice President Joe Biden, have stepped up their fundraising schedule in recent weeks as November's congressional contests approach. Democrats' chances of taking control of the House appear slim, and Republicans badly want to pick up the six Senate seats they'll need to take over that chamber.

While Obama's approval ratings hover at record lows — leaving many incumbent Democrats wary of campaigning alongside him — the President remains a draw at high-dollar fundraisers, which he's attended in New York, Texas, Colorado, Washington state and California just in the past month.

His journey west this week included two stops in Seattle, two in San Francisco, and two in Los Angeles, including a star-studded afternoon event at the home of "Scandal" and "Grey's Anatomy" creator Shonda Rhimes.

Aside from the official Democratic committees, Obama has also appeared at several events for two Democratic super PACs, despite his past opposition to outside groups with unlimited fundraising potential. Because the groups are barred by law from aligning with official party committees or candidates, the events don't have official price tags and organizers say they aren't really fundraisers.

While Obama doesn't specifically ask for funds during them, attendees at super PAC events are generally understood to be high-dollar donors who write big checks before leaving. There is no limit to the size of contributions to super PACs. Neither the White House nor the organizations themselves have provided the names of attendees at the four events Obama has attended for the groups.

In her fundraising pitch Thursday, Michelle Obama acknowledged "there's too much money in politics," but said Democrats couldn't afford to fall behind Republicans in that key area.

"We can't just stake out the moral high ground and feel good about ourselves - we need to act," she said.

During her remarks, Obama said she still believed in her husband's ability to exact change for the better, a campaign slogan from 2008 that last week Biden seemed to concede had not yet materialized.

"When folks ask me whether I still believe everything we said about hope and change back in 2008, I tell them that I believe it more strongly than ever before," she said. "While we still have plenty of work to do, we have truly made so much of that change we've been talking about."


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  1. Smitty

    You and your failure husband have done such a crappy job, why would anyone give you a dime ??? More vacations ???

    July 24, 2014 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  2. Borderless

    Absolutely disgusting.

    July 24, 2014 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  3. YoonYoungJo

    What's a disgrace is how much more change could have made if Obama didn't face such a hostile GOP. Some of the changes that would have even benefitted the GOP, but it came from Obama so, forget it. Which was a waste. Here you had a man who finally had the courage to stand up and say, let's go against the grain a little, for the betterment of our country. Let's go against the norm for the security of our nation and it was just been a stone wall strategy for the GOP. For all my criticism of Obama's foreign policy, even I have to admit he's batting way above 500. And as for his domestic agenda, I can't find a single fault with it.

    July 25, 2014 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  4. freedom

    She is a disgrace – just like her husband. Their "change" is to bring this country down.

    July 25, 2014 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  5. king

    Lesson folks, when dem was in power the country grew at a 4 to 5 percent rate, in Obama first 2 years. When the repubs took over the house, their only mission was for Obama to be a one term president. Every thing was in play. Including killing our tripple platnum credit rating, closing down our government costing the tax payers 24 billion. Stopping every progress for our country, while watching China catching us and on the verge of taking over the number economy in the world, folks we cannot stand by and allow the repub party to destroy this great country, just because of the insane hatred these folks have for the first African American president. The first term of his presidency they wanted to destroy America and made him a one term president, that didn't work. This term they are going after his legacy. American people are you going to sit back and allowthe repub to destroy this great country, just they can write in the history books that Obama was a

    July 25, 2014 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  6. MMECitizen

    They have made a lot of change, but there is not any hope.....BTW if a Republican was quoted as asking for the "Biggest, Fattest check possible" the press would be all over them ...... "buying elections", " too much money in the pockets of Republicans", etc, etc.

    July 25, 2014 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  7. just asking

    While Obama's approval ratings hover at record lows — leaving many incumbent Democrats wary of campaigning alongside him
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    many??? i haven't a single one campaigning with the liar-in-chief. then again he doesn't have a lot of time after spending 60% of his time at campaign fund raisers. good thing obama doesn't have a real job that requires his attendance every day.

    July 25, 2014 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  8. Tony D

    "When folks ask me whether I still believe everything we said about hope and change back in 2008, I tell them that I believe it more strongly than ever before," she said. "While we still have plenty of work to do, we have truly made so much of that change we've been talking about."
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    That confirms it! This 8 year Obama disaster is by design. If this nightmare is what they wanted, the next 2.5 years will be a total nightmare if they keep the Senate. Wake up America!! Get these incompetent leftist Democrat clowns out of office and save the country.

    July 25, 2014 06:47 am at 6:47 am |
  9. @RI_Roger

    Gullible liberals..... they'll swallow the kool-aide served by either Obama! Their Rose colored glasses are so dark, they don't understand that throwing good money at bad issues is not a good value for your money.

    July 25, 2014 06:47 am at 6:47 am |
  10. Donna

    So the taxpayers have paid for over 400 Obama campaign fund raising trips and now we are also paying to fly Michelle Obama all over the country for campaign fund raisers as well?!!

    And then these are the same people, who after ripping off the taxpayers, call people that try to pay the least taxes as possible un-American! Yes, we are expected to fund these wasteful, criminals as much as they demand. Unbelievable.

    July 25, 2014 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  11. Tommy G

    During her remarks, Obama said she still believed in her husband's ability to exact change for the better, a campaign slogan from 2008 that last week Biden seemed to concede had not yet materialized.
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    Yes, we know. 5.5 years and still record unemployment, the destruction of our healthcare system and the world on fire as the world laughs at Obama and wonders where the USA leadership is.

    Obama is just clueless and in way over his head. He doesn't have the personal skills to work with people, Republican or Democrat, to succeed. He thinks he was elected to be a dictator, to make his demands and then expect all other elected representatives to grant him his every demand, without exception. Every thing is a scotched earth political attack with no ability to govern. American had better learn from this nightmare because it is repeated, the country is doomed.

    July 25, 2014 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  12. Janet Nappylotto

    The "Great Uniter" who was supposed to usher in an "era of unprecedented cooperation" and his wife stoke the flames of bipartisanship again with their fundraising campaigns.

    "What matter does it make" anyways? It is now totally acceptable to use the IRS as a political weapon. Just audit and tax anyone that supports opposing parties and give huge tax breaks to people that support.

    July 25, 2014 07:31 am at 7:31 am |