May 21st, 2008
10:00 AM ET
12 years ago

Obama searching for cash in Florida

(CNN) - Barack Obama is on the hunt for cash. The likely Democratic presidential nominee is slated to hold three high-dollar fundraising events in Florida later Wednesday and Thursday.

CNN's Jessica Yellin has the details of the fundraisers after the jump.

1. Wednesday night - Maitland, Florida (Orlando).
7 p.m. host reception, 7:30 p.m. larger reception.
Hosts reception: raise $10,000
Friend: $2,300 per person (includes photo)
Guest: $1,000 per person (includes private reception)
Supporter: $250 per person

2. Thursday night - The Bath Club in Miami Beach
6:30 p.m. host reception, 7 p.m. general reception
Hosts reception: raise $46,000
Suggested $2300/person for general reception
Minimum ticket price is $1000/person.

3. Thursday Night - Westin Diplomat in Hollywood, Florida.
8:45 host Reception, 9:15 p.m. general reception
Host Reception: Raise $10,000

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soundoff (441 Responses)

    If we count all the states then lets count them all.....every stated that participated...that would include every vote that was cast in a caucus state.....Obama still wins.

    END OF DISCUSSION...don just count the states you want for popular vote...count all the states!

    May 21, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  2. Michael-NYC

    How dare Obama go to FL to ask for money.

    Why would people from Florida give him anything? He isn't fighting for their votes to be heard.

    He really has the nerve!!

    May 21, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  3. csimp

    Thank you to everyone who has an once of sense enough to know that Obama didn't have anything to do with Michigan and Florida votes not counting. But I guess people need a valid reason not to vote for the best candidate, which is clearly Obama. It is so convinient to shift blame when things aren't going your way. And by the way, the people have spoken and its Obama that they want to represent the Democratic party in the GE. In any contest there is always going to be a winner and a loser. That's life. Hillary supporters need to deal with the fact that she isn't entitled to anything because her last name is Clinton. The Clinton's have had their time in the White House. Lets all unite and open the doors to the White House to someone who I, and a lot of Americans, believe can really make a change.

    YES WE CAN, but we need to unite as a party.

    Loyal Democrat no matter what

    May 21, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  4. Carol

    Whay does Obama need to search for cash? He is a god, so he can just speak a word and cash will appear!

    May 21, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  5. Thank You

    Thank you Robert in Ontario for getting it right! Read below.

    May 21st, 2008 12:01 pm ET

    This is exactly what the problem is….how many times does Obama have to say it?


    He does NOT want though the seating according to how Hillary Clinton wants, since in one state he didn't campaign…and in the other state his name was not on the ballot!

    Obama has said he'd work with the DNC and the Clinton camp to seat them FAIRLY. I know that's hard for some of you to understand since you like to take snipets of what is said instead of listening to the whole discussions.

    May 21, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  6. Bertha Alexander

    How dare Floridians and Michigans blame Obama for their votes not being counted. Even Hillary did not want them to count, when she was ahead. ALL OF YOU NEED TOO BLAME THE PEOPLE YOU PUT IN OFFICE-governor, senator, legislator, atty general etc. Florida always screws up the elections. If you want Hillary or McCain-- you are going to have to wait until another election. Maybe 2012
    Obama '08

    May 21, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  7. snoop



    May 21, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  8. Russ C, Seattle, Wa

    I do think it would be a mistake to disenfranchise voters in Michigan and Florida. In fact I was amazed that the DNC would take such a position in the first place. On the other hand I don't see how that is Obama's fault. In any case I am disgusted with how our (Democratic) party and constituents are acting at this point. We will have a nominee and whom ever it is will be our only hope to overcome the mess the Republicans have made for our country. I acknowledge that sexism and racism has played a role in this campaign and I think that was inevitable given our front runners. I don't think its a reasonable excuse for betraying the rest of us and abstaining from voting in the General Election or worse voting for McCain. We are better than this and if we are not we don't disserve the White House in the first place. More of the same is unacceptable to me.

    May 21, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  9. George Ennis from Toronto, Canada

    hey CNN the comments on here really represent the views of the typical voter?

    There is so much misrepresentation of the history of who and why the rules for the Florida and Michigan primaries were established. The views of the candidates at the time the rules were established is a matter of record.

    Surely most of the Democratic voters understand that. Agree/disagree with the candidates on their policies but the history of the rules at the outset of the primaries was clear. If people disagree with those decisions I can understand but to blame a candidate who was not involved in setting them makes no sense. Of course there may be people who support a conspiracy theory out there that Senator Obama manipulated or is manipulating the DNC but again no evidence has been brought forward to support such a theory.

    Interesting some people on here are confused/surprised about how the candidates are financing their campaigns. Again this is a matter of public record. The disclosure has been detailed and timely. To argue that people are being coerced/tricked or manipulated in donating to either campaign is not supported by the facts. Also while the sums are large from the perspective of most people's income, they do not seem to be unreasonable given the cost and need to wage a national campaign in a country of 300 million people.

    From my perspective a lot of the Democratic supporters on here are sounding more and more like the extreme right wing of the Republican party.

    May 21, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  10. RIF


    I'm guessing that Hillary would do a better job at raising money from the weather underground since Bil pardoned two of it's members. You are a idiot!

    May 21, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  11. What

    I'm glad all of you bloggers can comment on the article. Heaven forbid you don't take every opportunity you get to bash Clinton and her supporters!

    May 21, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  12. virginia nielsen

    As you know, in the last 8 years all Bush did was brake the rules... is a bad habit that Obama is going to fix ! Rules are to be followed and the Constitution too !!! The DNC determined the rulesw and all the candidates at that point agreed with and Hillary was ahead of everybody at least 22 points. Big mistake to disregard OBAMA and takeit for granted, rellying on her last name. The KID is a fantastic neo-politician, ready to take over this great nation direct to the new ideas for the new century !!!
    GO OBAMA !!!

    May 21, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  13. emotional, not logical woman

    To the women who will not vot for obama but rather stay home or vote McCain.
    This is why men do not respect us.
    Just because we do not get our way we get all emotional and angry and start to react stupidly.
    Have you women never heard to choose the better of two evils.
    McCain will be worst for us if he gets elected.

    If Hillary does not make it we MUST vote Obama.
    Sometimes women act SOOOO emotional and not intelligent!!!!

    May 21, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  14. James, SC


    Yes, all the candidates sign an agreement letters not to campaign in FL and MI. They also agreed that the delegates would not count towards the election total. So when Senator Clinton complains about Senator Obama, she also fails to mention that the other candidates need to drum in on any changes to the original agreements. In the end, Senator Clinton is drumming up a lot of noise about Senator Obama without mentioning the required inputs of the other candidates who were also affected by the FL and MI DNC election ruling.

    Senator Obama also stated that he will support any measures that the DNC concluded. Senator has not done this. She has only demanded that the DNC does what she wants. In-the-mean-time, both FL and MI have come up with two suggestions of compromise for seating the delegates. Senator Clinton has rejected both suggestions. Senator Obama did accept them both.

    May 21, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  15. Concerned Democrat

    Obama may not have had anything to do with the DNC stripping Michigan and Florida of their primary delegates but it was his campaing's decision to remove his name from the ballot in Michigan. That was not party of the DNC dictate. Some people seem to forget that he did have a hand in the reason why his name was not on the ballot. You can't claim that the proposed vote splitting was unfair because your name was not on the ballot, when you took your name off.

    May 21, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  16. DD, New York

    How about no donations for Obama unless he can speechify without a teleprompter or other prewritten form? Can he even think on his feet?

    May 21, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  17. Dee, MO

    Must people on this blog don't live in Florida or Michigan so shut the hell up!!!

    May 21, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  18. Diane Panama City Fl

    Dear Nobama:
    Please get your facts straight. Senator Obama did NOT campaign in Florida, in compliance with DNC primary campaign rules. The Republican-controlled Florida Legislature voted to move up the Florida Primary in violation of DNC rules. Hence the reason Florida was stripped of its delegates. Additionally, Democratic candidates were instructed not to campaign here during the early part of the campaign.

    Being a Floridian who worked in the legislative process for nearly 10 years back when it was a credible body; and, as someone who voted in the January 29th primary, I know something about the Florida electoral process. I can say with absolute certainty that you DO NOT know what you are talking about!!!! Further, the DNC doesn't have to count any of our votes – including MINE!!!!

    Finally, fundraising is part of the political process. Senator Obama has run a very, very smart fundraising program. He has used the internet to raise miliions of dollars from the average person (who usually is omitted from this aspect of politics), plus utilizing the old, standard rubber-chicken circuit. This shows his considerable wisdom in giving the small contributor the same influence and importance as the large contributor. He shows his unusually keen understanding of the new reality of the political process and the influence the internet has on it.

    This stands in stark contrast to the rest of the presidential candidates' campaigns.

    May 21, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  19. Smiley from Conyers, GA

    Kathy in Kentucky, the people of Kentucky didn't vote for Obama because he is BLACK! IF you read the earlier stories on the ticker, you would've come across an article that stated that the exit polls in KY showed that about 50-60% of the people in KY believed that Hillary attacked Obama unfairly and has been quite negative. However, despite this they still voted for her overwhelmingly. Why is that? Because Obama is a black man! That is the main reason why he won't win racist states like WV and KY.

    May 21, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  20. ab

    You people are no Not informed . Barack did not do anything to make FL and MI votes not count. Blame that on your elected officials in your states and he has only followed the rules that were set by the DNC. So what I don't understand is why you all are blaming him for this. I mean come on yu can not be that slow. The rules were set ALL the candidates agreeded to them before the primary even started Yes Hiliary agreed also and now she wants to change the rules in the END of the primary and that just can't happen, What is so appauling to me is no one in either state said anything about being disenfranchised when their primaries were being moved up which is what caused their votes not to count. That is when they should have been standing up and saying something, but no they sat back and let it happen and now want to blam Barack for it. COME ON NOW RIGHT IS RIGHT AND WRONG IS STILL WRONG. THERE IS NOT SPIN. GET THE TRUE FACTS . A nd to say that you will stay home before voting for the democratic nominee just because it is not who you want it to be is just plain stupid. You would rather suffer through 4 more years of Forclosure, No Healthcare, Drop out rates Sky High, Homeless rate rising, Vets being treated poorly, Gas prices 4.00+ Unemployment all time High. Elderly men and women having to choose between medication or groceries. I mean really get a real grip on Life, it was not intended to be this way and we have to stand up and stop it.

    May 21, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  21. Former Obama Supporter

    We are blaming Obama because he did NOTHING to get a revote done in Florida. All he said was that he would follow what ever the DNC says. He didn't stand up for them and say "Count their votes and seat their delegates." Now he is saying we will seat their delegates at the convention. Floridians are smarter than that. They know Obama did nothing to help them. All he did was turn his cheek.

    May 21, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  22. Not 4 Clinton ANYMORE!

    I'm from a small town in central Ohio &, up untill last night, I was a CLinton suppporter. After hearing Obama compliment & praise her – trying to repair the Democratic damage that I now see that SHE has caused – then hearing her insist that all of my neighbors' votes for Obama 2 months ago will NOT COUNT! I converted because she's trying to make a case that she – knowingly & WILLINGLY – acknowledged that the MI/FL votes would NOT be counted after moving up their primary, & knew that the 2 states delegations would be PUNISHED for it! NOW they matter to her! 48 states followed the rules, 2 didn't: now all of our votes will be overturned because of Clinton's selfish, erogant, "republican-esque" deviance! And then to LIE to those poor people in the Appalachians; promising them things she will NEVER provide; playing on their biases of people of color, "fanatical" preachers, "gas tax holidays", etc.!!! Diplorable!!!!!!

    WOW!!! Am I glad that my eyes are FINALLY opened! I can NOT support a "candidate" who shrugs off the needs & wishes of the people & panders to the biasness of the corrupt ones "in charge"!!! Nor can I support an "indiviual" who intentionally injects race & sexism into each speech she makes, attempting to make herself look as though she's being "picked on"! Give me a break!!! As a middle-aged woman, I have NEVER behaved like a little girl to get my way!!!

    Hillary Clinton – along with John McCain – is setting the women's movement BACK 100 years! REAL women should stand up & DEMAND Hillary Clinton repair HER OWN damage & immediately STOP the immature, UNPROFESSIONAL, & destructive behavior before she hands the presidency back to the republicans in November!!!

    I'm for Obama in 2008 – If Hillary Clinton is NOT rewarded with, and PERMITTED to, STEAL this nomination away from him!!!

    May 21, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  23. David Goldman for OBAMA








    May 21, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  24. Stefan

    Clinton beat Obama by 17 percentage points and almost 300,000 votes in a primary that doesn't count.

    May 21, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  25. T. Churchill

    . . .Lets all hope that Florida proves to be smart seeing that they are a good
    vacation destination. However, they did manage to screw up two elections resulting in George Bush invading the white house. Let's
    hope that a good education is a staple in this state.

    May 21, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
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