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)
  1. Moses, Ca.

    If any of you have Son,Nephews, Cousin or have friends with Children, how can you vote for McCain and risk one of them getting hurt...Get Real

    May 21, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |

    Hillary is the one who is always begging for money with that annoying voice. Just watch Florida today and see how big his crowds are. People love Obama and you will see that in Florida just like you saw it in Michigan last week. Give it up Hillary losers'

    May 21, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  3. Joe

    I can't stand Hillary, she makes me Sick!!

    Obama '08

    May 21, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  4. People are you listening

    How come it's all right for Hillary to disenfranchise FL when she thought she didn't need them and change sides when she sees she is losing and try to change the rules. But Obama is evil and racist because he abided by the rules and now is going there to campaign not to win the primary but move to the GE.

    Because it is Hillary or Bust. Too bad she couldn't run the campaign she has now on Day one. She is the most quailified candidate if you want old washington. But many folks don't want that anymore. It appears to be just as many as the one that do. Even more if you count the Caucus voters. But they don't count because they don't help Hillary.

    BTW don't give Obama any votes in MI either because that doesn't help Hillary .

    Hippocrates 08

    May 21, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  5. Christine

    It's sad that so many people are responding as if the candidate himself was to blame for the mess in Michigan and Florida. Instead of uniting behind someone and realizing that it was the Republican party in Florida who forced the early primary and the fact that the Democratic party in Michigan knew the rules and ignored them completely; you people are placing the blame in the wrong place!

    It's time that people pay more attention to details rather than listening to the candidate's surrogates rantings. John Edwards, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama signed papers from the national DNC stating that they would not campaign in either state because the two states violated the rules and decided for themselves that they were more important than all the other states in the country. What's interesting also is the fact that Hillary Clinton would rather look out for her own selfish gains than to clearly look at beating the Republican machine in November.

    May 21, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  6. leon


    Obama agreed to say in an interview yesterday that Hillary had been subject to sexism and gender discrimination during the campaign.

    Of course he did not mention that he was part of it.

    Florida and Michigan and the rest of Hillary supporters we need to writin on HILLARY's name on the ballot on November.

    WE can not allow the big lier Oabama to confuse us

    May 21, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  7. Shane

    Something that doesn't get nearly enough attention is that members of Hillary's campaign, including one T. McAullife, originally were suppressing Florida and Michigan votes as well. When they decided it might help them win they flip-flopped. The funny thing is that even WITH Florigan counting, Hillary is down and almost out. Not even if Obama gave her everything she's asking for out of the Florigan delegations would she overtake him. It's time for Hillary's supporters to open up their eyes and take the blinders off. He won fair and square. He ran a better campaign. He energizes the Party, particularly the future of the Party (the young) WAY more. Win or lose, he'll do more for the Party than Hillary would. He'll get people to vote.

    God Bless Obama and God Bless the USA.

    May 21, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  8. vince

    Good Luck Barack. " Um uhhh um uhhhh I really didn't disenfranchise you. That's not what I meant at all." This is what I meant. Time to come back home to Chicago Barack. Your ignorance and inexperience is beginning to show. Make good on your promises here first. Then when you have a track record MAYBE you will be ready.

    May 21, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  9. ChaChaCha

    Some of YOU are just plain NUTZ! You should hear the what you say and think. My goodness.


    OBAMA AND HILLARY and others all agreed with the DNC DECISION to not allow FLA and MICH to break the rules with the punishment of not allowing votes to count, and to not campaign in your states.

    NOW HILLARY WANTS THOSE VOTES. THAT IS ALL SHE CARES ABOUT PEOPLE. Obama wasn't even on the ballot in MICH. and she says she WON. SHE DIDN'T WIN BECAUSE IT WAS NOT A PRIMARY in the DNC's EYES. How in God's name can you people want someone so dumb to be our president. For all her intelligence her judgement is only made in her direction. Which isn't SERVICE to anyone but HER.

    May 21, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  10. Sad!

    Dear NObama:

    He isn't the one that broke the rules- MI AND FL DID and that is not his fault so GET OVER IT.

    May 21, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  11. Karena Jorge

    What I can not understand is why people on here make such ignorant comments. Please remember, Obama was not the who changed the primary date nor was he the one who handled down the penalty. It is VERY unfair for me as a Floridian to sit back and watch a primary be given to Hillary because she broke the rules and left her name on the ballot and campaigned here.

    He is in Florida to campaign and I guarantee people like me will come out in large numbers to support his event. It's time to get over the Florida/Michigan thing. Places like Indiana and North Carolina never have there voice heard because they are so late in the primary and most of the time the decision is already made. Are they disenfranchised?? Give me a break!

    May 21, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  12. JH in NC

    How can he expect to raise money in Florida. "Gee folks get out your check books and credit cards and give me money, but I don't want your primary votes to count"?????

    BO is just W in disguise!!!!!

    I guess he got Katherine Harris' endorsement!!!

    May 21, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  13. Karen

    You Hillary supporters are ridiculous. You know full well that Obama had nothing to do with the Florida and Michigan votes not being counted. And you also know that they have offered to split the delegates giving Hillary 10 extra in both states, but that's not good enough for her she wants more to give herself the edge.

    This is the kind of irrational campaigning that has her loosing the nomination. She distourted the entire Florida/Michigan issue when she discovered that she needed their delegates. Ask yourself, did you know that their votes wouldn't count back in late January/February.
    NO, because it wasn't and issue until Hillary needed them.

    Face reality and look back on your cadidates campaign and you will see why she is loosing. Read and research for yourself. She lost this nomination, no one stole it from her.

    Quit going for all that pandering and women's lib retoric and open you eyes.

    May 21, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  14. Montel

    Obama should not ignore Florida or Michigan. He needs to make an appearance before asking for cash. He also needs to do some compelling speeches on the issues and provide workable solutions to the problems we all face in America. I hope he does not take for granted that he is in the lead now. Surely, things can change.

    May 21, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  15. sl la

    What foolish people you Obama Haters are. Go ahead and vote for McCain or stay at home. When gas reaches $7.00 a gallon, the Supreme Court is so conservative that all our rights are gone, and when the draft comes up again you can say well, I didn't vote for Obama. I realize that the draft probably will not upset some because of your age but what about grandchildren and great grandchildren. Geez, what creeps!

    May 21, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  16. leon

    VOTE for HIllary in November write her name on the ballot.

    Let's show the country that we care on a real political platform and not on mere speeches to fulfill political ambitions of Barack

    May 21, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  17. Concerned Voter

    You FL voters are idiots!!! He did not, not allow your vote to count... it was YOUR state! Blaming him is just like blaming Hillary! She only said count the votes after she was behind... or do you not remember that far back... again idiots! Stop and think for yourselves for once and not listen to the few morns on here, "fred, NoBama, etc"

    May 21, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  18. Michigan Voter

    to BRiley:
    I am a Michigan resident and will be voting for Obama. I can guarantee you that if he had been on the ballot in Michigan and if we as residents knew our votes would count, we would have voted for him. I for one did not vote in the Michigan Primary because I knew the vote would not count. I agree that everyone should have their say in this primary season, however, absent a re-vote in Michigan (which no one will pay for) I do not feel that Michigan's delegates should be seated (unless they are split down the middle). This is not the fault of the Michigan voters, the DNC or the candidates; this is the fault of the Michigan government. We as democrats need to rally around our nominee, whomever that may be. We need to unite and vote a Demorate into office this Nov. We cannot afford to have another GOP preseident. Our schools are failing, the economy has failed and the US is no longer looked at as the powerhouse it once was. We need someone that can turn this country around. I believe Barack Obama is the person for the job!

    May 21, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  19. Shame on You

    You have got to be kidding.This man followed the RULES set by he DNC.You sholud really be happy that FOR ONCE someone is willing to go by the rules and not MAKE THEM(HILLARY).That basically means you were NEVER going to vote for him anyway,so thanks again TO THE PEOPLE OF FLORIDA NOT ALL(HEY GRANDMA)and loyal descent floridans,but once again looks like beauty is not skin deep after all in MIGHTY FLORIDA.Once again this is not to all of florida,but the ones who dont mind staying in IRAQ or IRAN for that matter for 100 Years.Idiots

    May 21, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  20. Lisa

    Give it a rest people, with or without Florida Obama will win.
    Its time for us to unite as one and stop wasting time and energy. You are not for the republican but if Obama becomes the nominee you will vote them, What kind of example are you showing a true democrat will always be true regardless of who is the nominee.

    Time for change
    Obama 2008

    May 21, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  21. kim from L.A.

    NO MONEY FOR OBAMA...Tell him to go ask Oprah for more money.. He should be band from Florida.. He does not care about people from Florida or Michigan. If he did he would accepted your rights as a voters and allow Florida and Michagan to be seated.. Dont give that pig any money..

    May 21, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  22. Kay

    Hillary Clinton has been running on the shirt tails of her Husband, Bill Clinton, and his influence. She has been financing her own campaign as the people aren't donating to her. She has pulled every tactic to try to get her the nomination. The rules about Florida and Michigan were imposed by the Democratic Party which Hillary supported. Now she wants to change the rules of the game to benefit her. She has too many ties to special interests just like McCain and his ties to the lobbyists. Go Obama!!!

    May 21, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  23. Jeanne

    Obama doesn't have any control over DNC rules and how delegates & votes are counted. Of course Florida is an important state and I'm sure he would have liked to have campaigned there. Had Florida not violated the rules, that's exactly what would have happened and the DNC wouldn't be in this mess of how to count Florida's votes. Obviously the Democratic leaders in Florida have to be penalized in some way for not following the rules.

    This does not have anything to do with Obama or his desire to campaign there, win friends & influence people toward a better direction for this country. He didn't make the rules, he didn't violate the rules. Of course he should want the support of Floridians and he should also want to bring them into the process of electing the next president of the USA.

    May 21, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  24. Sarah

    In all polls Obama is running neck & neck with McSame in Florida...
    If he worked more there, may be he can get it
    His speach last night was amazing and reflected how smart this young man is

    May 21, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  25. Raq

    I'm pleased! This way, all the voters who DIDN'T show up to vote because they believed that the rules were the rules (you know the ones Hillary is GLAD to not count), can show their support. I'm amazed that not more has been made about this. The rules were set. She knew what they were and now all of a sudden she's had an epiphany that every vote should count. Months ago, she SPECIFICALLY told MI voters that their vote wouldn't count. What an opportunist.

    It's unbelievable how Hillary has spun the truth into Obama blocking the revote. This issue falls squarely on the DNC and the FL elected officals. FL did not have time to get set up for another primary and a mail-in vote is currently illegal there! How did that become Obama's fault? Hillary is the most dishonest person on the planet. I continue to be appauled by her tactics. I was in full support of her when this all began. She was a huge role model. Now, I can't stand to see her face because I know that only lies will exit.

    I'm sorry but it is impossible to count the vote in FL and ridiculous to count the vote in MI – with Obama not on the ballot. Neither are fair. I'll tell you what – some say that FL and MI will be angry if their votes don't count – but the other 48 states will be angry if they do as laid out now.

    May 21, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
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