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. Millie

    I'm so glad that Obama finally will be in FL! My only regret is that I have to be at work and can't be at today's rally in Tampa. He has the full support of my entire family. There is plenty of Obama support here in FL and he has a fighting chance to take the state in Nov. He will be our next president!!!! With us being a swing state I'm sure I'll have another opportunity to see him. I can't wait for him to come back to be abe to attend an event.! Obama 08

    May 21, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  2. Liz

    I live in Florida and you better believe that he isn't getting a dime from me. I cant believe that he has the nerve to show his hypocritical face in this state. He should stay where he is wanted and that sure isn't anywhere here in Florida, This is Hillary's territory and I just hope that people here realize, what a fake this guy is, him and his wife!! I dont care what he says to the Republicans about keeping his wife out of it, she is just as unwanted as he is. What is he going to do? duke it out with all the people that feel the same about his wife? Give me a brake this guy is not ready to be president of any country.

    May 21, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  3. Demetria Houston

    It's not on him to decide how much of the delegates get seated. It's up to the democratic committee. And although the Clinton camp is acting like they don't know how this works, or better, don't care, when Terry Mc. was head of the DNC he had the same argument with Michiagan, and he threatned to take all their delegates away because of the rules, or half at least. So, he and they know what will come of this, and to make it somehow look like Senator Obama's fault is ridiculous. The story of the Clinton campaigns life.

    May 21, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  4. hillbilly lover

    so if it were hillary asking for money would these comments be any different? and to that person who claimed he violated dnc rules, he didn't, hillary did

    May 21, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  5. 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 Mr. "O" any money..

    May 21, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  6. Independent for Obama

    All you people talking about how he's not getting your money – the highest dollar fundraiser in Miami is already oversold. So OBVIOUSLY, people in Florida are supporting his campaign.

    Perhaps we Floridians realize that (a) it wasn't Obama's fault that our legislators moved the primary date, and (b) we would rather have a democrat in the White House than a pity party for the candidate who didn't win the democratic nomination.

    May 21, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  7. Rob, VA

    I think the good people of Florida understand that it is not Sen. Obama's fault that the Demorcratic leadership of the state failed their constituency. Now, with that being said, the Democratic National Commitee will be meeting on May 31st to try to reach a reasonable resolution to the mess that the Demorcartic leadership in Florida/Michigan has created. Don't get mad with Sen. Obama!!!!!! Direct your frustration/anger to where it belongs!!!!!

    Rob, VA

    May 21, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  8. for realsies

    Hillary, do you seem how these people believe the horrid lies you told and/or let be told.

    I do hope you realize that once you are done your first obligation is to inform your supporters that Obama did not disenfranchise anyone, is not responsible for what happened with FL and MI, is not a muslim, and does say the pledge.

    These people BELIEVE your lies, and because of it the reps may get the white house. Nice job. Thanks a bunch from a mom with health conditions who can't afford gas anymore, and is on the verge of not being able to afford food. Your lies may end up costing me and thousands, maybe millions, like me our homes and jobs.

    May 21, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  9. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA



    May 21, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  10. Bettie

    It is important for us to remember that Senator Obama is not responsible for Florida's democrat primary that was conducted outside of the DNC rules. The state legislators (both republican & Democrats) are responsible for that action. They voted for the date. Before we get cynical, let us see how effective Obama will be in reaching out to the voters and let us hear the message he will give to them. Remember Obama is the only candidate who has NOT changed his message that he has delivered throughout this entire primary process. He has NOT tried to pander – but has told the same truth everywhere he has gone. I believe that those in Florida who are conducting the fundraising already have found people who are eager to donate to the campaign. We must remember that Obama has exceeded all candidates in raising funds and the majority of it has come from regular people, many of whom are blue collar workers, and they have donated small amounts – which taken together are total amounts larger than the other candidates' donors.

    May 21, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  11. Tracy---Indianapolis, IN

    YOU PEOPLE ARE SO BLIND YOU ONLY BELIEVE WHAT YOU WANT TO BELIEVE ......Florida has shown the world that their gov can't be trusted so you people need to be mad at them and not OBAMA he had nothing to do with it. He followed the rules unlike the cry -baby Hillbilly. If Hillbilly was in OBAMA'S seat she wouldn't care about FL or MI she only cares when something is in it for her..........SHE DOES NOT CARE ABOUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE....SHE VOTED FOR THE WAR AND SHE VOTED FOR NAFTA. SHE ALWAYS PUTS THE BLAME ON EVERYTHING BUT HERSELF.....IT IS HER FAULT SHE'S LOSING !!!!!!!!WAKE UP PEOPLE........

    May 21, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  12. Honest man for Obama

    Thank you Hagel, you know what is like out there and in your eyes we the ordinary people see the true colour of our senators .

    Maccain is a disgrace to himself, judging from how he is conducting his general election compaign. All the stuff he beleive then that needed to be done to improve America image abroad then now he is against them.
    Shame to see a old man behaving like a little kids. Maccain if you can't stand to your own words or can't say one thing and believe in it, how can the american people trust you?

    You favour negotiating with Hamas group back in 2002, you believed America should ease the sanction on Cuba, then now you wants Cuba to be cut off the table until the released all poloitical prisonal and leave power before you deal with Cuba.

    If they do all that, what will you negotiate for senator Maccain?

    I believe negotiation is give and take in all fair ways between two parties. If they do all the good work how will you take credit for peace if you didn't initiate peace.

    Peace need peace to get peace.

    May 21, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  13. Abby

    He has done nothing wrong by Florida people!!!...why don’t you read and analyze?! they all agreed to the rules BEFORE...Who ever heard of changing the rules AFTER the game has started? Fair play and honesty are two American values that Clinton supporters are willing to forget in order to deny the first black candidate his fair shot. Some of you have a long way to go in your personal struggles to be unbiased.

    May 21, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  14. DPZ

    Why is everyone coming down hard on Obama it is not his fault that
    FL and MI did not count Clinton backed that up saying their votes would not matter.(Read what happening in the beginning of the election Hillary was all for your votes not counting until she began losing.)Now they are placing blame on Obama because he is the front
    runner of this race. The votes will be counted but Clinton will not win
    and FL always has had problems voting for democrats and it is probably because the leaders of that state are REPUBLICAN.

    May 21, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  15. Jeff

    I cannot believe the number of idiots on this board! Obama has never said he doesn't want the votes of FL and MI to count. He has said that he is following the rules of the DNC and will abide by whatever decision the DNC board makes. The only rule changer/breaker is Clinton...Wake up people, get your facts straight...

    May 21, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  16. Mish, NYC

    Remember HRC supporters...Florida and Michigan broke the rules and all of the Democratic candidates agreed to the rules that DNC set forth..any state that violated the rules would be stripped of their delegates...boy oh boy you HRC supporters are so freakin hypocritical (just like HRC) that its sickening! Blaming Barack for blocking the votes/disenfranchising the voters/robbing the states banks (the last one is made up, but you HRC supporters will spin anything to make HRC look like the victim).

    May 21, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  17. Inform YOURSELVES

    It was not Barack Obama that single-handedly kept the FL & MI primaries from counting, as Hillary Clinton's campaign would like for you to believe. The state parties and the DNC have been in negotiations about this since the two states violated the DNC rules that BOTH candidates agreed to. Whatever fair-mindedness any of you possessed before HRC got a hold of you is obviously gone. Obama has never said the delegates should not be seated; he has only insisted - go figure - that the seating be done in a fair way, to the candidates, to the states' voters, and to the states that followed the rules. If you would stop getting all of your information from, you might see that there is actually intelligent life on the other side!

    May 21, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  18. Stupidity

    I don't understand all the flak over Florida and Michiagan. Both Hillary and Obama knew what was going to happen. Now Hillary is behind and wants the votes counted....How about all the votes in the states that held caucuses. I don't hear her saying let's count those votes. What a total POC. And for those saying they will stay home and not vote will have nothing to complain about what happens in the next four years. Stay home and show how un American and childish you are...

    May 21, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  19. Elly

    At least he doesnt beg!

    May 21, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  20. Tony Z- MD

    It is amazing how folks confuse DNC rules with the candidates. The primary has since changed from that date. The probability of Florida being seated is great just with reduced number of delegates (similiar to the RNC).

    Obama has plenty of supporters in Florida. This is why McCain, Clinton and Obama are in Florida today.

    Florida voters should be making nice to the rest of America because they helped Bush into the White House. Start taking that responsibility.

    May 21, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  21. Your state broke the rules

    Why is it that people in FL and MI beleive that they are above the rules. Those states broke the rules and held elections prior to Feb 5th. Now all of a sudden it is Obama's fault that they are disenfranchised. Why not look to your state leaders who did this to you. The buck should stop there.

    It's like Hillary trying to make the argument that she should win the nomination even though she is behind in del. super del, states won, etc. etc. etc. She is trying to change the rules too.

    May 21, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  22. Democrat for Hillary or McCain

    I live in Fort Myers, FL, and I will NEVER vote for Barack Obama, and all the Democrats I know feel the same way. He didn't want our votes to count when they would have made a difference, so he can kiss them goodbye in November. I'm voting for McCain – 1/2 the Democrats I know are doing the same, and the other 1/2 are staying home in November.

    Florida will be the state that prevents him from winning the Presidency. He'll pay for disenfranchising loyal Democratic voters.

    And before you start screeching that it wasn't his fault – it WAS. He prevented a revote that Clinton backers were willing to pay for.

    May 21, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  23. Dj

    There are a lot of people in Florida who are not caught up in this hype... I bet they are people who have COLLEGE DEGREES too!

    May 21, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  24. Pompano Beach, FL

    I've got some for you...

    Obama 08'

    May 21, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  25. ss8ty

    I know all of a sudden HRC wants their votes to count. She should of fought for this from the very beginning. She is flip flopping. Now she needs votes cause she is losing the delegate count and looks like a begger. If she really believed that Mich and Fla votes should of counted she should have fought for this issue 15 months ago when she was the frontrunner. Now she the runner up and it really sucks doesnt it. If you dont want to vote for Obama in the general you are only hurting yourself. I doubt McBush is going to lower your taxes or the price of gas.

    OBAMA 08

    May 21, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
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