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. Nic

    I'm sorry, but blaming Obama for FL's votes not being counted is moronic. Florida legislators made this mess. Vote them out at the next opportunity if you're angry about being disenfranchised; don't blame Obama for abiding by the DNC rules. Hillary's the one trying to change the rules midstream and constantly move the goal posts. It's a shame what's happened with the FL and MI votes, but it's time to focus the anger where it belongs, and that's on the Repub legislators who screwed this up to begin with.

    May 21, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  2. Bill

    hello marie, this man is not your choice, but he is the choice for many americans this year.

    May 21, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  3. Michigan Voter

    People Listen UP! Not Hillary or Barack are blocking the votes in Michigan and Florida. The DNC set the rules, Hillary and Barack agreed to those rules. The government in Michigan and Florida screwed this whole thing up!!!
    They are the ones that we need to be upset with. Do you really think the candidates would not want to have a vote that would count in these two important states. We all know that Michigan and Florida are big states for the general election. Why do you think Barack was in MIchigan last week and is now in Florida this week (keep in mind Hillary is also in FL this week). We need to stop attacking Barack saying that he is blocking the votes in FL. He followed the rules that were presented to him.

    May 21, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  4. Paul

    DNC, Superdelegates,
    To whom it may concern:
    This is the land of the free, of those who believe in a better future for each one of our families. We are all part of this great dream. Thus, those voters who went to the polls despite being disenfranchised by a few have the same rights as we do to have their voice heard. America is not about a comittee, but it embraces everyone, and that includes the voters from FLA and Michigan. No one can stop democracy from running its normal course, or can a few silence the voices of millions? you were chosen to serve not to silence our people, we do not live in Cuba and even if we did, it does not allow you to limit peoples' rights.
    Every vote must count, and we are certain that you will make the right desicion, FLA and Michigan are also a part of the Union. Otherwise you are risking the posibility of a Democrat in the White House.
    Thanks for your attention to this request in favor of our people.
    Sincerely yours,

    May 21, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  5. Mike in IL

    Democrats are in real trouble if Obama is the nominee... He has limped to the finish... It is obvious that he can not carry the democratic base...

    If it is true that Obama is not going to ask Clinton to be the VP ... it will tear the party apart!!!

    May 21, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  6. Understanding

    I understand why Clinton would want the delegates in FL and MI counted, it gets her closer to the nomination and a better argument.

    I understand why Obama wouldn't want the delegates in FL and MI count, his name wasn't on the ballot in MI and they never campaigned in either state.

    Obama was a relatively unknown and Hillary (Bill) was practically an household name, so I don't see it as being fair to him he didn't get to let the FL or MI voters know him and for Clinton to want MI counted in her favor is in a word "STUPID"

    May 21, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  7. Chris, Middletown, CT

    You guys reading the other posts....omg...I think they believe it...

    lets re-cap...

    The DNC took the votes away from Michigan and Florida...NOT OBAMA – omg...pick up a newspaper

    Obama didn't campaign in Florida – (when you make something up...its called rhetoric)

    (I will ask...but there will never be an answer) – for those who say Hillary or McCain – what positions do you support Hillary on....i.e. why are you voting for her? McCain and Clinton don't share similar positions on voted on gender...and want to send a (poor) message that you didn't get your way...again...try picking up a newspaper to see where the candidate stand on certain positions

    On surpressing the Florida and Michigan votes....he was not on the ballot (as Clinton was the only candidate on in Michigan) – and nobody campaigned in fair was it to have Clinton run on her husbands name...and garner lieu of another election – which isn't going to happen – there is no fair way to split the delegates....agree....(or still angry)?

    May 21, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  8. Dave Milwaukee, WI

    Looks like the Clinton "intellectuals" are out in force today...i.e. angry white old people.

    News flash for you idiots...the democrats that YOU elected to your state government jumped for joy at the opportunity to move your primary up against the rules. The candidate that YOU supported held a huge rally in Florida MINUTES after the polls closed in your state. YOU want to talk about disenfranchising voters? YOUR candidate is currently (seems to change by the hour) not counting the millions of voters who made their preference known during a caucus in her "popular vote" total.

    But hey, be my guest...stay home or vote for McSame. I have news for you...YOUR state is only one of fifty. WE don't need your votes. Keep acting like blowhards because you aren't going to be so important in the near future when half your state is under 5 feet of ocean.

    May 21, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  9. manny t

    If FL and friends don'r wake up they will be at fault of what happen for the next 4 years and i promise u guys that USA will ask not for FL votes to be counted ever.... They make no sence. Since Clinton didn't win then they vote for McCaine. FL is also at fault for the war. Why doesn't washington send troops from FL only why make the rest of us suffer. I have lost all respect for FL and states like them. I hope President Obama puts some sence into these people before we end up on the bottom of the list. We were a powerhouse in the world now we're a joke, thanks Hillary and FL. Thanks a lot. Instead of being the United States we are now called the States, I have friends over seas and trust me we're in the United States anymore were just the States, and u can thank hillary and FL for that.

    May 21, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  10. faye, NV

    Clinton supporter don't be stupid, never did Obama say white people cling to their guns and religion. People in general are clinging to what ever hope there is left.

    Each party have strong supporters and let's not take things of proportion.

    May 21, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  11. Lionel J. Missouri

    Yet a new challenge – a step towards a graceful ending – a change for a new beginning and a substantive spirit for all Americans and their new prospective leader to lead our country...

    I think all Americans should be considered of all the candidates regardless if they are Democrats or Republicans and let a leader lead as the facts presently state: (Just check the numbers) 🙂

    Obama: 1
    Clinton: 2
    McCain: 3

    I made mention of McCain because like I said above – I think all should have a fair opportunity without unkind words.

    The facts are the facts: Obama leads and Obama will be a great leader with:

    Opportunites, Brillance And Mastering Achievement

    Best regards to all,

    Lionel J. Missouri

    May 21, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  12. Your state broke the rules

    Oh, and another thing, if the results of FL or MI were flipped and Obama had a big lead there, Hillary would not be pushing for them to be included. Don't beleive the hype.

    May 21, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  13. Dee

    Barack never stated that he didn't want Florida's voice to be heard. Florida broke the rules and it must suffer the consequences. He is willing to work out a reasonable, amicable solution to this debacle. I don't understand why you want to hold him responsible for Florida's violation of the rules.

    May 21, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  14. Florida 4 Barack

    To all Floridians why are you blaming Barack for following the rules, just why?

    Why don't you get the facts and stop the rhetoric that Barack does not care about Floridians. He love all of you Floridians and will be there several times during the general election.

    Barack was only following the rules that the republicans set forth which had to be enforced by the DNC. Hillary did not obey the rules just like the politicians of Florida and it cause a major problem for all Floridian.

    Your delegates will be seated at the DNC for sure so don't worry. Please welcome Barack with open arms because he loves you all just the same.

    May 21, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  15. Obama v McCain

    answer to Gary E. Roma:

    ¡Sí podemos!

    May 21, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  16. CHANGE

    A vote for John McCain in November, or no vote at all, is a vote AGAINST Hillary Clinton...and all women in the USA.

    May 21, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  17. vince

    Why were Illinois and South Carolina allowed to move up their primaries Mr Dean ? How come Michigan and Florida could not? Only Obama states can move up? People keep asking why Hillary supporters would vote McCain rather than show party loyalty. What kind of loyalty has the DNC shown us? Living in Illinois my vote is useless. Obama will win Illinois but he will be doing it WITHOUT my vote. I hope they seat Florida and Michigan just because " it is the right thing to do" however the damage is done. The DNC stripped Hillary of 2 huge wins early in the process. Stalling any momentum she may have gotten from these wins. To give them back now is a joke. Howard Dean you are a traitor to the DNC and the American people.

    May 21, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  18. Rich

    Tell the truth Hillary! You and your campaign was fine to have Florida and Michigan be punish for breaking the rules. Just when you noticed that you needed them to catch up, you decided to forgive the two states. Neither Hillary or Obama campaigned there. It is not Obama's fault that Florida and Michigan's state officials broke the rules. Obama just follows the rules; while Hillary wants to change the rules to benefit her. WAKE UP PEOPLE! HILLARY IS BEING DISHONEST WITH YOU! DO SOME RESEARCH IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE ME! ITS ALL OUT THERE!

    May 21, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  19. ChaChaCha


    When Fla., and Michigan, wanted to move the primary's the DNC told them they could not do that due to scheduling issues and if they did their primary would not count and they would not be seated. They did it anyway. And all the candidates agreed to what the DNC said, following the Rules, and did sign an agreement. Alot of the people in Fla. were told their votes didn't count so many didn't even come out to vote.

    The candidates really had no choice but to follow the rules of the DNC. NOW Hillary wants ALL the votes to count in both states and to top it off, Obama wasn't even on the ballot in Michigan. Obama has done NOTHING to the voters, but HIllary has to lie and say he doesn't want their votes when in fact what she is asking NOW is unfair and he will not support her in that. WOULD YOU? All these Hillary people need a vacation to clear their heads and get the facts straight.

    May 21, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  20. For Obama

    It appears some people don't realize that Hillary Clinton was all for imposing the conditions set by the Democratic Party against Florida and Michigan when they didn't abide by the rules. Now she wants to change everything to suit her. Senator Obama wasn't even on the Michigan ballot.

    May 21, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  21. neutralinminn

    Listening to al of are you all way off the mark! Take a deep breath and calm down. He NEVER said he didn't want their votes counted. It is time everyone starts looking at the Florida DEM party leaders AND your REpublican Governor for messing this thing up – not Barack or Hilliary. Give BOTH of them a break and help figure this thing out – NOT tear each other down. I cannot begin to believe HONEST DEMS would vote for McCain over a DEM – if so, say goodbye to reproductive rights, universal health care, normal gas prices and more of our young men and women fighting unnecessary wars.

    Come on people, calm down and start thinking with your head and not so much with your heart.

    May 21, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  22. True Dem

    Some of you need to do research & stop relying on the media that has been biased towards one candidate or the other.

    Obama's take has been to seat the Florida delegates with giving Clinton a 10 delegate advantage & to seat the Mich delegates even because his name wasn't on the ballot. She has refused this proposal becuz it doesn't help her cause. Which i understand. Either way i would vote for a Dem this year because McCain has seperated himself from Bush enough.

    Vote your intresets not the other party becuz your primary candidate didn't win!

    May 21, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  23. Terry, NJ

    As we've seen throughout this primary. All his money doesn't always buy votes. Same thing will happen in November. And yes, it's interesting how he didn't want the way people in Florida and Michigan voted to count but thought things should be split in a way that disadvantaged Hillary and benefited him against the voters wishes. Can't wait until November when all the Koolaid drinkers realize they picked a winner for the primaries only to be a loser in the election that really counts... The Presidential Election.


    Hillary 08!

    May 21, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  24. Realistic

    Remember, Hillary was against the votes of Florida and Michigan count, before she was for them. She became their "Champion" only when she needed their votes, not before. Not a single protest did she make when their votes were disqualified.

    May 21, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  25. Souza

    Now he cares about Florida. Not once have I heard him say that every vote counts. Republican officials in Florida changed the dates not the Democratic voters. When this happened instead of going along with the punishment a real leader would have address the problem at the time it took place instead of ignoring it.

    May 21, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
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