May 18th, 2009
09:54 AM ET
13 years ago

Obama raises cash in Indiana

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Obama raised cash for congressional candidates Sunday in Indiana."](CNN) - Call him Fundraiser-in-chief.

Before heading home from Indiana yesterday, following his commencement address at The University of Notre Dame, the president stopped off in Indianapolis for two political fundraisers.

About 40 people attended a $15,000-per-couple event for the Democratic National Committee, which raised between $300,000 and $400,000 for the party. Some 650 people packed a second fundraiser, for four Indiana Democratic congressmen. Tickets for that even ranged from $250 to $5,000 per person.

Indiana native John Mellencamp performed at the larger fundraiser. For Mellencamp, it was a return to politics. The rock legend took to the stage at Obama campaign events last year during the Indiana primary.

Last November, Obama became the first Democratic presidential candidate to win Indiana since 1964.

Reflecting on that victory, the president told the crowd that, "I know that I'm here tonight because of you, and folks like you across this country who made the phone calls, and knocked on the doors, and registered voters, and dug deep and gave whatever you could, because you were hungry for new ideas and new leadership and a new kind of politics."

Sunday night's events were the first fundraisers Obama has attended outside Washington since becoming president in January. Obama is scheduled to team up with Sen. Harry Reid for a fundraiser for the Senate Majority Leader next week in Las Vegas. Reid is up for re-election next year.

According to local reports, some 100 people protesting Obama's economic policies demonstrated outside the downtown Indianapolis hotel where the two fundraisers were held.

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  1. Mari( maybe one of my comments will be posted)

    Thank you, Indiana! We the vile campaign that the GOP has already launched (it will only get worse the closer we get to 2012) President Obama will need every dollar! And he can count on us, the donate monthly to his campaign as we did last time!

    Obama 08 &12!

    Hope Won!

    May 18, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  2. Sara in the South

    Harry Reid is up for re-election? Hum, I wonder if I can move to Vegas until after the next election. Then I can vote for the other person. I don't care who's running against Dirty Harry. They can't be any worse then he is.

    May 18, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  3. Davis

    Smart people in Indiana.

    May 18, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  4. Rob

    Maybe he should raise some funds to shut Biden up before he gives away any more secrets. Or maybe he'll want to put some money aside to take care of the other major embarrassment to the Democratic party, 'lyin' Nany Pelosi. Between those two and Obama realizing the job is more difficult than his lib puppet masters told him it would be, this party is truly showing themselves to be the idiots they are. After they lose control of Congress in 2010, and lose the White Hose in 2012, Dems won't even be able to make it onto county boards, unless they're in crooked places like Chicago.

    May 18, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  5. dennis

    Isn't obama such a colorful man way to go pres.

    May 18, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  6. Carl Spackler

    John Mellencamp performed at the fundraiser. 'Nuff said.

    May 18, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  7. Kyle, MD

    Great, when he's ready to run again, I'll be ready with my money.

    May 18, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  8. elliott

    That's sad...the midwest used to be known for traditional values......wake up comrades.

    May 18, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  9. steve

    At this rate of demonstration and protest, the republicans party would turn into a joke by the time President Obama completes his 8 years of successful presidency.

    May 18, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  10. Marge

    Gee every time you of the MSM post this article you raise the number of protesters. My sister told me there was a little over a handful...I got it, show up and count my winnings at the slots, you could make the ten dollars multiply to 1,000.

    May 18, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  11. TCM

    call him anything you like; – except a leader. We need a real president, a real leader, who doesn't snivel and cave to the minority left agenda aided by the liberal left media, and to foreign influences often backed by terrorist funding. Between the media and liberal radical groups across the country, it gives the appearance that the country's "left." However, come next fall, when Congress turns over to conservatives, Obama's spending and careless running of the country into the ground will cease, and he'll actually be shown the lame duck he's always been. He"ll show, more frequently his pouty side; that he's shown when he doesn't get his will be a much deserving "outing," of this fraud....
    Good, hardworking, conservative, TRUE Americans just need to stand fast, and hopefully the country will be made American again, ridding ourselves of this fiasco administration.

    May 18, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  12. Mississippi Mike

    Unions owe him big-time and there are a lot of union members in Indiana so this comes as no surprise. Obama is already trying to campaign for the 2012 elections. Sometimes I wonder if all of the sudden the political establishment is going to say, "Just kidding, Obama and Bided aren't really the team you put in the White House. You guys are a bunch of suckers!"

    Sadly though, I think that we really may have elected a president determined to destroy the foundations of our nation to build it the way liberals have wanted it for the last 30 years or so and a vice president who is as trustworthy as a pre-teen girl who knows who her sister has a crush on.

    May 18, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  13. Lori

    Good job Mr. President. Keep on raising money. O.k. I hope those Republican protesters who are protesting the President's economic policies are also against Charlie Crist's bid for the senate and are going to protest him. I cannot wait to attack those Republicans who support Crist but create protests against the President's stimulus bill. 2010 is going to be so much fun for us Democrats! P.S. Thanks Indiana for helping us elect our President.

    May 18, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  14. Baze

    The man is magnetic, plain and simple.

    May 18, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  15. Jim

    Perhaps the money could go to the auto-dealers and workforce losing jobs because of Washington management of the industry.

    May 18, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  16. shelby

    Are the taxpayers footing the bill for these trips or does the dem committee reimburse for the cost of air travel and lodging?

    May 18, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |

    Mississippi Mike- if you feel you can do a better job maybe you should run for commander and chief and see how that works out for you.

    May 18, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  18. Melissa

    Good for him.

    May 18, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  19. whaley41

    Dang! Ecomomy must be good for the democrats. I don't know anyone around here that could afford $15,000.00 or even $250.00 for a dinner. Please democrats, tell the people out of work and can't buy food that the economy is not that bad.

    May 18, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  20. sick of complainers

    @TMC comments.

    LMAO. You are just a hater, I love it when idiots like you blog all this dumb stuff that makes no sense and never give a us a real reason for your negative comments. Get a point then try to write something that does not look as though a 1st grader wrote, clown

    May 18, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  21. Lynn

    Marge: You are so right about CNN's exaggerations and outright distortions about the numbers of "protestors" at Notre Dam and the few hundred that were there are not evn attached to the university. They even contradicted their own "on the scene" reporters.

    May 18, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  22. 4 and The Door

    the president told the crowd that, "I know that I'm here tonight ...because you were hungry for new ideas and new leadership and a new kind of politics."

    What...he was rubbing in the fact that they didn't get what they thought they were voting for? That's just mean! He doesn't seem like a mean kind of person but if he said it with a smile he probably got away with it.

    May 18, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  23. Kevin in Ohio

    The endless campaign continues. Start doing your job, Obama.

    May 18, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  24. Bonnie

    Pelosi is NOT the issue. Torture is the issue-can we get back on topic?

    May 18, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  25. Bonnie

    Sorry, I was on the Gingrich/Pelosi page and meant to leave my comment there.

    May 18, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
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