September 30th, 2009
03:57 PM ET
11 years ago

Obama to help DGA rake in half million bucks

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama wears the fundraiser-in-chief hat Thursday, as he headlines an event for the Democratic Governors Association.

The fundraiser at the St. Regis hotel in Washington is expected to rake in around a half a million dollars, according to a source at the DGA.

The event will be Obama's first for the DGA since his inauguration. Because the president refuses contributions from political action committees and registered lobbyists, those donations will not be accepted for the event.

Thirty-nine states will hold contests for governor between now and November 2010. Democrats will be defending 21 of those seats, starting with elections in five weeks in New Jersey and Virginia. While the campaigns in both of those states concentrate on local issues and the candidates themselves, they're also partially viewed as an early referendum on the Obama presidency. Obama has traveled to both states to campaign personally with the candidates, New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine and Creigh Deeds, a state senator from Virginia.

The DGA raised a record-breaking $11.6 million in the first half of the year. But their GOP counterpart, the Republican Governors Association, outraised them by around $600,000 during that same time period.

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soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Tim

    Obama is the new Billy Mayes, he's always selling something.

    September 30, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  2. Steph

    How refreshing, a politician who refuses money from registered lobbyists and PACs. Thank you President Obama for leading by example.

    September 30, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |

    Since Obama, the Democrates and some Republicans LIED about the Stimulus, taxes and JOBS, It will be a cold day in hates before they will ever see a cent from me and maybe the rest of the American people should think about not paying their taxes as most of Obama's administration does.

    September 30, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  4. victim of republican greed

    Keep 'em blue. Better dead than red.

    September 30, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  5. mike

    Isn't it interesting that the very people Obama said would not be influencing his admistration are the ones he cozies up to; to the tune of $500,000 !! typical lib... say one thing, then when in office, do another...

    September 30, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  6. Mississippi Miss

    If people have been paying attention (and believe me they have).

    This is the computer age after all, and many are networking to get out the real truth about President Obama. Yes this is a 'vast right wing conspiracy', to take back the country, rebuild America with common-sense solutions. You only have to dust off any area that President Obama has touched.. to find a fingerprint of insane policies to propagate an ideaology not shared by free thinking Americans.

    When stay-at-home-Moms and senior citizens show up at town halls, with copies of HR3200 in hand... yes you can be sure those hands will rise to the occasion in order to vote out anyone remotely connected to this administration (aka the Democrats). Sad for them, oh so glad for

    September 30, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  7. John in Denver

    I pulled up to see what the latest was with Jon's Kate Plus Eight and I ran across this crap. What a load of nonsense.

    September 30, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  8. Gary

    The Democrats raise taxes too much. Here in Pennsylvania we are sick of Rendell and fed up with him always trying to raise taxes. He won't compromise on our state Budget and the only other thing that interests him besides raising taxes is bringing more casinos to pennsylvania. NO MORE DEMOCRATIC GOVERNORS PLEASE!!!

    September 30, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  9. Fed Up

    Obama should be head of the DNC.............NOT the country. All he does is campaign, campaign and campaign some more. There are important issues HE needs to deal with and instead he out campaigning and jetting off for the Olympics.

    September 30, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  10. Tammy

    More Fundraising?

    Appearing on Letterman, catching a plane with Oprah, playing golf, campaining (still).........does this guy have a day job involved with creating jobs, restoring the economy, talking to his Generals, dealing with Iran, protecting Israel from nukes?

    September 30, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  11. An Ex-NC-Pub

    That's great news... Steele will accuse him of being an atheistic, communist, facist, dictator

    September 30, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  12. Never Repub Again

    Go Obama. That why the Lobbyists hate you b/c they cannot control you. You are not the Corp Puppet Bush was. OBAMA-BIDEN 2012

    September 30, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  13. Steve (the real one)

    I thought he was told to butt out? Oh wait, I'm not a liberal, so why should I care?

    September 30, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  14. Four and The Door

    Yeah, but when you talk with President Obama about that amount he doesn't understand what it is until you convert to units he is comfortable with. It will raise $0.0005 billion for the Democratic Governors Association.

    September 30, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  15. Buster

    This money will be used to open the new ACORN offices in each state. After all, the liar in chief lost his biggest supporters and thugs.

    September 30, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  16. Dar

    IM really starting not to like this guy! Get off the campain trail and get to work Odumbo. If I played at work as much as this guy did I would be fired. What did we do and what were we thinking when we hired this guy. Not again, next time your out.
    God Bless All

    September 30, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  17. Wake Up

    NJ, IL, NY, Mass...4 liberal states in the most debt in the country...that's Obama's dream!! So, liberals, this is what you support? Debt, joblessness and inefficiency?? All 4 of these states are full of corruption, debt and awful services. Wake up!

    September 30, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  18. Dan, TX

    I am sure American people will vote all of them out including Barack Obama. Democrats are in power today and they are destroying/ bankrupting our country. No More democrats. Enough is enough.

    September 30, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  19. Never Repub Again

    Sounds like Repubs get upset when a real man steps into office. Get over it. It was PEOPLE that voted him in. Not corporations. I dont want Insurance Comanies running the country.

    September 30, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  20. Farrell in Houston

    Obama, 2012. Arizona and Texas will both go blue.

    September 30, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  21. No Hillary = No Obama

    I think Obama's calling was really as a fund raiser, not as a President. He's got that salesman way about him. It's just that when it comes to making the sale with Congress, foreign nations and the American people, he's in over his head.

    September 30, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  22. Stu

    Does he ever stop campaigning?

    September 30, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  23. Tim

    He's come a long way from bake sale coordinator.

    September 30, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  24. The Lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    It not so much the amount of the money raised, but rather where the money is coming from that influences our Elected Public servants. Our government is working for everyone but the people; they are in election mode 100% of the time, accepting money, gifts and favors from the lobbyists, PACs, Wall Street, Banks, global Corporations, auto industry and unions even foreign countries. The last thing on their mind is “We the People”. All of this money is coming from outside influences away from the voters in a state or congressional district, all looking to have favor of our Government. All of this bypasses the voter’s rights and the people’s ability to have real representation.

    September 30, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  25. phoenix86

    People should realize that in every "blue" state, the government pays out more than it takes in. That is the democratic base.

    Meanwhile, the "red" states continue to subsidize the "blue", while the president continues to demonize individual initiatives and hard work.

    We have become the Third World.

    September 30, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
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