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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  1. Dan

    People do not understand what they do:
    -Obama is still campaigning and raising money (election is over)...
    -UN report writer does not understand a legitimate state (Israel) has right to fight terrorists that break all rules and by limiting countries to act as needed for their defense it helps the ones that want this country eliminated (the likes of Iran's Ahmadinajad).

    What a world of people who do not understand what they do or do not do!?!?!

    September 30, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  2. John

    Obama is the Best.
    Bush was the Worst.

    Go Obama Go ———– You are the President because we Voted you.

    September 30, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  3. Peter

    Go mr. President and may you raise millions

    September 30, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  4. snood

    Is this all this guy does is Campaign & lobby. whow about we accomplish something. Now Iam understanding why half his senate votes where present

    September 30, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  5. Obama Victim

    Obozo is a great fund raiser.....and a great campaigner...what a shame he is such a crap president

    September 30, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
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