October 14th, 2009
01:34 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama goes cross-country to help raise cash

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(CNN)– President Obama is going coast to coast to help raise money for fellow Democrats.

The president will be the main attraction Thursday night in San Francisco at a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee. The dinner and reception at the Westin St. Francis hotel is expected to bring in around $3 million, according to a Democratic source.

Next week Obama heads north for another DNC fundraiser, scheduled to headline a top-dollar dinner at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York City on Tuesday, October 20, according to different Democratic source.

When it comes to campaign cash, the DNC trails its Republican counterpart. As of the beginning of September, the DNC reported $15 million cash on hand, with debt of more than $5 million. The Republican National Committee reported $21 million in the bank, as of September 1, with no debt. The DNC and RNC could release their September fundraising figures as early as Thursday.

The president is also the main attraction at a Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee-Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee joint fundraiser in Miami on October 26.

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soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. Think before you speak

    Why doesn't he take that cash and put it toward health care or the deficit or something? We've seen that it matters not which of these lame parties is in charge in Washington, they can't do anything right.

    Why prefer one candidate over another? Why campaign to send a different brand of clown to DC? They're all incompetent schmucks and nothing ever gets done. How much money has been wasted in each of these efforts health care ads and lobbying, campaigns?

    October 14, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  2. Jeremy

    This sounds about right, our country is bankrupt, our president put 787 billion dollars on our U.S. credit card which we will never pay off, and will ruin our children's lives, our troops are being killed everyday in afganistan because Obama sent them there, More people are losing thier homes now than when the bubble burst, over 30 million people unemployed, we are on the verge of passing a health bill that has already failed in Massachusetts and Tennessee which will take half a trillion dollars away from all of our grandparents and be given to able bodied childless adults who choose not to work or buy health insurance so they can have free health care (because they contribute so much to our society), and our president is spending millions of taxpayer dollars to fly around the country to shmooze and laugh it up with shady democratic campaign doners. Thanks Obama, what a mistake you have turned out to be.

    October 14, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  3. Amazing

    Shouldn't he be in the White house making those hard decisions on Afghanistan? What about unemployment and the economy? His failed stimulus did nothing to keep unemployment below 8%, like he promised. This empty suit knows nothing about business. How could he, hasn't had a real job.

    October 14, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  4. Barbara - Atlanta

    Mr. President, we would love for you to come to Atlanta. 🙂

    October 14, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  5. Wanted: President of the US

    Geez, will you get off the campaign trail and do something to earn the public's adoration!!

    October 14, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  6. IndyVoter

    Good for him.....and please don't start with that..."he needs to be doing his job and working on the economy" crap. He has been doing his job, and doing it WELL and his critics have fought him at every turn. So, do your thing Mr. President and help those who have supported you and supported the policies that are going to help average Americans...We support you!

    October 14, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  7. Jack

    How much is this trip costing the tax payer? I would hope that the Democratic Party is paying for this trip, in full to include Secret Service, airplane fuel and personnel costs, food, fuel, etc. I don't want my tax money paying for the President who should be working going out and raising money for any political party. Call him and tell him to make sure not one penny of tax payers' money is used! Yeah, right Obama the flim flam man....

    Isn't there something else he should be doing?

    October 14, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  8. db

    Out there earning that Peace Prize.

    October 14, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  9. Enough

    Doing the only thing he knows.........campaigning. Easier than being president and running the country, too bad people didn't have the intelligence to see this man for what he really is, before they cast their hopeful ballot. How much is this trip costing us, since price is no object for this president? Obama needs to go back to school and take some business classes, maybe he will learn when the check book is empty, you quit writing checks.

    October 14, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  10. Typical Republican

    The Dow has hit 10000. This is all Obama's fault.

    I miss the days of a declining dow market, watching the country go to hell and my life savings dwindle! Obama has made our stocks go up. See, his stimulus didn't work! It's ruining the economy so bad that the stock market is back up to 10000. We all know this is a bad thing!

    October 14, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  11. Independant Vet

    Why should the Taxpayers have to pay this do nothing , done nothing correct . Fly apound drumming up cash ?

    Just one time , some one trip him up . Uh , and tell him , YOU BARRACK , Are letting military begging, out of work people , begging . You have flood Victims , that have never heard from you . Peolple Homes are begging . and you are on the prowl , like a casterated bull dog , whinning about the dnc , needs your help.

    YOUR BIG CHANGE IS COMING , GO BACK TO YOUR SOUTH SIDE . And play with you dolls. By now they probabley don't want you either.

    SHAME ON YOU , Barrack Hussien .

    October 14, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  12. FED UP

    Why waste time raising money? Just print some more. he has already pumped an extra 12% of our GDP in cash into our laps this year. Of course the Dow will hit 10,000. Then inflation will kick in and it will hit 7,000 again. This recession is far from over. This is just a honeymoon.

    October 14, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  13. Delores smith

    My family and i love and respect the president he is doing a great job we support and stand by you mr.president.

    October 14, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  14. Idiot_Pelosi

    The CROOK needs to raise more cash?

    What bribes are you passing out now?

    October 14, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  15. Susan

    very disappointing.........still campaigning........he needs to become mature now.

    October 14, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  16. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Will the president actually being doing some campaigning for his health care reform, cap-and-trade, or other major legislative agenda items? I hope so. I dislike it when the president (any of them) rally the troops of his own party. I don't mind them raising money for their party; it just shouldn't be done on my dime.

    October 14, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  17. Barry In Las Vegas

    He can keep spending our tax dollars campaining but the bottom line is the Democrats are going to lose a lot of seats in the House and a few Senate seats as well – starting with my home town senartor – Harry Reid.

    October 14, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  18. J.P.

    Don't bother... stay at home and save MY tax money you'll spend flying in MY Air Force One.

    The entire Socialist party is going to be permanently mothballed in 2010. If you think 1994 was a doozy, you have no idea the tsunami that's getting ready to descend on the snake pit of DC, and wash all the snakes out to sea. It's going to make 1994 look like the shift change at the Quicky Mart.

    October 14, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  19. phoenix86

    Back on the campaign trail.

    Read away, Barack-o, read away......

    October 14, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  20. Mike in Dallas

    OBAMA-BIDEN 2012
    STRAIGHT DEM Ticket 2010

    Repubs Dont Love America, Only Money.

    October 14, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  21. T

    What? Going around trying to raise money of those of us that are out of work due to the circus in DC? How about get back there and do your job that all the uneducated voted you into office to do? I may not have a Masters or Doctorate in any field, but I sure know that taking more money (from taxpayers) to pay for programs (which will end up supporting illegals anyhow) that are broken from the word go is NOT good for the American people! You have no right to be pissing away more money on bad ideas and blowing hot air to try and cover up your incompetence!

    October 14, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  22. Gale

    Dems, look out in 2010. It didn't take long for people to see what the "Change" was really about.

    October 14, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  23. RCasson

    Get that money Mr. President!!! LOL.

    October 14, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  24. Moses

    So glad we are all being asked to cut back and sacrifice our energy use. What about you Mr. President? Didn't I read it costs hundreds of thousands of dollars to take you and your security people on Air Force One? Oh I see, it's do as I say not as I do. Thanks alot, BO.

    October 14, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
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