October 14th, 2009
01:34 PM ET
12 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.


Filed under: DNC • President Obama
soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. Tammy

    Fundraiser In Chief

    Can we hold another election to actual get a President concentrating on jobs, the economy, wars, debt.....................?

    October 14, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  2. John from LA

    Can this man EVER stay in DC and tackle the problems our country faces-His only ace in the hole is to ALWAYS campaign!!!!-HEY BO!!!!-You won-get off the trail and start your job already!!!-Let your fellow Dems hit the road!

    October 14, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  3. Mark

    Obama needs to STOP campaigning and get some things accomplished. He's been such a disgrace, thus far.

    October 14, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  4. JOBLESS IN IOWA

    Another photo op for a LIER, Obama LIES and LIES, He is a JOKE.

    Stimulus was a bunch of LIES and higher TAXES.

    HEY LIEING Obama, WHERE ARE THE JOBS?

    No Jobs all LIES. HIGHER TAXES and now HEALTH CARE FINES.

    October 14, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  5. Amazing

    Campaigner in Chief at it again. Campaigning at Tax payers expense. CNN waiting for a report on how much travel expenses this administration has racked up for us little people to pay.

    October 14, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  6. File under "Sarcasm"

    I guess other less important issues like Afghanistan, Iran, etc will have to wait while the Supreme Politician raises cash for his party. That's why we elected him, right; to ensure the re-election of all the other Democrat incumbents so they wouldn't lose their power, prestige and government healthcare package? Maybe if he raises enough money, they'll forget what he promised them he'd do when he campaigned last year.

    October 14, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  7. sifto77

    If he needs cash–he could probably borrow from his "nemesis" Rush–he has lots of money.

    October 14, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  8. Franky, Land of Lincoln

    Good lord, that's a whole lot of dough for having a couple of fundraiseers. By the way, who donates this kind of money? I guess it must have to been people with money, to say the least.

    Is no secret, my boy is money in the pocket for many elected Democrats who wanna have the materials necessary to win and ironically, some, not all of these people are the same people who ain't comaplining much, but talking much. And specifically, these are the same people who are buying our elected officials while they hope and just hope they can get something done and so far, nothing hasn't really been done.

    I don't know but what about spreading that wealth instead to us, huh? 🙂

    October 14, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  9. Tim

    Why are we, the taxpayers paying for the President (of any party) to fly cross country to raise money for his party. That is fraud, waste and abuse in every sense of the word. Air Force One, security and his entourage are EXPENSIVE!

    October 14, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  10. ?

    Doesn't he have more important things to do?

    October 14, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  11. Glen Beck is Rush Limbaugh's Evil Spawn

    I'm going to beat all of the Republican'ts to the punch:

    Why doesn't Obama, (or Obozo, or Nobami, or whatever the insulting name-of-the-day is), just stay in his office and solve all of our problems instead of campaining all the time! He's already been in office for 10 months and he hasn't fixed everything our beloved Bushie screwed up! Socialist! Facist! ACORN-lover!

    Does that about sum it up?

    October 14, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  12. Ron

    Here is a novel idea for the Preident. Stay in Washington and do the job we hired you to do. There are way too many important issues at hand for our country for you to still be out on the campaign trail.

    October 14, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  13. penny

    This is wrong on so many levels. The Commander-in-Chief is not to be devoting his time to fundraising. Ever since Obama was elected, he has been campaigning – this is not presidential or appropriate. Also, how can he possibly ask the American people for donations, when many are unemployed. This is another duty he is neglecting – helping create jobs in our country. Instead, he's apologizing for everyhing we stand for. Disturbingly ironic – on so many levels.

    October 14, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  14. Steph

    To anyone who posts that the president should stay in Washington and get back to work, please chill out. Every president has done this. AND we do have technology that allows The President of the United States to continue working while he's traveling.

    I'm glad we have a president who is out meeting with people and working towards the changes we elected him to make. I don't want someone who hides in the oval office (or spends tons of time at some secluded ranch).

    October 14, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  15. La'Shari Mann

    I think its good that the president is able to help raise money for different funrasiers. That means people is surrport him and the choices he makes. My thing is can he rasie money like this to help people who need health care. Can he rasie money to get new schools. To be honest I think the question is not can but will he get money to surpport the things that this great country need.

    October 14, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  16. Dar

    Kind of funny that the Dems have debt and the Rebublicans are debt free. I guess the Dems are waitng for the stimulas money to help them out. But wait Odumbo is riding in on his horse ( Air Force One that we all pay for) to save the day! Dems sure do like debt dont they. So who do you want taking care of your money little kool aid sippers?
    god Bless All

    October 14, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    This is the job that most politician excell at. It is their primary concern. Building the party warchest and controlling more power. He and all elected officials should spend their time working for the people and not figuring out how to suck enough oney out of us so as to stay in power.

    Ron Paul!!!

    October 14, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  18. john

    Why not raise some csh for me and all the other hardworking people you are about screw over!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 14, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  19. Linda C in Cal

    Absurd! The "Campaigner-in-Chief" does not like to work! I guess he'd rather spend time traveling the world and raising money for his party.

    He should be out raising money for all those poor Americans out of work!

    October 14, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  20. Shirley In California

    Before you start – yes, he is fundraising because that's what HE wants to do. Live with it.

    October 14, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  21. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    DOW hits10,000 for first time since 10/08. I bet the republicans won't give the President any credit for bringing us back from the brink.

    October 14, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  22. Thank you President Obama

    Very glad the president is doing this -

    GOPs have shown they can't be compromised with and are immune to reason– we have to crush them in the 2010 election, again. This is statistically hard to do in a mid-term but we need to let the Dems know that despite their strategic incompetence they are basically on the side of what the american people want.

    October 14, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  23. Obama its time to move on

    Obama does not understand a simple factor, that he is the President and time to govern...campaign-time is over and work what he says a full plate to handle....remember promises to keep...two wars..economy in shambles, etc,etc,,,,Time for Country first, people next and party finances the very last worry...!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 14, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  24. jayjohn

    I hope the DNC is paying for the cost of this fund raising trip of
    Obama's.

    October 14, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  25. Vic of New York

    I donated. You should too. This is the best deal America has had in a generation and it's not going to get any better.

    The Right-Wing nuts and GOP xenophobes are nervous for a reason. They see America is changing for the better – without them – and they hate that. I say too bad. They're sending up all the Red-Herring arguments to try to derail the rest of the country. They are funded by big-business and the greedy executives and banks that want to keep things the way they were.

    If want Change, don't blow it now. Go all-in with both feet because it may be a long time before the wheel comes round again.

    October 14, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
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