October 26th, 2009
06:04 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama to help Democrats raise $1.5 million

President Obama spoke at a fundraiser for the DNC in New York City last week.

President Obama spoke at a fundraiser for the DNC in New York City last week.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama is the main attraction Monday night at a fundraiser in Miami for his party.

A Democratic source tells CNN that the reception and dinner will bring in $1.5 million for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and its House counterpart, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

A similar DSCC-DCCC joint event held in June in Washington and also headlined by Obama raked in nearly $3 million, according to party sources. Both the DSCC and DCCC out raised their Republican counterparts in September and both committees hold an edge over the Republicans when it comes to cash on hand.

The event in Miami is the latest in a string of fundraisers for Obama. The president headlined big dollar fundraisers in New York and San Francisco over the past two weeks for the Democratic National Committee and Friday he helped raise money for fellow Democrats Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts and Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut.

The Republican National Committee announced Monday that they would air a new Spanish language radio ad Monday through Wednesday in the Miami media market.

"President Obama and Vice President Biden are moving forward with a reckless government-run health care experiment that will have a devastating impact on American families," said RNC Chairman Michael Steele in a statement.

Steele says that despite Obama's "jam-packed fundraising schedule," the president should "find some time to explain to Florida's Hispanic-Americans the real consequences that the Democrats' plan will have on their community."

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soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. ib

    That's all that King Obama thinks about. He's worried about cap & trade but uses AF1 like it is his toy plane. Wonder if he ever thinks about the carbon footprint he's leaving??? Another Gore I think.

    October 26, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  2. D.

    Most of the time he raises money...
    Shooting for next year's Nobel prize in economics?

    October 26, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  3. Enough

    Campaigner in chief still at it, while the economy is in the toilet, unemployment has sky rocketed and our troops are dying in Afghanistan. Too busy flying around the country on tax payer provided jets just to raise money and make sure he stays in power. Yup, we figured there would be change, but not this. When nothing gets done he continues to blame Bush. Ah, what a job, do nothing, blame your predecessor and fly all over raising money!

    October 26, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  4. New Yorker

    Same old story the Campaigner in Chief is doing the only thing he can do while vacant from his elected position as President and the Hopefuls for Handouts continue to holler for "free" health care.

    October 26, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  5. Proud Member..Party of No

    I wouldn't pay a nickel to see Obama read from his teleprompter. I can just go back and re-read The Communist Manifesto to know what he is going to say.

    October 26, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  6. Mike in MN

    I just read in the Wall Street Journal that congress will increase spending by 12.1% in the 2010 budget. No doubt Obama will fully support and encourage it. So we just had a year of onyl 0.8% inflation, a 1.4 trillion budget deficit and Obama and congress want to increase government spending for 2010 by 12.1%. Why? The deficit wasn't big enough? How can they think 0.8 inflation justifies a 12.1% increase in government spending? People on Social Security got no increase because inflation was so low. Will any still working voters get a 12.1% pay raise in 2010? If the Obama and the Democrats do this, the 2010 elections should see every Democrat voted out of office and Obama should be impeached. That level of deficit spending will destroy the United States. It is reckless, irresponsible and dangerous.

    October 26, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  7. Artie

    Fools and their money are soon parted!

    October 26, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  8. Emmanuel Goldstein

    What does it say about Obama's image on the ground when Corzine can't bury a republican opponent in a state where the political corruption is so bad and so obvious (today, in Hudson County, someone I know (a republican) was told he couldn't vote absentee because his signature didn't match his signature. Really), and Obama has constantly campaigned for him?

    NJ whould be a walkover–Dems outnumber GOP, and certain counties won't even let republicans vote. Yet Christie is still hanging with Corzine even though he is outspent, outlobbied and out-campaigned. How bad is that?

    October 26, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  9. Justin

    I hear the king will let you shine his shoes for a small fee known as a tax hike. Let's all get in line!

    October 26, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  10. Fitz in Texas

    And to think some will still vote for Campaigner in Chief in 2012.....Carbon Footprint King better enjoy those very high dollar parties he has each week at the White House because come 2012 he'll be moving out.

    October 26, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  11. Chanel

    Democrats need to work on their own image and quit depending on the President to bail them out. Pass health reform and maybe they can do it on their own

    October 26, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  12. Joyce, FL

    Things haven't changed that much. President Obama is still a money making machine, and when it comes to fundraising, the Dems will deliver.

    Barack and Hillary alone, racked up so much money during the primaries–that money train hasn't gone anywhere. When the White House, the Senate and the House are on the line, we will deliver.

    Tea-bag that in your pocket.

    October 26, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  13. Missy, MI

    My checkbook is waiting to help the president any way I can. He's a great American and this is the best use of my money–shut the GOP tin foil teabagging deatheaters up.

    October 26, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  14. Jimmy Carter, Part 2

    Obama's Priorities

    Fundraising # 1
    Health Care # 2
    Golf # 3
    Jobs # 68
    Troops # 87

    October 26, 2009 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  15. joe smith

    this is the same guy who doesn't even know he was to receive a key financial report, ( Freddie Mac Report ) , by the end of May, , 2009. That report was NOT submitted, and neither he, or Mr. Geithner have a clue where it is..wheres' the transparency, and accountibility..

    October 26, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  16. Ridgeway

    Will he ever do anything that matters to all Americans? What about the troops to Afghanistan? That's more important than raising money for that bunch of hooligans.

    October 26, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  17. Brian from NJ

    Is this guy EVER at the White House doing his job? Just to fly Air Force One is about $70,000 per hour. This does not include all the other cargo planes and other equipment that follows the President when he travels. Why is the American taxpayer being forced to pay that kind of money for him to go raise money for a party that only 1/2 the country agrees with? Let the Democrats pick up the tab.... based on the amount they have raised so far this year, they should have no problem covering the cost to fly Obama all over the country... and yes, I complained when Bush did this too.

    October 26, 2009 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  18. cmb

    There are enough sour grapes in these comments to make a really sour wine for the whole Republican party. Jeez.

    October 26, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  19. kas

    I will make it a point to donate to the opponent of every candidate the ALL POWERFUL AND ALMIGHTY SOCIALIST RULER endorses.

    October 26, 2009 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  20. File under "Sarcasm"

    Let's hear it for the Campaigner in Chief! I thought we elected a President, not a talking bobble head doll who runs around the country campaigning for an office he's already won.

    October 26, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  21. marion/alabama

    Why did we not just elect Obama to be Campaign CZAR,that is all he does is campaign and stick his nose into state politics.Does he know where his office is? does he know he has an office?Does he know how much this is costing the Tax Payers for all this campaigning? Does He Care?

    October 26, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  22. Kate in SW Fla

    Republicans are obviously quite jealous over the fundraising abilities of the Democrats. When it was Bush partying and raising millions while destroying our economy, starting devastating wars, deregulating every high donar's industry in sight and giving tax cuts to billionares, they thought it was just fine.

    October 26, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  23. Jenn, Philadelphia

    CNN, have one of your staffers add up all the time in the last 10 months that the President has actually been in Washington DC, and I'm not just talking fundraisers. How many times did he "get out of the bubble" to sell some bill? Oh, you can't do that. If you report something he doesn't like, he'll probably stop talking to you.

    October 26, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  24. Albo58

    Pretty much goes without saying that the main stream media will not cover the thousands of protestors that will be outside this venue!

    October 26, 2009 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  25. Hammerer

    Obama can spend time playing golf, basketball, running around the country to raise funds or to open businesses, to campaign for Olympic games and that sort of thing.
    Where he when it comes time to make a decision? Unemployment at record highs with no relief in sight, national debt at record high, home forecloursers at record highs, families in crisis with their finances and our troops dying every day in a war with no support or direction.
    Obama needs too more than look presidentual.

    October 26, 2009 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
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