Obama re-election campaign to set up shop in Chicago office tower
March 28th, 2011
02:57 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama re-election campaign to set up shop in Chicago office tower

(CNN) - When President Barack Obama sets up his 2012 re-election campaign, it will be headquartered in a downtown Chicago office building.

A Democratic source confirms to CNN that the re-election campaign will be housed in One Prudential Plaza, a skyscraper which faces the city's Grant Park, where Obama held his 2008 election night victory rally. The story was first reported earlier Monday by Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun Times.

The office tower, known to many as the Prudential Building, its original name, is about two blocks away from the building where Obama's 2008 presidential campaign was headquartered.

CNN reported earlier this month that the president will be back in his hometown on April 14, to headline a Democratic National Committee event. Obama has picked up the pace in attending political functions as his team lays the groundwork for his 2012 re-election bid.

The DNC is technically running the president's political operation until Obama registers with the Federal Election Commission as a 2012 presidential candidate, which will allow the campaign to begin raising money. Obama brought in a record breaking $750 million dollars in his 2008 campaign for president and could raise up to $1 billion for his re-election bid.

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. dtbart

    It would have been cool to have the HQ stationed at the Trump Tower, don't you think?

    March 28, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    $1 billion in 2008 and $2 billion in 2012 election campaign to be contributed for President Obama. Let's go Democrats, we can do it again.

    March 28, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  3. Shawn

    This is the best president of my lifetime and I can't wait to vote for him again. It's gonna be another Obama landslide. Obama 2012 all the way!

    March 28, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  4. Mikey

    ...and before someone makes a comment about how much money President Obama raised, his averge donation in the 2008 campaign was under $100 and his average donor gave less than $200. He had the most donations, the most donors, and the most volunteers of any presidential campaign in U.S. history. He didn't buy the election. We The People funded and drove his victory. And we WILL do it again in 2012 !!!!!!!!!!

    March 28, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  5. GMNewbold

    I remain a supporter of the President. I would encourage him to redouble his efforts to bring change to America.

    In particular, to be able to demonstrate to the American citizentry, how he has made politics more TRANSPARENT. Clear concise examples of how he has used the bully pulpit of the Presidency to bring accountability to those dysfunctional politicians that refuse to work together & compromise across idealogical divides and conduct themselves with honor and with dignity, will short-circuit right wing claims that his administration has not brought change to the tone of American Politics.

    Tangible evidence on these fronts will keep the independent voters with 2012 candidate Obama

    March 28, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  6. Lathene McDuffie

    Has anyone noticed, the more Our United States President Barack Oboma is criticized the stronger he becomes.
    If God be for us, who can be against us. It is very true.
    The best is yet to come.
    Stand tall Mr. President, and continue on your mission

    March 28, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  7. Thank You Mr. President

    And we look forward to your reelection. Now have at . . .

    March 28, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  8. S. In California - Obama 2012

    Go Mr. President OUR country needs you!

    March 28, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  9. Four and The Door

    At least he is picking a town that's used to a lot of wind.

    March 28, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  10. Name Creole

    let's do this Obama 2012!!!!

    March 28, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  11. jules sand-perkins

    The Prudential Building was the tallest structure in Chicago when I lived there to go to college. It has wonderful memories for me.
    So does Uno's...the Water Tower, Oak Street Beach, Orchestra Hall, State Street, the Pump Room–oh, for a time machine!
    Good vibes for the President's campaign!
    I'll help.

    March 28, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  12. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    This starts way too early. There is also way too much money involved in politics. It is a sad fact that more and more money is being pumped in to elections.

    March 28, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  13. jules sand-perkins

    Anybody remember George Diamond's in Chicago?
    The Red Star Inn?
    Cinemascope, and Rush Street on Saturday night?
    Another term for Obama!

    March 28, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  14. Sue

    He could not have picked a better place for his reelection campaign. Chicago......A beaming example of corruption, fraud, and ethical issues. Will William Ayers, Louis Farrakhan, Rev Wright, and Tony Rezko be part of his campaign staff?

    Obama is ONE AND DONE-it does not matter how much money he raises. The campaign motto for 2012 is going to be "ANYONE BUT OBAMA". Candidates will be running as the "anti-Obama". He no longer has the votes of Republicans and the majority of Independents. He is losing the votes of whites, Christian, and Jews-so a lot of moderate Dems will be sitting out the 2012 elections. His base is now mainly made up of the loony left-and he cannot win with just the support of the loony left.

    March 28, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  15. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    You can bet that the Koch brothers, big corporations, big oil, big health insurance companies, and foreign governments will not be donating to the president's campaign. They pretty much give their billions to republicans.

    March 28, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  16. juliei4

    I hope I can make the trip downtown Chicago via Metra and walk to the Obama headquarters to help out in 2012 just as I did in 2008. It was exciting to be a small part of the effort.

    March 28, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |