President ends busy day with fundraisers
May 16th, 2011
12:32 PM ET
11 years ago

President ends busy day with fundraisers

Washington (CNN) - After a travel-filled day, President Barack Obama ends his day with some pure politics.

The president will headline two fundraisers in the nation's capitol Monday night. The first is a dinner at the St. Regis hotel in downtown Washington, with the second a reception at the Capitol Hilton, which is located across the street from the St. Regis.

A Democratic source with knowledge of the events says approximately 650 people will attend the two events, and adds that Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the new chair of the Democratic National Committee, will introduce the president at the reception.

Also helping to introduce Obama is Ernie Green, a member of the "Little Rock Nine," a group of African-Americans who in 1957 were the first black students ever to attend classes at Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Tickets for the two events range from $44 to the legal maximum limit of $35,800 that an individual can contribute for both the primary and the general election. The money raised will go to the Obama Victory Fund, with the proceeds being shared by both the president's re-election campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

The president announced on April 4 that he was setting up his re-election campaign. A week later he personally kicked off his fundraising drive by headlining three events in his hometown of Chicago. He was also the main attraction at fundraisers in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City, and last week, Austin, Texas.

Obama shattered all records by raising nearly $750 million in his bid for the White House in 2008.

Earlier Monday, the president headed to Memphis, Tennessee to meet with families impacted by the Mississippi River flooding, along with state and local officials, and first responders and volunteers.

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Filed under: Debbie Wasserman Schultz • DNC • President Obama
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country (the real deal)

    Any lobbyists in this group of people? Will a complete list of the names of donors be disclosed along with how much they gave? If they are government contractors or union lackeys will that also be disclosed?

    May 16, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  2. Dave, Central Illinois

    Meanwhile the debt limit looms, thousands of families face homelessness due to flooding, one war is still raging while another is winding down, the second to last shuttle mission just started and still no replacement for the fleet...
    Before you Libs start to rant about my post – ask yourself: what if this were Bush? Please asnwer honestly...

    May 16, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    @Democrat Class Warfare – Destroying the economy, destroying the country (the real deal)
    Any lobbyists in this group of people? Will a complete list of the names of donors be disclosed along with how much they gave? If they are government contractors or union lackeys will that also be disclosed
    I dunno. Buy a ticket and find out for us.

    May 16, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  4. NVa Native

    Honestly – we all know if Bush/Cheney were still in power we'd be a third world country by now. And the foolish deceptions and lies from the treatards and fox followers can't make that go away. Look where Bush eight year asault on America has brought us.
    Sorry Dumb & Dumber (Dave & real deal) the majority see you all for what you are.

    May 16, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  5. California Conservative

    What else is new?

    Will "transparency" be the word of the election/donations? I doubt it.

    May 16, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  6. Hammerer

    Obama said that he has a plan for jobs, economy, the debt, immigration, healthcare, and all of the problems that America faces today.
    Is it not about time for some leadership?
    The media touts the decision Obama made on Osama as being a brave move.
    The time is here for Obama to do more than talk, campaign and blame the Republicans.

    May 16, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  7. Dean

    Guess we can forget about Obama doing anything about jobs until the campaign is over. What a loser!!

    May 16, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  8. DC Insider

    Hey everyone, the President has to shore up his war chest somehow for 2012. I am glad he has his priorities straight.

    May 16, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    ask yourself: what if this were Bush? Please asnwer honestly...
    Honestly, there's just no comparison.

    May 16, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  10. Fed Up

    Hmmm. He has time for golf and fundraising, but not for the memorial service for fallen police officers, and their families. It is so good to know that he has priorities.

    May 16, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  11. Name king

    Well, the president can't do nothing since the repugs came in and took over congress,last year when the dems had congress bills were being past left and right. Now the country is at a stagnate. While other countries past us by on infrastructure. The repugs refuse to spend any money to gain jobs, and modernize our infrastructure. I gave trump two points in his hellafied rants. These were the need to put pressure on the oil companies for them to stop raping the American people, which repugs tried to defend as usual, and comparing America's dying infrastructure to the uptic in the modernized world. When will you repugs stop taking our country back into the middleage, and work on jobs, so that America can come out of this debt crisis.

    May 16, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  12. gt

    i wish he would spend more time on job creation instead of raising money for his next run ...

    May 16, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  13. Marry

    @ Dave, Central Illinois
    If Bush were still there, we’d be all getting our food from the soup-kitchen by now! It is the Presidents and the Democrats relentless work that put a stop to the downturn and is working to bring the country back. (Of cause without any help from the party of “NO-HELL NO”) However, you would be expecting a bit much if the President should get in order what took the GOP a decade to mess up!
    So, thank you Mr. President! Well done!!!

    May 16, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  14. Scott in Atlanta

    @Dave, Central Illinois: If it were Bush... Your comments would be nil on the debt, because he raised the limit 7 times and not a peep from "conservatives". You'd probably have the "Mission Accomplished" photo as the screensaver on your desktop... Never questioning yourself as to why we were in Iraq in the first place. And if these old shuttles start to just fall out of the sky, I'm sure you'd blame that on Obama too, huh? Actually all the shuttles that did fall out of the sky, did so under Republican presidents, after their budgets were slashed, right? LOL... "What if it were bush?..." That's rich...

    May 16, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  15. bill

    Doesn't this guy have a job to do?

    May 16, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  16. Dot

    Dave, Central Illinois – "Before you Libs start to rant about my post – ask yourself: what if this were Bush? Please asnwer honestly"

    When Bush (and every other two term president) was running for re-election he did it to. It's called campaigning for re-election. Honestly. And by the way, Dave, not every one who supports the President is a "lib". Honestly.

    May 16, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  17. Kingfisher

    @Dave – I'd say there's a reason that they all go gray so fast, and it's not the fundraising dinners. I sure didn't like a lot of Bush's decisions, but I've got immense respect for him for carrying out the hardest job in the world. 24/7/365... I'd try to slip in a little fun now and then too. He didn't quit and, right or wrong, I can admire any politician who does what they think is best for the nation when the polls of their constituents are stacked against them. He didn't often act according to my interests, but he deserves that praise nonetheless. And so does Obama.

    May 16, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  18. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Dave, the question to ask is exactly what is the Republican Congress doing and what have they accomplished other than campaigning.

    May 16, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    In response from Dave, Central Illinois – If this was Bush there would have no dicision about Shuttle missions and we would have still pumping money into a defunct program with absolutely no replacement program in site, we would still have been just involved in the War in Iraq had not candidate Obama convinced the American public and officials in Iraq we needed to start to withdraw and to immediately planning for that withdrawl, we wouldn't not FEMA heavily involved in recovery actions for those homeless families (the media's lead stories would be about unprepared we were with Homeland security) and congress would have already voted to extend our debt limits and with none of the wars and most assuredly funding for FEMA not even appearing in the budget! Basically I believe we would be in a full recession and would have had even more tax reductions for people making five million dollars a year or more (you know John McCain's middle class families).

    May 16, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  20. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    This is one problem with our system - it requires money to get elected.

    @ Dave - I'd still be complaning about the need to raise money to get elected. I just don't think Bush paid as much attention to these issues as Obama has. I am not saying that he is doing a great job at getting them resolved, but that does require cooperation from the GOP.

    May 16, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  21. New Age Independant

    Wow, here's a surprise. Obama campaigning... Like he's stopped over the past three years? I guess since that's the only thing he's really good at, then he should stick with it.

    May 16, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  22. Bob in PA

    Fundraising, the only thing that keeps BO's mind occupied.

    May 16, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  23. NC

    He shows how arrogant he really is by campaigning while America is suffering due to his socialist spending ways. Vote this no good hopey changey spending liberal out in 2012.

    May 16, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |