Obama main attraction at fundraisers Monday night
August 8th, 2011
02:38 PM ET
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Obama main attraction at fundraisers Monday night

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama turns his attention to campaign politics Monday night, as he headlines two events for the Democratic National Committee and his re-election campaign.

According to the White House schedule, the president first attends a gathering of approximately 140 guests at a private residence in the nation's capital. A DNC official says proceeds from the $15,000 per family gathering will go to the Obama Victory Fund, with the money raised shared by the president's re-election campaign and DNC.

A source with knowledge of the event says it's being held at the home of Don and Katrina Peebles. Don Peebles is a real estate entrepreneur and sits on the Obama campaign's national finance committee.

The president then heads to the St. Regis Hotel to meet with approximately 60 guests. While not a fundraiser, a source says the gathering is a donor outreach event.

Last week Obama was the main attraction at two birthday-themed fundraisers in Chicago. The events were held on the eve of the president's 50th birthday. The fundraisers were Obama's first since the start of the third quarter of fundraising on July 1. His last event prior to the Chicago fundraisers on June 30th was in Philadelphia.

Obama's reelection campaign and the DNC raised a combined $86 million between April and June, blowing past the combined $60 million goal set by both groups at the start of the second quarter. Of the $86 million raised, the campaign said over $47 million went into the coffers of Obama for America and more than $38 million went to the DNC.

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. FedUp

    Of course he is fund-raising. We have just had 30 servicemen killed, and the credit of the US has been down-graded. What else would he be doing after his weekend at Camp David?

    August 8, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  2. Fair is Fair

    This is getting sickening.

    August 8, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  3. gt

    if he work as hard on job growth as he does raising money for the next election ... we would not be in this mess...

    August 8, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  4. Louisiana Man

    Great news! All systems GO and triumph on President Obama to govern another four yrs.

    August 8, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  5. ingrid

    thanks tea party for hurting our economy further. Your destructive tactics are working. Well done.

    August 8, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  6. Larry L

    Americans who have had enough of the Tea Party terrorism need to dig deep and help President Obama fight for all of us – not just right-wing radicals.

    August 8, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  7. Bill

    The man can't govern but he sure can fundraise.

    August 8, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  8. Peter E

    George W. Bush spent as much time on vacation as all 20th century presidents combined. The rest of the time he spent largely campaigning and raising money. (not necessarily for himself, much of it for other republican politicians) This happened throughout his presidency even as the economy continued to struggle under his first term and we were at war. As he plunged us into the current recession he barely lifted his finger again, except to just approve the huge bailouts his banking buddies were asking for.

    Michelle Bachmann, who has been at the top of the polls for republican candidates who have announced their run, has been absent from Washington DC for most of the debt ceiling debate, only issuing her opinion at fundraising and campaign events during that time. She then made the 'huge sacrifice' of interrupting her fund raising events by finally returning to DC for the actual vote, showing up for one day of the work she's actually paid for by taxpayers. She has been the darling of the Tea Party that kept bullying Congress and delaying the resolution of the crisis until it was too late and credit agencies started dropping us despite the vote.

    But I am sure it's Obama's fundraising events that are objectionable...

    August 8, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  9. Dave

    A true definition of Taste: Go to a high $$ fund raiser when the rest of us are coming to grips with the stock market tumbling, and worried about what flavor of cat food goes best with generic cherry kool-aid.

    August 8, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  10. DebbiefromVA

    Turns his attention to campaigns? When has he stopped campaigning?

    August 8, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  11. Bill from GA

    I'm sure the comments section of this article will fill with the hate-Obama nutjobs claiming he should be "leading the nation" rather than fundraising, while the worthless Congress is on vacation.

    Our President can not lead if Congress will not follow. As long as Congress can block Obama's agenda and still blame him for failing (IE, as long as Americans are idiots), Congress will do so. mcconnell and others say that the dems control the Senate; that is not true as long as the repugs 'filibuster' any progressive action from the dems.

    If Americans want to blame our President for failing, Americans should first let him have his way. When President Obama first took office, the dems had control of the House and a Super-Majority in the Senate, and the economy went from LOOSING over 750,000 jobs per month to positive job gains; from MINUS 6% GDP to PLUS 4% GDP. That is what the dems can do when they have control. After Senator Kennedy's seat went to a repug, ending the dems' Super-Majority in the Senate, the repugs have done nothing but block the dems, and that was when the economic progress slowed.

    August 8, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  12. Hammerer

    Shows what Obama's real concerns really are!
    If he only would put half as much effort into solving jobs and economy. But he would only make matters worse. So I guess the best thing for America is for Obama to stay out of the way and play golf for a couple of years, until we can send him home.

    August 8, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  13. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    Why are all these people wasting their money supporting this abject failure for another 4 years in the Whitehouse???? Are they purposely trying to destroy this country????

    August 8, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  14. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Democrats united, we've got President Obama's back.

    August 8, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  15. ricky vee

    i cannot believe this guy. The country is in bad shape and all he cares about is re-election when its pretty clear at this point that Obama is a one termer.

    August 8, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  16. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I would hope that Obama can get some cooperation out of Congress. Those that claim to be a part of the tea party movement should learn that being solely ideological isn't good for the country and will hurt us in the short and long term. Civility and cooperation needs to worked on by the GOP more than Obama or the Democrats.

    August 8, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |