Top names from NBA to help Obama raise campaign cash
October 11th, 2011
12:26 PM ET
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Top names from NBA to help Obama raise campaign cash

(CNN) - President Barack Obama heads to Florida Tuesday afternoon to help raise campaign cash for his 2012 bid for re-election. And he'll be helped by some top names from the world of professional basketball.

The president's first stop is a fundraiser at the Sheraton hotel in Orlando, where he will be the main attraction at a gathering of 450, according to a source with knowledge of the event. Tickets for the fundraiser range from $25 to $35,800, the legal limit an individual is allowed to contribute to a campaign per cycle and to a party committee per year. All the money raised at the fundraiser will go to the Obama Victory Fund, which is joint account of the Obama re-election campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

Later in the evening, Obama will headline a second fundraiser at a private residence in Lake Mary, Florida. The source tells CNN that approximately 300 guests will attend, including NBA all-star Grant Hill, hall-of-famer Patrick Ewing, and former all-star and current head coach Doc Rivers. Tickets for the second event start at $1,500 per person.

Hill was an early supporter of Obama's 2008 presidential campaign, even though his mother, Janet, went to college and shared a dorm suite with Hillary Clinton at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. Last year, Obama played a pick-up game of basketball with Hill at The White House on the president's 49th birthday.

The Obama campaign has until Saturday to report how much money it raised during the July through September third quarter of fundraising. The Obama Victory Fund brought in a record $86 million in the second quarter. The Obama re-election team is pointing toward a more modest haul of $55 million in the third quarter, due to a suspension of most fundraising efforts by the president and vice president during parts of July and August during negotiations over a debt deal and the budget, and the fact that fundraising traditionally suffers during the summer months.

– Editor Bryan Monroe contributed to this report.

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soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Maggie you're a predictable bore, but there a re MILLIONS of ALL colors to overcome you.
    Obama 2012

    October 11, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  2. R

    "This will drive some in the right wing crazy because most of them feel professional athletes are grossly over paid."

    Anyone with a shred of common sense will tell you these professional athletes are grossly over paid. The same can also be said for our political "leaders."

    October 11, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  3. Dan

    Here's what needs to happen. All those sports folks and all those Hollyweirds, singers, race baiters (which would include, but not limited to Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Sheila Jackson Lee) who support BO need to take ALL, not just a few thousand, but ALL their money and donate it BO's campaign treasure chest. In fact, let ALL the Obama supporters give ALL their money to his campaign. After all, nothing is too good for our 'Dear Leader", including ALL your money.

    October 11, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  4. JOE

    Even if he doesn't raise another penny, he'll still win by a landslide in 2012. All the lies and propaganda and hate being spread by the tearepugs aint goanna make a difference. There's a big difference between a midterm election and the general election. Obama/Biden by a landslide in 2012.

    October 11, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
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