Obama raises $1.75 million in Florida
April 10th, 2012
09:54 PM ET
11 years ago

Obama raises $1.75 million in Florida

West Palm Beach, Florida (CNN) - In his first big trip of the second fund-raising quarter, President Barack Obama hauled in at least $1.75 million at three fund-raisers in Florida on Tuesday.

At all three campaign events - and during his one official event at Florida Atlantic University - the president told supporters that this election will feature one of the starkest contrasts in history between any two candidates running for president.

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At a lunchtime event, the president spoke at the private residence of former Raytheon Aircraft CEO Hansel Tookes in Palm Beach Gardens. Roughly 60 guests paid at least $10,000 a person to attend the event, and the president stuck mainly to familiar campaign themes.

"Our goal has not just been to make sure we didn't go into a depression, our goal is how do we build on the successes that are necessary for us to compete in this 21st century economy that's going to be tougher than ever," Obama said, after going through a list of his administration's accomplishments.

As he would do many times throughout the day, Obama used his lunchtime address to outline the competing campaign visions.

"The Democratic vision is one that says that free market is the key to economic growth, that we don't need to build government just for the sake of expanding its reach. But there are certain things we have to do - whether it's investments in education, or basic science and research, or caring for the most vulnerable among us and creating an effective safety net," Obama said.

The Republican vision, according to the president, is one that wants to "dismantle government investments" and invest solely in tax cuts for wealthier Americans.

Obama struck similar chords at a fund-raiser in Hollywood, Florida, later Tuesday evening, where he corrected an enthusiastic crowd chanting "four more years," by saying, "it's actually four and a half."

The crowd of 850 gathered at the Westin Diplomat hotel was treated to a musical performance by R&B star John Legend before the president arrived. Some paid as little as $250 for tickets as part of the Gen44 fundraising group of younger donors, while others paid at least $500 for admission.

The president was interrupted briefly during his half-hour speech as the lights aimed at the stage flickered and then began swirling. The president joked that the crowd might also be enjoying a "light show" in addition to a presidential fund-raiser.

Again, Obama warned the crowd of the dangers of the Republicans' vision for America.

"The economy is getting stronger, the recovery is accelerating, and the last thing we can afford to do right now is to go back to the same, worn-out, tired, uninspired, don't-work policies that got us into this mess in the first place," Obama said.

Speaking directly to his younger audience, Obama addressed the "economic imperative" of attending college.

"Americans owe more in tuition debt than credit card debt right now, which means by the way Congress needs to stop the student interest – the interest rates on student loans from doubling which is scheduled to happen in July," Obama said. "And colleges and universities have to do their part. They've got to keep tuition from going up."

Before his evening event at the Westin, Obama dropped into a fund-raiser held by his campaign's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender leadership council. According to a campaign official, the event cost $2,500 to attend and featured senior campaign and DNC officials briefing approximately 50 supporters on the administration's efforts on behalf of the LGBT community. The president took photos with attendees but did not deliver any remarks.

In the evening, Obama attended his highest-dollar fund-raiser of the day, addressing roughly 60 people who each paid $15,000 for a dinner at the seaside home of lawyer Jeremy Alters. Alters joked that the president's visit to his home had driven Rick Santorum out of the GOP presidential race, but Obama largely stuck to his script from earlier in the day.

The president told supporters that the country had come a long way since his election three years ago, but he still had more work to do, and to secure his re-election in 2012, they would have to work even harder than they did in 2008.

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soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. gt

    give me more of your money.....ugh...thats all he has done for 3 yrs....

    April 10, 2012 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  2. Hia

    Yeah,I can see how obama for the middle and low class with these lavish thousand dollar dinners. Also the obama goal is for more wild spending and government handout.

    April 10, 2012 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  3. WiredweirdinSF

    Would it not be really great if he could actually govern the country and make the hard choices on behalf of the working people of America that actually pay taxes, instead of working for the welfare frauds (how long has this War on Poverty been going on and how much has it cost, also how much have Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton made from it) drug addicts, and the corrupt, greedy union bosses. No he is out raising money in between his golf games and vacations and America is disintegrating more rapidly.

    April 10, 2012 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  4. Bill

    And of course, this easily covers the 1.7 ad buy from Rove's GOP Crossroads group today, which falsely blames high gas prices on Obama. As posted earler, Obama was able to raise this money in an afternoon. Good luck GOP, you are going to need it. Romeny must have a whole 8 million in his war chest. What a joke.

    April 10, 2012 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  5. Bootstomper

    Squash Romney!

    April 10, 2012 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  6. charlie avila

    "there are no worse blinds than those who don't want to see"!!. To me, obama's administration agenda is to destroy and weaken the united states. If he is re-elected, he'll have four more years to complete his evil agenda of destroying amaricans liberties!. Will turn the country into one of third world poverty. And finally, illegal immigrants will receive amnesty, and will end in the politics governing americans in their own land. The united states will disappear as a global leader. This man came to the usa, to destroy the country. He's not american citizen heart. Is our worst enemy.

    April 10, 2012 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  7. julien vergara

    Obama is always lying. All I can see is hardship on this administration. He canot feel it because he is rich. In hawaii homeless sleeping on the are all over honolulu. Obama bankrupt our nation

    April 10, 2012 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  8. Claudia, Phoenix, AZ

    Mr. President must win re-election in order to continue the recovery of our economy because the Republicans have only one agenda and it's not about fairness for all Americans.

    April 10, 2012 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  9. Sage Sophos the second!

    Go get those big bucks because the right win will bend and distort the truth!! the facts is the Last six months G.W Walker and his economic advisor now Mitts economic advisor was a disaster worse than the great deppression. look here folks, Here’s what the last Republican president left us with. The last 6 months of Bush:
    Aug 2008 – 334,000 net JOBS LOST
    Sep 2008 – 458,000 net JOBS LOST
    Oct 2008 – 554,000 net JOBS LOST
    Nov 2008 – 728,000 net JOBS LOST
    Dec 2008 – 673,000 net JOBS LOST
    Jan 2009 – 779,000 net JOBS LOST

    – United States Bureau of Labor Statistics
    Compare then and now and you have a choice to make!

    April 11, 2012 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  10. Ipop

    That's the President going about doing what he suppose to do. I pray that Obama win overwhelmingly. Electorates will definitely speak for him

    April 11, 2012 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  11. Liska

    GO BHO !!! This will be the defining election as to what the future of this nation will be. Thurston Howell, there is no place in my government for you. BHO 2012

    April 11, 2012 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  12. FedUp

    I'm sure he will put that towards the budget deficit.

    April 11, 2012 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  13. Gurgyl

    The best guy.

    April 11, 2012 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  14. king

    Obama needs to seize on this natural gas energy policies before the repubs seize it and beat him down with it. Natural gas will slow down the deteriation of the earth, way better than fossil fuel. Obama needs to push automobile conversion to natural gas fuel. And he also need to use scientist data of climate change, to show these backward repubs how the climate is changing, and the biggest culprit is fossil fuel. It took billions of years for oxygen to flow on this earth, and now it will take a few generation to replace it with carbon.

    April 11, 2012 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  15. Fair is Fair

    "Natural gas will slow down the deteriation of the earth, way better than fossil fuel. "
    Ummmmmm.... natural gas is considered a fossil fuel...

    April 11, 2012 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  16. ms. z

    What about the Obama Rule?....donations should be taxed at 30%

    April 11, 2012 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  17. Another Day in the Idiot Mines

    "To me, obama's administration agenda is to destroy and weaken the united states. If he is re-elected, he'll have four more years to complete his evil agenda of destroying amaricans liberties!."

    Too bad you have no evidence to back your insane claims.

    April 11, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  18. Taran

    Obama/biden 2012. The only trusted way to turn the USA into Greece, Spain and France.

    April 11, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  19. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    I love how Republicans go around telling folks that this election is NOT about money. It is ALL about money. Who has it and who doesn't. Who can dump $300million to peddle their CONservative who will protect their interests, and who has the highest number of average Americans contributing to his re-election.
    This election IS about money in more ways than we care to think,
    Obama 2012. Seriously America.

    April 11, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  20. rob

    To "Sage Sophos the second!"
    The Blame Bush excuse is OLD NEWS. President Obama has a three year record which like it or not he is stuck with. It is the worst post recession recovery in history. Millions have dropped out of the job market and companies are affraid to invest because of massive tax increases and the Health Care law (currently being litigated in the Supreem Court) right around the corner. We have the highest corp tax rates in the developed world and a higher national debt than the European Union where thier debt crisis is still holding the world economy down.

    If this is what fundamental change looks like, I think the American people will choose not to continue with it in November.

    April 11, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |