Obama heads home to bring in bucks for Democrats
May 28th, 2013
04:20 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama heads home to bring in bucks for Democrats

Washington (CNN) – President Obama heads to his hometown of Chicago Wednesday to help raise money for congressional Democrats.

The president will headline a reception and dinner for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the House Democrats' political arm. According to an invitation obtained by CNN, ticket prices range from $1,000 per person to attend the reception to $50,000 for a table, preferred seating, and a photo opportunity at the following dinner.

The Wednesday reception and dinner is one of six solo fundraisers the president's keynoting for the DCCC this year, along with two joint fundraisers for House Democrats and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, in advance of next year's midterm elections. Obama only headlined two DCCC fundraisers in 2009, ahead of the 2010 contests.

All 435 House seats and more than a third of the Senate seats are up for grabs next year. Democrats will not only try to keep their majority (currently 55-45 over the GOP) in the Senate, they'll try to win back 17 seats in the House to take control of the GOP led chamber.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, the former House Speaker, and Rep. Steve Israel of New York, the DCCC chairman, will join the president in Chicago.

While the president says he wants to work with congressional Republicans to get legislation accomplished, if the Democrats retook the House in 2014 and kept control of the Senate, the president would have much more leeway in his final two years in office to pass bills opposed by the GOP.

"I would be dishonest if I didn't say that it would be a whole lot easier to govern if I had Nancy Pelosi as speaker," said Obama at an April 4 DCCC fundraiser in Pelosi's hometown of San Francisco.

Democrats controlled both chambers during Obama's first two years in office, but lost control of the House in the 2010 midterms.

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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. just sayin

    well there you go! busy pr schedule there mr. smoke and mirrors! sunday in oklahoma, monday doing memorial day ceremonies, tuesday in nj on the boardwalk and now wednesday campaign fundraising!! this guy simply doesn't know how to do a days work.

    May 28, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  2. just askin

    According to an invitation obtained by CNN, ticket prices range from $1,000 per person to attend the reception to $50,000 for a table, preferred seating, and a photo opportunity at the following dinner.

    wow... definitely for the 1% only there mr. man of the little guy. and of course we would expect nothing short of another photo opportunity with mr. show me the camera. and of course the tax payer is footing the bill for this? or are the democrats paying for this political event and the cost of getting obama there?

    May 28, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  3. PJ

    Why not? Congress is so busy spending our money taking vacations once a month, or holding umpteen numbers
    of witch hunts, or travelling to Syria or Iraq, or anyplace else that makes them feel important.
    Guess McCain paid for his own trip, and the three musketeers went to Iraq how many times? Guess
    Grumpy, the Lovely Lindsay, and whats his name pooled their money.
    To heck with the homefront, let's build up everybody else and American taxpayers can fend for themselves.

    May 28, 2013 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  4. willhaas

    On the read again with the President. He sure loves to travel at the tax payer's expense. Of, course the federal government has to borrow the money for the President to take these trips. How much is this latest trip costing us? How much additional CO2 is going to be dumped into the atmosphere because of this one trip?

    May 28, 2013 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  5. willhaas

    I hope the President has a good time at the tax payers expense. It has been such a long time since he has had a chance to leave Washigton.

    May 28, 2013 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "this guy simply doesn't know how to do a days work."

    Right. He's managed to pass all sorts of signature legislation that has you crying like babies, overhaul the government into a Marxist socialist communist dictatorship, "taken over" 16% of the economy with the ACA, [insert laundry list of everything he's "shoved down" the Teatrolls' throats]...all of it adding up to putting us on the brink of becoming 1930s Germany...and yet he's managed to magically do all of it while being that special brand of "black-lazy," doing nothing but giving campaign speeches and going on golfing jaunts with AF1. Cognitive dissonance doesn't even begin to describe how stupid you people sound.

    May 28, 2013 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  7. Sarah/VA

    We dont usually vote on mid-term elections but this time we are ever ready to put these ignorant,racist republicans out,they should know by now how people HATE them,Dems 2014 big WIN

    May 28, 2013 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  8. Richard Long

    Fundraising... AGAIN!!! Wonder how much money he's going to rake in this time instead of ummm... running the country!

    May 28, 2013 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  9. don in albuquerque

    @stuffit-We did not investigate W for trying to run the country from SlipperyRock Texas.

    May 28, 2013 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  10. Minnie Mouse

    If anyone has $1,000 to $50,000 for a seat at a dinner table, then double your price and donate 1/2 to Moore, OK. These people in Moore, OK have lost everything. Have a fund raiser for them while your at it for them because they are in dire need of everything!

    May 28, 2013 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  11. Revolution

    If there were a stereotype he would fit it!

    May 28, 2013 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  12. jpmichigan

    This is the only job he good at, fund raising and campaigning. After 4 1/2 yrs. he still is unable to lead or govern. He has no idea what is happening around him, until he reads the paper or watches television.

    May 28, 2013 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  13. greatwhitehope

    Good job sniffit. Lots of new ideas for tangents not to mention racist remarks

    May 28, 2013 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |