Obama to raise hefty campaign dollars in his hometown
January 11th, 2012
12:22 PM ET

Obama to raise hefty campaign dollars in his hometown

Washington (CNN) - A day after the GOP’s New Hampshire primary, President Obama focuses on his re-election campaign, returning to his hometown Chicago to raise some hefty campaign cash. But pundits will be watching closely to see if he directly takes on Republican GOP front-runner Mitt Romney when the president speaks at a campaign event Wednesday evening.

Tuesday evening, as Romney celebrated his New Hampshire victory by attacking the president, Vice President Joe Biden unleashed the Obama camp’s harshest attack yet on Romney, saying, "He thinks it's more important for the stockholders and the shareholders and the investors and the venture capital guys to do well for those employees to be part of the bargain."

The Biden attack came in the wake of Romney’s rivals seizing on his saying “I like being able to fire people,” which Biden also said “was probably taken out of context.”

Speaking to Democratic supporters in New Hampshire via video teleconference, the vice president appeared to characterize Republicans as "brush" that Democrats need to clear aside before they can move the country forward.

President Obama will speak at one of tonight’s three fundraisers in Chicago, an event geared to the president’s younger, grassroots supporters. At a concert and fundraiser sponsored by Gen 44 - the group that bills itself as the under 40 working professional arm of the Obama campaign– supporters will pay from $44 for a general admission ticket to $1000 for VIP status entry. The president and guests will be entertained by Grammy-nominated R&B soul musician Janelle Monáe. The event, at the University of Illinois Chicago campus, is hosted by actor Hill Harper, famous for his work on the popular television drama CSI: NY.

The return trip to his hometown comes on the heels of some recent controversy surrounding the president’s Chicago ties. A new book on the Obamas suggests a strain between First Lady Michelle Obama and the president’s first chief of staff Rahm Emmanuel, now mayor of Chicago. The trip also comes just days after the president’s current chief of staff, Bill Daley, a member of the Chicago political dynasty, surprised the president with his resignation, saying he wanted to return to the city he loves.

But that strain looks to have no affect on the president’s ability to raise big bucks in the windy city. in fact chief of staff Daley will accompany the president to Chicago.

Tonight’s other two fundraisers are at private residences for big ticket donors.

According to an Obama campaign official the president will attend an intimate fundraiser for about 60 people. Couples will be paying $35,800 to mingle with the commander in chief. He then heads to another private fundraiser where tickets start at $7500 per person for the 100 invited participants.

The campaign is quick to point out these high dollar fetes are the exception rather than the rule. The Obama campaign website shows 81% of donations have been for $50 or less, 98% were contributions of $250 or less.

The Democratic National Committee together with the Obama campaign has raised a combined $156 million through September of 2011. Contributions from the last three months are not yet available from the Federal Election Commission.


Topics: Campaign • fundraiser • President Obama • The News

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  1. jerry

    chicago...chicago politics...the obama experiment is over...throw your money away if you wish.

    January 11, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
    • Obama 2012

      The Obama experiment will continue. The Rethuglican days of trickle down are over. Primarily because the world isnt buying thier schtick anymore.

      January 11, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      you are assuming things prematurely,as most republicans dol

      January 11, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
  2. in his dreams

    not in his life time, obama is done, he has used up his welcome, No Hope and Crappy Change has made Americans MAD and obama will see that he IS NOT LOVED, We dont need this NON-american.

    January 11, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
    • Obama 2012

      Spoken like a true bigot!

      January 11, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
    • Jim in San Mateo

      Obama can only do so much with a do nothing Congress, whose Republican leadership (if you can call it that) has sacrificed the country to try to put him out of office. The Republicans are power hungry and care nothing about you. Look at the way they almost raised taxes on the middle class while fighting with every weapon they have to protect the wealthy.

      January 11, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      OH, is your Irish foreign descent or other european, asian etc.ones not 100% natiive American. Your comments are weird. Your english or else ancestors invaded America and gradually STOLE it. At least the Hawaians CHOSE TO BE AMERICANS PACIFICALLY, THEY DID NOT ATTACK US.

      January 11, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
  3. John

    He is not my choice, but he sure can raise money...
    I wonder why the news isn't talking about how BO received more money from Bain Capt. than Mitt. Hmmmm.

    January 11, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
    • Obama 2012

      Probably because it pales in comparison to how much the Rethuglicans have pumped into thier losing effort.

      January 11, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
      • Lizzie

        Your a typical democrat/liberal all you can do is call people names that disagree with you.

        January 11, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
      • IndeePendant

        Lizzie is Dizzy with RePUKeliCONS race:)

        January 11, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
      • Tschrny Wolf

        I agree with you. I read in ABC that walker bush gave a total of 970 billions per year for 8 years to the wealthiest republicans. The middle and working classes got much less tax cuts. abc was my source, published last year.

        January 11, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      Simple answer: President Obama is trustworthy and reliable, slowly but surely. IInstead, romney inspires mistrust. He interpreted a very clear answer as a misinterpretation. So he excuses as somebody's error what he lied about when he attacked verbally President Obama.

      January 11, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      President Obama returned the donation of a donor who had commiitted financial corruption. My printer is broken, so I could not print the source, however it was out on ABC News, Huntington or here, two or last week ago. Anybody can make mistakes and straighten them; however in romney's super pac corruption, I have not read he returned or dissolved his super pac, do you?

      January 11, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  4. Emmy Skaddittle

    The real money is in the super pacs, which can be hidden from sight

    January 11, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      Yes, and Romney had a super-pac;that explains how a Mormon defeated several christian republicans. Actually the tea party is swallowing the GOP. Typical beginning of a party's destruction from inside. If the gop wins, its disorder has started. How is its leader going to govern when both sides fight for supremacy?

      January 11, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
      • steveo

        you said: "How is its leader going to govern when both sides fight for supremacy"?

        The answer is it is very difficult! In fact, your statement can easily apply to any President and the entire Congress. leadership is difficult with a divided Congress no matter if the prez is a "D" or an "R".

        As for your other point, yes it was money but Romney is not embraced by the Tea Party! IMO both extreme wings (both D and R) are harmful! Yes, Romney has money but so does Obama!

        January 11, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
  5. steveo

    According to an Obama campaign official the president will attend an intimate fundraiser for about 60 people. Couples will be paying $35,800 to mingle with the commander in chief. He then heads to another private fundraiser where tickets start at $7500 per person for the 100 invited participants.
    --------

    $7500 a person and $35,800 per couple? I thought you Dems hated the 1%. What happened?

    January 11, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      First of all, you give no sources. Second, President Obama said in public he had money. Plus the figures you give are very little; compare 7,5oo $ dollars to the 900,700 billion dollars walker bush gave to the top1% EVERY YEAR FOR 8 YEARSl!L, SOURCE: ABC, 2011, jULY)

      January 11, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
      • steveo

        The source is the very article in which you are replying to! Look around paragraph 8 or 9.
        My point is during the height of OWS I keep reading post after post from Dems complaining about the 1%. Afterall, who else can afford these events?

        Thirdly what does your Walker Bush numbers have to do with this article (you didn't provide a source)?

        Obama also gave money to the top 1%. Ever heard of Solyndra? What happened to that half billion?

        January 11, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
  6. eunice a

    GO PRESIDENT OBAMA WE NEED YOU FOR FOUR MORE YEARS TO FIX WHAT THE REPUBLICANS MESS UP

    January 11, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
    • penny nichols

      Are you afraid those "evil republicans" are going to take away your welfare?

      January 11, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      YES, YES, YES :) THANK YOU FOR YOUR SOLIDARITY, BEST LUCK AND CHEER TO ALL OF YOU,(EXCEPT TEA PARTY VOTERS AND REPUBLICANS!

      January 11, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
    • M C

      go friend go

      January 11, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
  7. penny nichols

    EHHHH!!! but we're liberals!! Money is evil!!!! We're supposed to give it all to the poor, not spend it on politics!!! Oh, wait, that's OTHER people's money. We give away OTHER people's money. Mine is MINE! Just ask Al Gore, Bono, Obama, anyone in hollywood...

    January 11, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
  8. Truth

    IT seems the republicans are losing sight of the big picture. Right now, you guys are raging off of complete emotion and your hatred of the President that you can see the forest for the trees. I know you want Obama out of office. I get that because for you repubs, there is no other reason to not like him with one exception and you know what that is right?? See, the day after the general election, you guys are going to be wondering how the hell Obama won!! You will be mad, upset, and may even cry. You will just have to deal with it for four more years like we had to deal with Bushy!! Have fun with that because I sure will. Silly rabbits!!

    January 11, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
  9. Truth

    Another thing, you can believe the hype about your savior Mittens but once its man to man, Mitt won't be able to cover the President. Mittens is super weak. HE may be strong among you righties but hes week nationally. I could care less about these polls at this point. Your field is weak and you know this. You guys need a lesson in politics and the national mood. While Obama may not have done everything he wanted to do, the country hates you guys more. Remember that!! Ok righties?

    January 11, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
  10. Tschrny Wolf

    Your comments are laughable, sir or lady. HHHHHAhahhaahahahah.

    January 11, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  11. RWB1956

    I'm a liberal democrat and I don't call people names. HATRED is not the way. And I respect the office of President of the United States no matter who it is. I'm an American,I form my own opinions about events or people, NOT from people o the radio or TV tell me to think. Have a wonderful day in the USA.

    January 11, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
    • steveo

      A refreshing reply. I appreciate that!

      January 11, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
  12. ALindor

    See, after reading comments like these

    I KNOW IT'S A GOOD THING TO SEND MY $50 DONATION TO

    OBAMA 2012

    January 11, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      TO; ALINDOR: GREAT! THANK YOU SIR AND BEST LUCK. TIME FOR ALL THE SUPPORTERS OF PRESIDENT OBAMA TO JOIN AND CHEER TOGETHER TO SAVE AMERICA :) I RESEARCHED WIKIPIDIA LAST NIGHT AND ONLY FOUND 14 DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTS, SO OUT OF 44, 14 IS ONLY31.87 OF OUR PRESIDENTS HAVE BEEN DEMOCRATS. tHE MAJORITY HAVE BEEN REPUBLICANS, NO WONDER THE MESS WE ARE IN. CORRUPT CAPITALISM HAS TAKEN OVER. IN THE DISTANT POSSIBILITY7 ROMNEY GETS ELECTED, HE WILL PROBABILY CHOOSE RON PAUL AS HIS VP. WHY? RON PAUL IS CHRISTIAN , POPULAR . RICH AND SUPPORTS THE BELIEFS THAT GOT 31 EXTREMISTS TO GET ELECTED.THE PUZZLE IS: WITH A HUGE WORKING MIDDLE AND WORKING CLASSES, HOW CAN 1$ DOMINATE THE ELECTIONS? SIMPLY: MONEY AND EVANGELIST POWER THAT PRODUCED THE LEAST RECESSION AND GOT SO MANY AMERICAN PEOPLE FIRED. IF YOU NOTICE, EVERY CHANNEL OFFERS SO MANY STORIES ABOUT ROMNEY, THAT THE MAN IS BECOMING NAUSEATING.

      January 11, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
  13. deepthunk

    Well you know what they say, what’s happens in Chicago better mother$@% stay there wise guy.

    January 11, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
  14. Irma in North Carolina

    I hope the presidsent cleans Mitts clock good or who ever they pick.

    January 11, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      Irma: right :)

      January 11, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
  15. Tschrny Wolf

    OUR CHOICE FOR PRESIDENT IN 20-12 IS PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA. PERIOD.

    ROMNEY ATTACKS WITH WHAT HE CALLS MISINTERPRETATIONS, INSTEAD CONFESSING HE LIED. PEOPLE BE AWARE WHILE THERE IS STILL TIME. AMERICAS' ECONOMIC AND EMPLOYMENT SITUATION WOULD BE BETTER IF THE REPUBLICANS WOULD HAVE COOPERATED, ROMNEY INCLUDED.

    PRESIDENTS OBAMA IS LIFTING A GIANT METAL BALL UPSIDE A STEEP MOUNTAIN. LET'S HELP HIM TO CARRY IT OVER THE TOP :)))))))

    January 11, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
  16. Tschrny Wolf

    Steveo: do not compare oranges to apples. They are both round, fruits and grow from trees; BUT they taste completely different. While many apples I ordered went rot very easily, most oranges did not, except the ones I left too long in the refrigerator. Romeny is like a spoling or already spoiled apple. He reminds me of Hitler. unfortunately leaders like him often fool the moderate conservatives and drive the ignorant masses into a frenzy. Just remember my words.

    January 11, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
    • steveo

      I appreciate that very unbiased reply! You do realize there are some who feel the same about your candidiate as well, right? I thnk the issue is conservatives think Romney is not conservative enough! Come to think of it neither party likes moderates too much anyway! Rremember the Blue Dog Dems, they are now extinct!

      January 11, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
    • jerry

      I dont see Romney flying around in his Airfarce look-alike with the stupid obutlogo on it....now that reminds me of the german dictator/murder. Germanys leader did as obama has done...spent to the point they needed to go to war to keep the economy afloat..he also created a villian/s as did obama with the bush bashing in lieu of running against MCain... there is more manipulation through the media by obama and mob to gain and keep power than since the 1930s germany...and fools like you have bought it.

      January 11, 2012 at 6:03 pm |
    • jerry

      oh...the blue dogs dems... face it the democratic party is NO more. The GOP is now center left..and this is why obama is finished...his experiment has colapsed the party and almost the country.

      January 11, 2012 at 6:05 pm |
  17. Maria

    Go Obama! It is not hard to drown the Republicans in their own "lies". They want to deregulate yet they want to impose their will on the 99% of Americans. Republicans' stop preaching about god on the pulpit and start accepting the illigeals, they are our brothers' and sisters' in Christ. Stop talking about anti-abortion and calling for the deportation of pregnant mothers of Latino decent and calling their babies anchor babies. Republicans' want to regulate the distribution of wealth to the 1% and motly people of anglo saxon decent. We live in a America where all men and women are created equal and should have access to equal opportunites. How they use that opportunity is left to the discreation of that individual in a free market interprice. Obama used his intelegence to get where he is at, unlike the rest of the Republican field who inhearited or come from wealthy backgrounds. Mitts family already had money, even though he did work to get where he is at. Everbody should be given a opportunity in life.

    January 11, 2012 at 8:18 pm |
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    April 3, 2012 at 1:58 am |