August 6th, 2012
05:55 PM ET
(CNN) – On the heels of raising $75 million in July for his reelection bid, President Obama kicks of this month’s cash haul with two lucrative events in Connecticut Monday night.
Obama addressed an early-evening reception in Stamford where 500 supporters were on hand, each of whom paid at least $500 to attend the event, according to a campaign official. Later the president heads to Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s beachfront estate in Westport, Connecticut, for a sit-down dinner where 60 attendees have paid $35,800 to gain admittance. Actress Ann Hathaway and television writer Aaron Sorkin are listed as co-hosts of the event and Joanne Woodward, the widow of actor Paul Newman, is also expected to attend, according to the Los Angeles Times. In all, the president will raise at least $2.4 million from both events before touching back down in Washington late Monday night.
Obama’s swing up north follows the news that his campaign was again outraised by that of his opponent, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. The Romney campaign announced it brought in $101 million last month – the third in a row it outraised the president.
Speaking on Air Force One en route to the events, Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki downplayed the president’s continued fundraising gap with Romney.
“We expect to be out-raised,” she said. “Our focus is on ensuring we have the resources, the tools, to create and build the biggest grassroots campaign in history, and that means putting staff on the ground, opening offices, being able to do what we know this campaign is going to be about, which is reaching voters in the key target states.”
“This is not unexpected,” she sad. “We’ve planned for and know what we needed to have the resources we need in states and that’s where our investment and our focus is.”