President Obama swings west for campaign cash
President Obama spoke Sunday at a fundraiser at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles where he is expected to raise nearly $9.5 million dollars over two days. The president for the first time addressed his less than stellar debate performance saying, "[E]verybody here are just incredible professionals...and they just perform flawlessly night after night. I can't always say the same." (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
October 8th, 2012
08:27 AM ET

President Obama swings west for campaign cash

LOS ANGELES (CNN) –President Obama is tapping his California ATM with a combination of star studded concerts and intimate high dollar dinners.
He’s expected to raise nearly $9.5 million dollars for the Obama Victory Fund over two days.

The West Coast swing kicks off with a big concert at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, featuring musical acts Jennifer Hudson, Stevie Wonder, Katy Perry, Jon Bon Jovi, and Earth Wind and Fire. Actor George Clooney is slatted to deliver remarks.

A campaign official tells CNN an estimated six thousand people are expected at the Sunday evening event with tickets starting at $250.

Mr. Obama will also meet privately with a dozen so called high dollar donors along with former president Bill Clinton, and attend a dinner with 150 guests at $20,000 per person.

On Monday, the president heads to San Francisco where he’ll attend three fundraisers.
**A $40,000 per person event at the intercontinental Hotel.
**A $20,000 per ticket dinner at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.
**And another concert featuring John Legend and Michael Franti that’s expected to draw about six thousand people, with tickets starting at $200.

In a separate event at a private residence on Monday in Los Angeles, President Clinton is expected to raise an additional $160 thousand.

Campaign officials say this big fundraising push will help them compete in key battleground states where polls still show a tight race.

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Topics: 2012 Election • Campaign • DNC • Mitt Romney • Obama for America • RNC
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11:21 AM ET

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Starting today, supporters can send donations under $50 by texting "GIVE" to 62262, the Obama campaign's text short code.  Customers of Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, and U.S. Cellular will be able to donate via text message starting this week and AT&T and other companies' customers will get the approval soon, according to the Obama campaign.
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