President main attraction at fundraisers
June 20th, 2011
01:50 PM ET

President main attraction at fundraisers

 Washington (CNN) - With the end of the second quarter of fundraising closing in, it appears President Barack Obama's picking up the pace.

Monday night the president is the main attraction at two fundraisers for the Obama Victory fund which are both being held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in the nation's capital.

According to a Democratic source with knowledge of the fundraisers, the first event is a dinner with Americans in Support of a Strong US-Israel Relationship. The gathering comes just a few weeks after comments by the president in calling for Israel to consider restoring its pre-1967 borders as part of its discussions with the Palestinians as part of any peace settlement. The proposal received an icy response from bothIsraeland from Jewish-Americans.

The second fundraiser is a dinner with the Mid-Atlantic Finance Committee. Approximately 80 people are attending the first event, with around 100 at the second gathering. Besides the president, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, will also attend both dinners.

Tickets for the two dinners range from $10,000 to the legal maximum limit of $35,800. The money raised from the events will go to the Obama Victory Fund, with the proceeds being shared by both the president's re-election campaign and the DNC.

The president heads toNew York Citylater this week, where he'll be the main attraction at two fundraisers. Obama announced on April 4 that he was setting up his re-election campaign. A week later he personally kicked off his fundraising drive by headlining three events in his hometown ofChicago. Since then he's also been the main attraction at fundraisers inSan Francisco,Los Angeles,New YorkCity,Austin,Texas,Washington,DC, andMiami.

Obama shattered all records by raising nearly $750 million in his bid for the White House in 2008. Democratic sources say the Obama re-election team hopes to raise $60 million by the end of the second quarter, which comes to a close at the end of the month.

Topics: fundraiser • White House

soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. John

    How does he find time to do all this fundraising? Twelve golf weekends in a row and all this extra time? He may as well go on the trip with the rest of the family.
    I wonder if he will invite the Bruins to the WH?

    June 21, 2011 at 5:41 am |
  2. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Well now, ISRAEL LAND and JEWISH AMERICANS are sponsoring a fundraiser for OBAMA, even after all of the media hype of undermining, instigation, negatively staging perceptions of soooo much animosity against the President about his suggestion to the JEWS. What happened CNN? Where did all of that discouraging, misguided perception go? I hoped and believed all along that the JEWS knew OBAMA was not kicking them to the curb, or throwing them under the bus, like many of you have tried to claim, he was doing!

    June 21, 2011 at 5:41 am |
    • John

      Isarel Land? WTF?
      Many Jews in this country are very liberal. Many Jews in Israel don't like what BO has done and said since he has been in office.

      June 21, 2011 at 5:44 am |
  3. Liz Carter in Georgia

    I used the title 'ISRAEL LAND' because CNN used it in the thread MR! Or did you read it? I saw nothing wrong with it! I took it to mean the people who live on the LAND; ISRAELITES! OBAMA is not the first to make that suggestion to them. 'Icy response', Yes! Yet they still found it reasonable to host a fundraiser for him! I was believing and hoping they weren't taking it as an 'OBAMA' only, slap in the face. Oh, but you don't even read what the thread actually says! You jusread peoples' posts to pick apart!

    June 21, 2011 at 12:28 pm |
  4. Liz Carter in Georgia

    'Many JEWS in ISRAEL don't like what BO has done and said since he has been in office'... where did you get that information? Did you go to Israel and take a poll questionaire to the people for their opinions of what the President of the UNITED STATES has done and said, in the UNITED STATES? On behalf of the UNITED STATES? For the UNITED STATES of AMERICA? If you have gone and taken a poll, if what you claim is true, they must have been brainwashed from reading posts like yours on the CNN WHITEHOUSE BLOGS.

    June 21, 2011 at 12:49 pm |