Obama's birthday eve fundraisers
President Obama prepares to head back to Chicago tonight on the eve of his 50th birthday to raise some money for his 2012 campaign.
August 3rd, 2011
02:07 PM ET

Obama's birthday eve fundraisers

(CNN) – President Obama is jumping back onto the fundraising circuit after a month-long hiatus, set to make appearances at two high-profile events in Chicago Wednesday evening on the eve of his 50th Birthday. 

First on the list is a semi-intimate dinner where individuals and couples paid $35,800 for their chance to rub elbows with the president and wish him “Happy Birthday”.  The first $5,000 of each ticket sold will go to the Obama campaign while the remainder is allotted to the DNC‘s coffers.

Next up is a birthday concert atChicago’s Aragon Ballroom that is expected to draw as many as 1,500 people.  Tickets to that event began at a more affordable $50.  In addition to an appearance by the president, musicians Jennifer Hudson, Herbie Hancock, and OK GO will entertain the crowd.

The Obama campaign isn’t yet saying how much they expect the events to net both the campaign and the Democratic National Committee, but it’s safe to estimate the total will soar well into the seven figures.

But the president has some work to do to keep pace with his fundraising clip last quarter that resulted in $86 million for his campaign and the DNC.  While the third fundraising quarter began more than a month ago, Obama and his surrogates were forced to postpone or cancel several events while the debt ceiling negotiations dragged on in Washington.  

Adding to that challenge is the fact that August is traditionally a difficult month to fundraise during with most donors’ minds on vacation, the beach, and summer’s waning weeks. The result is a campaign that has to go into overdrive to report a big cash haul by September 30.


Topics: David Plouffe • President Obama • The News

soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. TrendsMatter

    Why shouldn't there be fundraisers for his 50th? It is a milestone birthday, and he can't always work every miunte. Relevantly, at 50 years old in 2011, Obama is part of Generation Jones – that generation between the Boomers and Generation X which has been getting so much national buzz recently. And international as well…I just read this interesting article from a couple days ago written by that prominent UK political commentator Neil Stockley (http://neilstockley.tumblr.com/post/8350965128/obama-the-debt-deal-and-the-tragedy-of-generation). I also found this video worth watching, it’s from a couple years ago but still relevant, it has lots of top political commentators arguing that Obama is a part of Generation Jones: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ta_Du5K0jk.

    August 3, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  2. John

    "7/4/06 – The president celebrated with a small private party of family and friends at the White House. It was a casual affair, with the president wearing a red and white short sleeved Hawaiian shirt and dining on fried chicken, cajun shrimp, biscuts salads and a three-tier chocolate cake. After dinner, the guests watched the Independence Day fireworks from the Truman balcony"... ABC News on George Bush

    August 3, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
    • jean2009

      Irrelevant....2006 was a non-presidential election year, Bush couldn't run again..plus the 4th is over for the current year....off topic..

      Obama -Biden 2012

      August 3, 2011 at 6:53 pm |
      • John

        Right – I was waiting for that. At this point during Bush's election year he held 3 fundraisers. Take a guess at how many BO has held so far.

        August 4, 2011 at 6:49 am |
      • DISAPPOINTED AMERICAN

        @ JOHN RESPONSE TO JEAN, GWB MAY HAVE ONLY CAMPAINGED 3 TIMES THE TRUTH IS BECAUSE OF HIS BIG OIL MONEY YOU KNOW MONEY BREEDS MONEY, THIS IS WHY GWB WOULDN'T RAISE TAXES ON THE RICH BECAUSE HE AND CHENEY WERE & ARE PART OF THE SOLUTION, CHENEY WITH HIS NO BID CONTRACTOR CAN YOU SAY HALIBURTON, I THOUGHT SO.

        August 4, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
      • jean2009

        @John why would a man who couldn't run for President again campaign... in 2006 ?
        Now, if you want to talk about how many times George W. Bush campaigned for his last term back starting 2001 through to Nov. 2004. That is a whole other ball of wax. I would suggest reading.

        George W. Bush and the permanent campaign trail....by Emily Jane Charnock. The Public Purpose, Vol. III

        "ABSTRACT"
        "Media coverage of the 2004 presidential election emphasized the role of "swing states"and the high level of attention they were receiving in the form of presidential visits. This study demonstrates that President Bush did indeed bias his travel toward the swing states, in 2004, but that such strategic bias was evident from 2001, onwards suggesting a "permanent campaign.....

        It is a study that presents data about the presidential campaign of George W. Bush for his second term. It also looks at the permanent campaign mode that started developing in the 1970, and that has become entrenched.

        "I try to balance my job with my desire to win four more years." – George W. Bush, 2004

        So there you are...what is new...nothing.

        August 4, 2011 at 7:45 pm |
    • jean2009

      Also read: The Lies of George W. Bush: Mastering the Politics of Deception, a book by David Corn that details what Corn believes are lies made by the Bush Administration from the campaign trail 2001 through 2003. The book was published in 2003 by Crown Publishers.

      Also from the website (George W. Bush by the numbers) for his first year in office compared to Barack Obama for his first year:

      POLITICAL FUNDRAISERS: 28
      • The events raised at least $27.25 million. (3 of the events Mr. Obama attended declined to disclose how much was raised)
      • George W. Bush did 6 fundraisers his 1st year raising over $48 million.

      August 4, 2011 at 8:04 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        As you said "what is new...nothing." So much for hope and change.

        August 4, 2011 at 9:34 pm |
  3. DISAPPOINTED AMERICAN

    OK, SO HE IS FUNDRAISING, WHY DOESN'T HE TAKE THAT MONEY AND GIVE IT TO THE AMERICANS WHO VOTED FOR HIM AS A REFUND SINCE HE CAVED IN TO THE GOP AND TEA BAGGERS ON TAXES FOR THE WEALTHY NOT TO MENTION THE MILLIONS OF UNEMPLOYED WHICH HE ALSO CAVED IN ON. SO SO DISAPPOINTED IN POTUS AND THE DEMS RIGHT NOW. I GUESS FOR THE FIRST TIME I WILL NOT BE VOTING IN 2012, CAN'T VOTE FOR ANYONE IN THE GOP AND POTUS HAS LOST MY VOTE

    August 3, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  4. Jean

    But, Disappointed American, not voting for the candidate and party you prefer is like voting for the ones you don't want. Do you think more Republicans in power will give you a better result?

    August 4, 2011 at 12:54 am |
    • John

      Talk about a softball question. Can anyone be less presidential than this guy? He has now told us his focus is "jobs" (again). This is what – the 4th or 5th time he has told us this? He ran on hope and change the last time – now what can he run on? He has made this country more divided because of his leanings to unions and class warfare.

      August 4, 2011 at 6:55 am |
      • Jay in NC

        "Recovery Summer", again.

        August 4, 2011 at 9:15 am |
    • DISAPPOINTED AMERICAN

      There is truth to your statement, I am just so angry right now but let's see if POTUS can earn my vote back, hell no I don't think the REPUBs or TEA Baggers is a better decision for our country. I just need time to pass wait and see what he does for the unemployed in this country, I realize that the economy tanking started with GWB, two wars etc.

      August 4, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
      • Monika

        Give me a break, Obama has only made bad – WORSE! Under this administration the debt has tripled, unemployment has soared, we are now in 3 wars, not 2 and he has completely lead the country to a massive divide. It seems Obama is only be good at campaigning, reading from teleprompters and vacationing. What does he not understand about we're broke and must make drastic chances in spending. Balance our budget to current income, and any and all new taxes MUST be used strictly to pay down our debt. This is plain common sense, no party politics needed.

        August 10, 2011 at 8:38 pm |
    • jean2009

      @ jean we know the answer to that...the Teapubliklans don't want unemployed Americans put back to work.

      August 4, 2011 at 7:50 pm |
  5. Jay in NC

    I am glad all those other pressing issues are solved, wars, debt, taxes, auto, banks, birthdays. Now he can get back to creating jobs. Wait, we are still at war, oh well, maybe next year.

    August 4, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
    • jean2009

      And where is congress...on holiday...and where is Bonehead ....with the jobs he promised congress was going to legislate?

      August 4, 2011 at 7:48 pm |