Obama kicks off August fundraising with star-studded dinner
August 6th, 2012
05:55 PM ET

Obama kicks off August fundraising with star-studded dinner

(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.”

While Romney’s campaign announced it has $186 million in the bank, Psaki declined to reveal how much cash the Obama campaign has on hand. But she noted that then-presidential candidate John Kerry outraised President Bush in the months after he secured the 2004 Democratic nomination.

“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.”

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  1. CharlesKayeMBA

    I wonder how many of those "star studded" Obama supporters achieved their success because of the government.

    Did Weinstein buy his estate because of government assistance? These hollywood elite are great examples of capitalists. Without their own drive, motivation and individual talents, they'd be nobody. It must be really difficult for them to chastise capitalism, while using it to build their own personal fortunes.

    August 6, 2012 at 6:30 pm |
    • Maljazur

      Great point! So maybe it's time to consider that the notion that Obama and his followers don't really "chastise capitalism." Take your time. Let that thought go down slowly...

      August 7, 2012 at 9:20 am |
    • RealityBites

      It’s sad that Obama resorts to bashing business people as villains while cozening up to those who bill Hollywood violence as entertainment. It’s sad because the president himself has never been a real success in business, sports or anything else. And yet, he feels no remorse for denigrating the success of others to divide voters.

      August 7, 2012 at 9:48 am |
    • Howard

      While Obama is busy once again with character assassination, he is safe ... because he has NO character !!!

      August 7, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
      • VJ

        I have never seen a more negative campaign than the Republican primary unleashed by Romney against fellow Republicans. Unfortunately Republicans think that it is a Republican Exclusivity or Republican Prerogative to solely run negative campaigns.

        August 7, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  2. Bootstomper

    Gee Obama gets Joanne Woodward and Romney gets Ted nugent and the osmonds. I'd rather have dinner with Paul newmans wife.

    August 6, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      And what about Clint Eastwood?

      August 7, 2012 at 10:22 am |
      • Cynthia L

        Clint Eastwood only went to Romney's fundraiser so he could meet porn star Jenna Jameson.

        August 7, 2012 at 11:14 am |
    • Kool-Aid Police

      I doubt you'll ever be on ANY of those guest lists, but keep dreaming.

      August 7, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
  3. Michael

    IHOPE PRESIDENT OBAMA RAISES 5 BILLION DOLLARS! REPUGLICAN'S ONLY CONGRESSIONAL BUSINESS FOR THE PAST 3 1/2 YEARS IS TO MAKE pRESIDENT OBAMA A ONE TERM PRESIDENT! WHAT JOBS HAS CONGRESS CREATED? I KNOW! The "repuglican" congress has stopped, blocked or fillibustered every "jobs" bill submitted by the president! Repuglicans wasted American Taxpayer money, when they tried to repeal Healthcare Bill (33) times, Plan Parenthood (14) times, but passed dereuglation bills and accomplished nothing where jobs are concerned! Repuglicans complain abpout the fiscal clift, which they agreed too, they voted approving these cuts, now they are bashing, denigrating, and knawing at the bit because of their own votes! The epititomy of hypocrisy is repuglican inaction, incediary remarks, inconsistent rhetoric, and do nothing congress!

    August 6, 2012 at 6:45 pm |
    • bb

      Talk about a hypocrite !!! 1%, Release fast and furious, MAN UP AND QUIT OBUMMER save the country go away

      August 7, 2012 at 9:02 am |
      • The REAL Truth...

        @bb – NEWSFLASH: Fast and Furious was the continuation of Project Gunrunner – which was a program to trace weapons sales to drug dealers, UNDER DUBYA's admin. Please check your FACTS before you parrot the Faux Noise garbage propaganda. And everything that Michael stated about the Republicans is true.
        It's also true that they have you by the nose, and the sheeple are being led to slaughter by the right wing. The TRUTH sometimes hurts..

        August 7, 2012 at 10:28 am |
      • Howard

        An icon in the entertainment industry ... P.T. Barnum ... had it right, when he stated that "There's a sucker born every minute: ... and, Obama has managed to pick the pockets of the same suckers ... over and over again. Boy, these celebrities are DUMB ... or, are they getting special favors 'pay back', with tax payer's dollars, like Obama's other supporters ???

        August 7, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
  4. Rags

    Nice! Obama sits with the rich while the rest of us just wish to meet him and say hello.

    August 6, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain

    @Rags: Are you kidding me? Mittens' donor list is comprised of multi-millionaires, billionaires and foreign corporations/nationals, all of whom share is vision of America as a third-world nation where the rich own and control everything and there is virtually no middle class.

    How do I know? Because Mittens is proposing all the GOP economic, military and foreign policies that are PROVEN FAILURES and which tanked the global economy and got us into this mess in the first place!

    August 6, 2012 at 7:28 pm |
    • Frank Marshall Davis

      So Obama doesn't hang out with rich people? He has an excellent record on the economy?

      August 6, 2012 at 7:31 pm |
    • scott

      Keep drinking the kool aid and believing that. Obama hobnob with the rich, as he pays lip service to the Middle class. He does not care about the worker only getting reenlected and turning this country into a European Soicalist style nation. From SOlyndra to selling guns to drug lords, the most corrupt President in this country.

      August 7, 2012 at 5:51 am |
  6. judy

    Saw mitt pushing a grocery cart today. Got a big laugh. You could see he has never done that befor sort of like his hunting trip a fet years ago. Repo clowns. Show us your tax returns.

    August 6, 2012 at 8:19 pm |
    • mogran

      Why is it that dems only have personality attacks when all they have to offer are tax increases to fund their out of control spending...look at the debt (trillions), look at the increase in welfare programs (1 in 6 people)...wait till Obamacare cost kick in...don't think I'll vote dem next election!

      August 6, 2012 at 9:17 pm |
      • Maljazur

        Oh trsut, we have much more than personality attacks, but Romney makes them irresistible! We also have faith in a president who knows that the wealthiest nation in the world can use tax revenue to not only defend our borders, but care for those inside them. And he understands that it is not robbery to ask those who are prosperous to sow into a system designed to lift the majority even while knowing you may end up carrying a few. It's not criminal. It's human. It's good. It's admirable. It's why he'll be our president for FOUR MORE YEARS!!!!

        August 7, 2012 at 9:25 am |
    • bb

      U really cant believe Oblunder has done a good job, His record speaks for itself HE STINKS

      August 7, 2012 at 10:17 am |
      • Cynthia L

        You have bbs for brains. I don't have another explanation for it.

        August 7, 2012 at 11:10 am |
  7. Dave, Central Illinois

    Yeah, Obama is a real man of the people – people who can afford $35,800 a plate. You Libs are soooo gullable.

    August 6, 2012 at 8:25 pm |
  8. Liz the First

    I'm sure the repugs are going to condemn him for hanging out with Hollywood types while they praise Clint Eastwood for endorsing their clown. guess actors only have opinions worth paying attention to if they're shilling for rethugs.

    August 6, 2012 at 9:05 pm |
  9. Angus


    ******** Please don't pay attention to the economy!!!!! Obama 2012 ************

    August 6, 2012 at 9:36 pm |
    • Cynthia L

      HAY?? MOO-OOOOOO......

      August 6, 2012 at 10:25 pm |
      • bb

        Face your boy stinks he said he would quit

        August 7, 2012 at 11:40 am |
      • Howard

        We finally find out that SIN-D-FROM-HELL is a cow ... makes sense.

        August 7, 2012 at 12:05 pm |
  10. Casey

    I'm glad the taxpayers could help Obama. Since they paid for all of security. He could have a least invited a few.

    August 6, 2012 at 9:44 pm |
  11. Bill Wilson

    Harvey Weinstein made millions last year by out sourcing movies to other countries, but will the mainstream news networks tell anyone this?

    August 6, 2012 at 11:52 pm |
  12. fred37ify

    All them rich folks backing Barrack cause he wants to raise their taxes ??? What a joke ! He has no intention of raising their taxes ! It's us poor shmucks he wants to stick it to !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 7, 2012 at 12:10 am |
    • The REAL Truth...

      and your statement proves u are a big shmuck!

      August 7, 2012 at 10:41 am |
  13. BeverlyNC

    President Obama has quality donors who want nothing more than a President who is looking out for what is best for the People and the nation. Most of President Obama's donations come from the average American and average around $50. Romney has about 17 billionaire donors who expect specific results from Romney like bank deregulation, no EPA requirements, even less corporate taxes and other "favors". I don't want a corporate-bought puppet for President. I want President Obama who promises nothing more than what is best for America and its People. He is a real leader and puts the People first while protecting small business and making sure corporations do not overstep their bounds and hurt the nation for temporary profits and personal gain. I stand with President Obama who knows his job is to SERVE the People and has dedicated himself to our recovery. He is a real leader, a true foreign policy innovator, and full of real solutions to restore the lives of the People most in need. He is more invested in America than Romney whose wealth and investments are all overseas, hidden, and is far more "foreign" in his personal benefit first above all else. I trust and believe in the pure motives of President Obama and wll stand with him and for him come November -same with Democrats running to restore saniity to Congress.

    August 7, 2012 at 3:13 am |
    • trublue007

      Very well said. Glad to see the Rover in Mars landed safely, otherwise, it would be Obama's fault if it landed belly up.
      Romney Hood, where are your 10 years of tax returns?

      August 7, 2012 at 3:30 am |
    • trublue007

      Well said. Go Barry!
      Nice to see the Rover landed safely in Mars. If that sucker landed belly up, it will be Obama's fault.

      Show us your tax returns MittenHood.

      August 7, 2012 at 3:33 am |
    • Iamnotfooled

      Good post. Don't worry we'll show those billionaires in November. Obama-Biden 2012.

      August 7, 2012 at 4:22 am |
      • scott

        I am notfooled, you need to change your name, OBama sure has you fooled, take the not out of your name, or better yet drop the Iamnot and the ed at the end of your name =). From Solyndra to selling guns to the drig lords, Obama has ruined thic country. His economic policies have hurt this country, unemployment still over 8%, national debt continues to rise, Obama oustsourcing jobs with his faile stimulus funds, now he wants to do it again. Forcing the biggest tax increase in history by forcing Obama Care down our throats. I could go on and on,. Vote Romney 2012 and beyond for a better America.

        August 7, 2012 at 7:17 am |
    • scott

      keep drinking his look aid Bev we have seen your piost before, you are so gulliable it is not funny.

      August 7, 2012 at 5:53 am |
      • Cynthia L

        Is it hard to walk when you tie your shoestrings together like that?

        August 7, 2012 at 11:16 am |
    • teej

      I agree. Well said

      August 8, 2012 at 10:44 am |
  14. petemg

    Can't you people see how Obama is deceiving all Americans? Why do we only hear childish remarks by him. If he truly were for the middle class people he would not be brown nosing the rich Hollywood people. Since taking office how many days has Obama been present in D.C. Very little I am sure. he needs to grow up and do the job he had promised to do when he was sworn in on the-what was it the Bible or the Koran? Ever since he declared he was Christian and then declared this was not a Christian nation. Ever since he would not acknowledge World Day of Prayer but he entertained the Muslims during their Holy Holiday. Ever since he was declared president it seems as if the Nation has encountered many disasters. Can't you Obama backers see what he is trying to do. he feels that Hitler could not conquer the world, Obama wants to do the job. Start to question his thoughts. Do not just follow blindly. Recall what Obama has said and done on live tv. I pray that your ears and eyes are opened. Research and become intelligent voting and not be just a follower. If you research and find that he is thee candidate, fine. But do not moan when this nation comes to its knees.

    August 7, 2012 at 5:07 am |
    • scott

      Well written and very astute.

      August 7, 2012 at 7:18 am |
    • Kool-Aid Police

      That's the problem petemg, they refuse to see it and instead prefer to live in ignorant bliss.

      August 7, 2012 at 8:14 am |
    • The REAL Truth...

      This nation will come to it's knees if we give the Republicans back the reins. They are the sole root cause of the mess we are in. Look it up... THREE major recessions in recent US history, all of them presided over by the GOP. It took Dem programs to rescue us from disaster. We are on the way up. This FACT.. not made up propaganda from Faux Noise to spoon feed the sheeple. Why would you want to go back to "deficits don't matter", increase Fed Govt (Reagan and Bushies ALL increased Federal employees), and increased Nat'l Debt. The crass ignorance of the red state right wing sheeple is what allows them to manipulate you so easily.
      I don't care what you think of Obama, but do me a favor and check the FACTS before you spout. It makes you look like a typical Repug when you don't. Chill.

      August 7, 2012 at 10:40 am |
  15. eunice a


    August 7, 2012 at 6:59 am |
    • bb

      Thats a wasted vote Oblunder is the biggest cheat and liar in the history of the whitehouse, Soldyne, fast and furious, Holder, get real this guy stinks u didnt build it, private sector is fine please the list is endless this jerk mis inept end of story

      August 7, 2012 at 10:19 am |
      • The REAL Truth...

        @bg – once again.. CHECK YOUR FACTS. You're giving the right wing nuts a bad rap
        1. there's no such company as "soldyne", it's Solyndra and the Fed funds they received were applied for under Dubya's admin and approved during Obama's tenure.
        2. Fast and Furious was the continuation of Project Gunrunner – which was a program to trace weapons sales to drug dealers, UNDER DUBYA's admin.
        3. Holder – initiated the whistle blowing on Fast/Furious. He is refusing to release information to the GOP controlled hearings because they are requesting information that has nothing to do with the investigation. The impeachment call is nothing but political theatre and pandering to the sheeple!
        Again, CHECK YOUR FACTS! You might learn something.. !!

        August 7, 2012 at 10:32 am |
  16. Arthur

    To: The REAL Truth.

    What are you talking about?
    The 500 million wasted on Solyndra happened under the Obama Administration.
    How many jobs did Cash for Clunkers, Cash for Refrigerators, Cash for Replacement Windows and all the other green agenda stupidity create? In Ohio they wanted to build a High Speed Rail project on a shared freight train track system.
    Guess what it would be for 4 passenger trains per day and operated at no more than 55 mph (best case). Fortunately in Ohio the Republican governor killed it before it would have bankrupt the state. Dumb and costly ideas are a habit Obama.
    Of course its not his money that he is wasting its OUR money! Wake up America!

    August 7, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
  17. Free Man in the Republic of Texas

    Obama kicks off August fundraising
    with star-studded dinner AKA: 1%

    "I" have to go TELL
    the 1% to pay their fair share;
    that you did NOT build that...

    NOW give "ME" some of your cash...

    Makes perfect Liberal sense.....

    To ONLY government !!!!

    August 7, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
  18. Chaim Paddaman

    Harvey Weinstein is a snobbish, disdainful and patronizing bully, he is notorious for his grandiose sense of self importance. He believes that he is a modern day Robin Hood. He will call in his markers, it is his devious nature. Someone must inform the President that he is a ganef and a meshugener too. Hope he enjoyed the meal.

    August 7, 2012 at 5:41 pm |