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Obama for America's Fundraising Charge

President Obama's fundraising schedule has kicked in to high gear with a busy dance card of events, including one that breaks records for Party Time. Even Michelle Obama and Vice President Biden are busy with fundraisers. On Tuesday, the vice president is headlining a fundraiser in Washington, while first lady Michelle Obama is raising money in Tennessee and Pennsylvania.  On Wednesday the president himself will be rubbing shoulders and breaking bread with donors in the battleground state of Michigan.

Restored Ford Model T

Obama's money-raising safari, which will follow an economic speech in Ohio, will include a reception at the Henry Ford museum. Donors can schmooze with the president -- who claims that his bailout kept the entire U.S. auto industry from becoming a museum piece -- while looking at Model Ts. Tickets start at $100 and run to $5,000 with proceeds benefiting the the Obama Victory Fund.

The Detroit Free Press reports
that there will be an additional fundraiser at the home of Denise Ilitch, whose family owns the Little Caesar's pizza chain as well as Detroit's professional hockey and baseball teams, the Red Wings and the Tigers.

Thursday, Obama will be the featured attraction at a Washington campaign briefing fundraiser with a $40,000 price tag. Guests will get a campaign briefing, then a chance to mingle with the president at a reception, followed by a dinner with big Democratic enviro Carol Browner. Browner, who headed the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change and at the beginning of Obama's administration, and served as former President Bill Clinton's Environmental Protection Agency chief, currently works for Center for American Progress.

By comparison to the Thursday event's price tag, an April 29 fundraiser that features both Presidents Obama and Clinton is a comparative bargain. The event, in the Washington bedroom community of McLean, Va.,  will cost between $1,000 and $25,000. Really? A campaign briefing is worth more than a pic with two Oval Office occupants?

The Obama-Clinton event looks downright cheap compared what Obama backers have to pay to become Conference Chair at the Annual National Women's Issues Conference in DC. It's such a doozy we've made it the subject of a separate post.

Obama also has ample fundraising help:


  • The first lady is busy. She  hosted a fundraiser at the Jefferson Hotel a few blocks from the White House on Monday. On Tuesday, Mrs. Obama  is hosting a fundraiser with folk artist Emmylou Harris in Nashville and will appear at The Rivers Club in Pittsburgh. Next Tuesday, she's at a reception in Omaha.

  • Biden and some of his children are presiding Tuesday evening over a fundraiser at the newly refurbished Howard Theater in Washington's historic black entertainment district.

  • Democratic campaign superstar, David Axelrod is headlining a Minneapolis dinner April 24 for the Obama Victory Campaign. Tickets range from $2,500 to $5,000.

  • Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan will be hosting a reception at the Microsoft New England Research & Development Center in Cambridge, Mass. on May 25.

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