President Obama will hold an incredible four fundraisers today, spending five and a half hours on the ground in Manhattan rounding up cash from his well-heeled backers in the capital of liberaldom.
Obama has been on a fundraising blitz since the start of the year – and the end of a disappointing final quarter of 2011, which concluded with campaign manager Jim Messina scolding donors for failing to pony up.
By the close of business today, Obama will have held 11 fundraisers just this month, including a lunch in Washington with winners of a national raffle for a meal out with the president.
Two of the events were incredibly high-priced Washington affairs in which a couple of dozen donors were asked to contribute $45,000 to the obama campaign, the DNC, and a Democratic state elections committee.
Obama will start his fundraising marathon today at the swank Daniel restaurant in midtown, where he will hold two exclusive gatherings. Then it’s off to an unnamed private residence, followed by an obligatory fundraising appearance before regular folks at the Apollo Theater.
The president, who starts his day with a trip to Orlando to announce a tourism initiative, won’t return to the White House until 12:20 am.
Let’s hope he doesn’t get that 3 am phone call tonight.