First Lady Michelle Obama asked donors Wednesday to “max out” on their contributions, a demand that could amount to nearly $46,000 per person.
Mrs. Obama made the offhand request for tens of thousands of dollars during a fundraiser at the opulent 583 Park in New York City. Numerous celebrities were in attendance, including Chris Rock, Sigourney Weaver, Cynthia Nixon, Blair Underwood, Cherry Jones, Sam Waterston, Geena Davis, and James Earl Jones.
The event included “literature readings” by the celebrities – which Mrs. Obama apparently missed.
Toward the end of remarks that exceeded half an hour, Michelle made the call for attendees to up their ante to the campaign.
From the transcript of the remarks:
We need you to keep on writing those checks. (Laughter.) If you haven’t maxed out, max out! (Laughter.) If you’ve got friends who haven’t maxed out, get them to max out. (Applause.) Get them. Find them. We still have time.
According to FEC rules, “maxing out” would bring a donor’s contributions to $45,800 this year.
The sum includes $30,800 per year to a national Party, $10,000 per year to a state or local Party committee, and $5,000 to a federal candidate – including $2,500 during the primaries and $2,500 during the general election.
Tickets for the event, which included about 350 people, started at only $500. Despite being hit up for another forty five grand, attendees gave the first lady a standing ovation.