WASHINGTON--President Obama has scooped up millions of dollars for his 2012 re-election campaign the past two weeks and First Lady Michelle jumps in when she headlines a fund-raising event aimed a female donors in May.
Obama, Mrs. Obama and high profile members from the Obama administration and the Obama 2012 campaign team will be speaking at a fund-raiser here on May 18 and 19 jointly sponsored by the Democratic National Committee's Women's Leadership Forum and Obama for America.
Mrs. Obama addressed the WLF last year. While Obama has been on the road to raise 2012 campaign cash--last week in Chicago, this week San Francisco and Los Angeles, next week New York--it's not clear yet how much time Mrs. Obama is willing to devote to political fund-raising. Her decision is important--she is one of the biggest draws for Democrats. Mrs. Obama did no fund-raising trips in 2009 and in 2010 waited until October to help candidates raise cash for the November mid-term elections.
At the May event, tickets range from a $250 contribution for seniors and youths to $200,000 raised by the top level bundlers--people who tap into their personal networks to raise money.
Mrs. Obama speaks to the entire group on May 19 and will dine with the mega donors: those who raised $200,000 at the high end to, at the low end, those who donate at least $35,800 or raise $75,000.
The speaking list also includes: Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, Domestic Policy Chief Melody Barnes, Mrs. Obama Chief of Staff Tina Tchen, White House Senior Advisor David Plouffe, Obama health policy czar Nancy-Ann DeParle, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, DNC Chair Designee, Cecile Richards, President, Planned Parenthood Action Fund and the top three Obama 2012 honchos: 2012 campaign manager Jim Messina, and deputies Jennifer O'Malley Dillon and Julianna Smoot.