WASHINGTON--President Obama hits Florida this week for more high-end fund-raising. Last week, a string of big money fund-raisers in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle brought in about $8 million for the Obama 2012 Victory Fund--a combined operation of the Chicago based re-election campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
As in California and Washington State--and other fund-raising swings--Obama has wrapped official business around the political stops. In Miami, Obama will deliver a speech on the economy at the University of Miami. On last week's swing, Obama stopped for official business in Milwaukee and at a Boeing plant in Washington State.
On Thursday, Obama has an event at the Biltmore Hotel in Miami with contributions ranging from $1,000 to the maximum, $35,800, another hosted by Coral Gables developer Chris Korge, a major "bundler"--someone who uses his personal connections to raise money--where the tab starts at $15,000 to $35,800. Obama flies up to Orlando for dinner at the home of basketball star Vince Carter, held the day before the NBA All Star game in Orlando.
Obama returns to Chicago March 16 for fund-raising, his first return since Jan.11, when he headlined three fund-raisers in his hometown.