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Obama to raise millions of dollars in Chicago on Friday. UPDATED

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WASHINGTON--President Barack Obama will raise about $5 million Friday at three Chicago fund-raisers, on a visit where he will be spending the night in the city.

Obama hits the Chicago Cultural Center at 5 p.m. for a reception the campaign says will have 350 attendees paying at least $2,500. After that, two dinners at private homes, one with 55 people, the other with 60 attendees; each place at the table is $35,800.

115 x $35,800 = $4.1 million
350 x $2,500 = 875,000


A source now tells me the Friday take from Chicago is closer to $3 million. Why the difference? That source tells me that not all the 115 people attending the private dinners are paying the full $35,800. Who are these people? They have been described to me as "political attendees," defined as a person who is either not paying anything to attend--or not the full price.

The source also confirmed that some attendees at the Cultural Center event will be paying $1,000.

The private dinners are at the home of Jim Crown and his wife, Paula and Tracey and Chaka Patterson.


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