Obama hunts for campaign money as quarter ends

AP News
Posted: Sep 30, 2011 8:28 PM
Obama hunts for campaign money as quarter ends

President Barack Obama is making a renewed pitch to change the tenor of Washington, telling high-dollar donors it remains an unfulfilled goal of his 2008 presidential campaign. He called on financial backers to help him re-energize his supporters in his drive for re-election next year.

Obama spoke Friday evening at the Georgetown home of James D'Orta, a Washington physician and Democratic Party fundraiser.

Promoting his presidency, Obama trumpeted his health care law and said his administration had stabilized the financial system and avoided a major economic depression.

"What we haven't done is change Washington," he said. "We still have work to do to make sure this town works on behalf of ordinary folks."

Obama conceded he will have to convince anxious voters that he deserves re-election despite the condition of the economy.

"People understandably are hurting," he said. "They don't believe in the other side's visions, but they are frustrated."

Tickets for the fundraiser, which benefits the Obama campaign and the Democratic National Committee, ranged from $10,000 to $35,800. About 60 donors attended the event, of which 40 also stayed for dinner and heard Obama's remarks.

Under federal law, the Obama campaign can get $5,000 of the $35,800 contribution and the Democratic National Committee gets the balance. Donors giving the highest amount could attend the dinner and have a photo taken with the president.

For Obama, the fundraiser represented a last-minute effort to collect campaign money before the midnight deadline for this financial reporting quarter.

An invitation for the event was directed in part at gay rights advocates who planned to attend Saturday's Human Rights Campaign Dinner, where Obama is scheduled to be the keynote speaker.