Harvesting the Big Apple: 'An Evening with Two Presidents;' fundraiser at home of Wall Street financier; and 'Barack on Broadway'...
President Obama travels to New York City on Monday afternoon for his second fundraising series of the 2012 race with former President Bill Clinton. Mr. Obama and Mr. Clinton will attend three different events in the Big Apple, including a $40,00/person fundraiser hosted by hedge-fund manager Marc Lasry, a musical affair, 'Barack on Broadway,' and a Gala Dinner at The Waldorf Astoria with Clinton. Dubbed "An Evening with Two Presidents," the dinner was part of yet another high-profile Obama 2012 sweepstakes that encouraged donors to fill re-election coffers in May with as little as $3 to win the chance to eat in the vicinity of 44 and 42 at the $35,800/plate dinner, where rocker Jon Bon Jovi will give a command performance. (Above: The Presidents at their first joint fundraiser in April)
The push to woo donors for the 8:45 PM dinner event included e-mails from both Presidents and staffers. "I'm excited for the chance to get together with him [Clinton] again, and meet a couple of you and your guests," Mr. Obama wrote. "I can't wait to meet you," Mr. Clinton wrote. "Imagine how great it would be to be a fly on the wall when Presidents Obama and Clinton get together," Campaign Manager Jim Messina wrote when first announcing the contest on May 21. (Above: OFA's logo for the contest)
The names of the three winners and their guests will be announced later today. Coach-class airfare and a one-night hotel stay are included in the prize package. The assigned retail value is $1,650.00, taxable to the winners.
President Obama is scheduled to make remarks at the home of hedge-fund manager Lasry at 5:45 PM. After the dinner, at 9:35 PM, President Obama will attend the the 'Barack on Broadway' event at the New Amsterdam Theater on West 42nd Street. It begins at 7:00 PM, and is designed to woo the younger, less flush Gen44 donors who can't drop a year's salary on a presidential dinner. The theater seats about 1,800, and tickets are in three tiers: $100, $250, and $1,000 for VIP. It replicates a similar Obama fundraiser in September of 2007.
Mr. Clinton and Mr. Obama's first joint fundraiser was a dinner and reception on April 29th at the Virginia home of former Democratic National Committee chair Terry McAuliffe.
The presidential dinner contest is just like the Obama, Clooney & You sweepstakes, which offered two donors and their guests dinner with the President at George Clooney's California home on May 10th. The Clooney helped raise about $8 million in online donations for a total haul of close to $15 million. There's also currently a contest underway for two winners to attend a June 14 fundraiser in New York, hosted by Sarah Jessica Parker at her home. Parker and co-host Anna Wintour have both filmed ads for the dinner. (Above: The President, Clooney, and winners)
President Obama returns to Washington on Monday evening. Last Friday he was in Chicago and Minnesota on a fundraising junket.
*Top photo by Pete Souza/White House; second by ABImages for Obama for America