Politico – The invite says simply “Please join President Obama for a discussion and reception with supporters like you in Washington, DC.”
But the campaign fundraiser at the Jefferson Hotel in Washington, DC, Monday was intended to be a “Jewish Constituency Focused” event — “An Afternoon with Jewish Leaders and President Barack Obama” included a “Roundtable Campaign Discussion” followed by a “Campaign Conversation with the President” and finally, “Appetizers and Cocktails,” according to a Democratic announcement obtained by POLITICO.
Campaigns generally don’t say much about their fundraising events and reporters are kept out of events except for those where the president delivers formal remarks. The White House and the Obama campaign kept to that for this event. The campaign released only basic attendance figures and ticket price — some 25 supporters paid $35,800 each to attend, for a total haul of $825,000. Meanwhile, reporters assigned to cover the president were left outside the room for an hour and a half, leaving the pool report bare of any detail except that DNC chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz of Florida was seen leaving hotel.
The campaign did not respond to an email seeking more information.