While political observers focused on the Supreme Court Monday in anticipation of news on the future of President Obama's health care reform legislation, both the president and Vice President Joe Biden prepared to hit the road to drum up some campaign cash.
The president embarks on a two-day trip where he's expected to raise more than $5 million for his reelection efforts, according to a campaign official. The trip starts with a rally at a high school in Durham, New Hampshire before taking the president to Boston in the evening for three fundraisers worth a total of more than $3 million.
The first fundraiser will be at Hamersley's Bistro where 25 people will each pay $40,000 to attend a roundtable with the president. This event will be closed to the media. Then Obama will head to Boston's Symphony Hall where 1,800 people will pay between $144 and $250 to hear the president deliver an on-camera campaign speech.
Finally, Obama heads to a private residence in Weston, Massachusetts where 100 people will pay $17,900 each for the chance to eat dinner with the president.
Across the country, Vice President Biden will also be trying to fill the Obama campaign's coffers with an event at a private residence in Chicago where tickets start at $1,500 per person.
On Tuesday, President Obama will attend four fundraisers - two in Atlanta, Georgia and two in Miami, Florida. During his first stop, Obama will attend two events at the Westin Peachtree Plaza - the first will be an on-camera speech to roughly 500 people with tickets costing between $250 and $500. The president's second event will be a closed-press roundtable discussion with approximately 20 people, each of whom will have donated $35,000 to support his reelection.
In Miami, the president will first head to a meeting with 30 donors at a private residence where admission cost $40,000 per person. He'll then attend a reception at the Fillmore at the Jackie Gleason Theater featuring a performance by Latin singer Marc Anthony. Tickets for the reception begin at $44 with some costing more than $100.
Money from both the president's and vice president's fundraisers will go to the Obama Victory Fund, a joint fundraising committee of Obama for America, the Democratic National Committee and several state Democratic parties.