June 26, 2012 at 10:00 pm
On Tuesday, President Barack Obama raised millions of dollars for the Obama Victory Fund, a joint fundraising committee of Obama for America, the Democratic National Committee and several state Democratic parties, during two high-dollar fundraisers in South Florida.
At The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater, an estimated crowd of 1,500 people attended a sold out, up to $5,000-per-person fundraiser headlined by salsa singer Marc Anthony.
His speech, according reporters, was punctuated by approving asides from enthusiastic audience members, including one woman who replied, “You are!” when Obama reminded supporters in 2008 that he was not a perfect man and would not be a perfect president.
Earlier in the evening, Obama attended a private fundraiser at the upscale Miami Beach home of prominent Democratic fundraisers Abigail and F.J. Pollak.
Thirty people spent $40,000 per person to attend the fundraiser.
Obama was greeted at Miami International Airport by U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, members of the Miami-Dade County Commission and several grassroots supporters.
Obama was expected to raise more than $2 million on Tuesday during four campaign events, including the two in South Florida.
Tuesday’s fundraising trip was the president’s third to South Florida this year.
He raised millions of dollars during several high-dollar fundraisers in April and in February.
In an E-mail to supporters on Tuesday, the president’s re-election campaign said he would be “the first president in modern history to be outspent in his re-election campaign” if things continued as they had, a reference to the fundraising efforts of presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney, super PACs and outside groups.