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President Barack Obama attends last fundraiser before leaving Southland

June 7, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
President Barack Obama attended one last fundraiser Thursday to collect some more campaign cash before wrapping up his trip to Southern California.

Mr. Obama was at a $2,500-a-plate breakfast in the affluent View Park neighborhood. Following the event, the president took off for Nevada to speak at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He was scheduled to be back in Washington, D.C. by evening.

The president has attended a record of over 150 fundraising events since taking office. In the month of May alone, Mr. Obama and the Democratic Party have raise $60 million for his re-election efforts. However, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney has out-raised Mr. Obama. Romney's camp reported a jointed fundraising total of $76.8 million for the month of May.

The president attended two star-studded fundraising events in Beverly Hills on Wednesday. Capitalizing in his recent public decision to support same-sex marriage, the president attended a sold-out gala held by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Leadership Council.

"If anybody out there asks you what this campaign's about, you tell them it's still about hope and change," the president said during his address.

At the gala, Mr. Obama highlighted his administration's accomplishments like ending the war in Iraq, defeating Osama Bin Laden and repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell .

However, during his 30-minute speech, the president never specifically mentioned same-sex marriage. Many in the LGBT community said that didn't matter.

"By his presence here, he's on our side. We know that, and we're connected with him and we're for him. But he did mention all the things he has accomplished," said Tim Robinson of West Hollywood.

The crowd of 600 paid more than $1,200 a ticket to hear the president speak. Afterward, Mr. Obama went to a $25,000 a plate fundraiser dinner at the home of "Glee" co-creator Ryan Murphy.

At the conclusion of his Southland trip, the president was expected to have raised $4.6 million.


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