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article imageAl Green says Obama 'nails it' singing his Let's Stay Together

By Nancy Houser     Jan 21, 2012 in Entertainment
New York - Before speaking at a campaign fundraising event in New York, President Obama crooned a few lines of Al Green's "Let's Stay Together." This was followed by an overwhelming applause of approval.
The first two events of the evening began at Daniels, a top French Restaurant on Manhattan's Upper East Side for supporters of Obama's re-election. Costing $5,000 to $15,000 for one of the two events at Daniel's Restaurant, the normal price for the restaurant's six-course menu is $175.
Dayton Daily News said, "Obama traveled to New York on Thursday for a high-dollar fundraiser at Director Spike Lee's home and a campaign event at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, with performances by Al Green, India Arie and composer Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Overall, President Obama attended four fundraisers in one evening: two at Daniels, one at the Apollo Theater, and the last one at Spike Lee's home.
At Harlem's Apollo Theater the round of campaign money continued to roll in, with approximately 1,400 Obama supporters paying anywhere from $44 to $200 to hear the President speak and croon a few lines of Al Green's song, "Let's Stay Together." He was followed by Al Green singing soul & gospel and rhythm & blue Grammy singer India Arie.
With five-and-a-half-hours spent at the Big Apple, fundraising events for President Obama's re-election campaign brought in over over three million dollars in one night. Spike Lee's event sold 45 tickets at $35,800 per person to attend, according to CBS News. (That amount includes the legal maximum of $2,500 for the Obama Campaign's primary and general election drives and $30,800 for the Democratic National Committee, the most an individual can legally contribute to the national party.) Both events had President Obama singing Al Green's favorite classical, to the anticipation of his donors.
Attending the four fundraisers on Thursday was the first time President Obama had ever done them all in one evening. A week ago, the Obama campaign announced that he had raised $68 million in October, November and December of 2011. When this amount is added to the re-election funds brought in by the Democratic National Committee, the total is over $200 million.
This is compared to $24 million for Mitt Romney; $13 million for Ron Paul; and $9 million for Newt Gingrich---all collected during the same period as Obama. Since filing for the Federal Election Commission in April, President Obama has attended 77 campaign money events.
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