Aspen is money for Obama

First Lady plannning 81611 fundraising soirée next week

By Troy Hooper
Real AspenJuly 19, 2011
Barack Obama's reelection campaign is off to a strong start, thanks in no small part to Aspen Skiing Company managing partner Jim Crown, who raised tens of thousands of dollars for the president.
Penny Pritzker, center, with the President and First Lady.

Crown raised between $50,000 and $100,000 in May and June for Obama and he is among a list of more than 270 key fundraisers that the president's campaign named on Friday afternoon. Crown was the co-chair of Obama's Illinois fundraising effort in 2008. Another Chicago business executive with strong Aspen ties to make the list is Penny Pritzker, who served as finance chair for then-Sen. Barack Obama's 2008 bid. She helped bring in between $100,000-$200,000 for the 2012 campaign.

Everyone on the list brought in at least $50,000 for Obama's reelection bid and joint Obama for America-Democratic National Committee victory fund with 31 people raising more than $500,000 including Hollywood producer Jeffrey Katzenberg, Vogue Editor Anna Wintour, Chairman and CEO Marc Benioff and Miami financial author Andrew Tobias. Colorado contributors include David Friedman of Longmont who raised between $100,000 and $200,000, and Tina Walls of Denver and David Kenney of Denver who, like Crown, made the $50,0000-$100,000 club.

But those with Aspen ties aren't done giving. First Lady Michelle Obama will arrive in our fair city a week from today, on Tuesday, July 26, for a luncheon to benefit her husband's bid for a second term, according to the Chicago Sun Times. The first lady will be hitting up two ski resorts in one day, first stopping in Park City, Utah, for a breakfast before hopping a flight to Aspen. It will be a quick fundraising trip. She will promptly return to Washington, D.C.

Aspen voters adore Obama. In 2008, he won more than 70 percent of the electorate in Pitkin County.

On the other side of the political aisle, the Republican Governors Association is scheduled to hold its annual executive roundtable in Aspen this Thursday and Friday in what is a growing trend of the Grand Old Party sipping tea behind enemy lines. The headliners for the executive roundtable include Texas Gov. Rick Perry who many are speculating may run against Obama. Perry, who succeeded Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour as the chairman of the Republican Governors Association, will meet with about 200 donors along with Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett and Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, according to the Washington Post.

Money, meanwhile, isn't coming around so easily for Republican freshman Congressman Scott Tipton, who represents Aspen and much of Colorado's Western Slope. Tipton was declared among the “losers” of 2012 campaign fundraising so far in Washington Post scribe Chris Cillizza's political blog titled "Monday Fix."

Tipton was among eight GOP freshman to raise less than $150,000. He has only raised about half of what fellow freshman Colorado Republican Rep. Cory Gardner generated over the same time period.

Democratic state Rep. Sal Pace, who is challenging Tipton in 2012, raised about $100,000 last quarter. But the state senator was raising money for just one month. Tipton's total is from a period three times as long.

In a statement to the press, the congressman downplayed any foreseeable trouble for his campaign.

"We are on pace to raise over a million dollars during this cycle, which is right where we want to be," Tipton wrote.

comments: 1 Comment on "Aspen is money for Obama"

Jen06 – July 22, 2011, at 12:08 p.m.

See now, when Obama repeatedly states that he will go after the jet set millionaires and billionaires, this is precisely what he is talking about….

Aspen, Hollywood, Martha’s Vineyard…he and MO will root them out alright…for campaign contributions.

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