President Barack Obama was making a pitch Thursday about the job-creating potential of investing in clean energy before talking up his re-election at a pair of fundraising events with high-dollar campaign contributors.
Obama planned to tour a Michigan factory that makes advanced batteries for alternative-fuel vehicles such as hybrids or all-electrics.
After wrapping up his second visit to Holland, Mich., in 13 months, Obama was bound for a pair of $35,800-a-ticket Manhattan fundraisers: a reception with about 15 people at the Ritz-Carlton hotel and a dinner for 50 at a private home, a Democratic official said.
Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and movie producer Harvey Weinstein are the dinner hosts. The reception host is Gary Hirshberg, chief executive officer of organic yogurt maker Stonyfield Farm.
The $35,800 admission price is the legal maximum per person. Obama's campaign keeps $5,000 and the Democratic National Committee pockets the remaining $30,800.
Obama's campaign canceled 10 fundraisers around the country last month so the president could stay in Washington to help negotiate a deal allowing the government to borrow more money and avoid defaulting on its bills.
With a deal now in place, Obama is trying to make up fundraising ground, although campaign officials have acknowledged that they won't bring in as much money this summer as the $86 million that was raised in the spring and shared with the DNC.
Thursday's fundraiser will be Obama's fifth campaign event since he signed the debt-ceiling bill into law on Aug. 2. It's also his third donor event of the week.