Obama Headlines Reid's $2M Vegas Fundraiser

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 27, 2009 10:36 AM CDT
Obama Headlines Reid's $2M Vegas Fundraiser
President Barack Obama leaves the stage at a fundraising event for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Nev., Tuesday, May 26, 2009.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

President Obama jetted to Las Vegas yesterday for a glitzy fundraiser for Harry Reid, the Washington Post reports. Aides estimate the shindig, which cost revelers between $50 and $2,400, pulled in $2 million for Reid’s contentious reelection battle. Though Obama and Reid haven’t always seen eye-to-eye, Obama is counting on Reid to shepherd his ambitious agenda through the Senate.

The fundraiser, which also starred Sheryl Crow and Bette Midler, will boost Reid’s war chest by 40%. It also might mollify critics outraged by Obama’s February remark that TARP recipients “can’t go take a trip to Las Vegas…on the taxpayers’ dime.” Among those peeved: Republican Gov. Jim Gibbons, who refused to meet with Obama. (More Barack Obama stories.)

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