"I miss all the fun stuff," Michelle Obama lamented to a couple hundred people who had packed into the low-lit sanctuary of 538 Park last night. "They just pull me in."
The first lady had taken the stage, a few minute before 6:30, and just after the evening's big performance, which featured a dozen actors who had portrayed the president or first lady—on television or film—reading some classic, and not-so-classic, selections about America.
One man's dream: A $5 M. eco-hacker colony, with farms, stores and 'sleeping pods,' in a busy Brooklyn district
A few months ago, tech guy Sean Auriti noticed a triangular fenced-in parking lot around the corner from the Graham Avenue L stop. Before long, he was sending emails to friends on hackerspace email lists announcing his plan to buy the lot and construct a fully operational hacker ecosystem.(2)
Mitt Romney's campaign waited more than a week to announce that the Republican nominee had almost equaled President Obama's $181 million haul in September.
Despite a massive lead in fund-raising and in the polls, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand isn't saving much money for her next run in six years.
Gillibrand raised $1.4 million in the latest fund-raising quarter, for a total haul of $15.2 million this cycle, according to her campaign.
But, with three ads currently running across New York, and with more time booked for future ads, her campaign reported just $2.58 million in cash on hand, which means she has spent nearly $8 million since the end of June.
After an earlier report that President Obama's re-election campaign had raised an impressive $150 million in September, the campaign officially announced this morning that, in fact, it had exceeded that number by 20 percent, collecting an eye-popping $181 million last month.
"I don't think I have to tell you how huge that number is," wrote campaign manager Jim Messina in an email to supporters.
After months of lagging behind, Priorities USA, the super PAC supporting President Obama, out-raised its counterpart backing Mitt Romney in August.
Priorities raised just over $10 million, compared to $7 million for Restore Our Future, the Romney-sanctioned super PAC.
The jumpstart included some help from a few familiar New York donors.
Shortly after Mitt Romney's campaign announced that it had posted yet another $100-million month--raising a combined $111.6 million in August--President Obama's campaign took to Twitter to say it had done them one better.
"Huge news: our grassroots campaign outraised the Romney campaign in August—the first time we've done so since April," the Obama campaign wrote on Twitter. "The campaign and combined committees raised over $114 million in August to the Romney campaign's $111 million."
Mitt Romney's campaign reported a combined haul of $101.3 million in July, the third straight month it has outraised President Obama's campaign.
Former White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett will join actor Julianna Margulies at a cocktail fund-raiser for President Obama's re-election campaign in New York City on July 31.
The Obama campaign is trying its hand at another celebrity raffle.
After raffling off a couple of spots at his glitzy fund-raiser with George Clooney in California last month, the Obama campaign is taking the same tack with an event at Sarah Jessica Parker's home in New York.
At an early evening fund-raiser in the Rubin Museum, gay-rights advocates celebrated President Obama's new stance on same-sex marriage.
Jon Cooper, a bundler for Barack Obama's re-election campaign, thinks today's announcement on same-sex marriage is going to be very helpful.
"I hadn't seen any diminution in support for Obama among LGBT donors or progressive donors for that over the past few weeks, despite the previous disappointment not to move forward with the executive order banning LGBT discrimination by federal contractors," Cooper said. "That being said, I think that this statement by the president expressing his personal support for same-sex marriage is going to make my life immeasurably easier raising money from LGBT donors and progressives in general."
Last week, Priorities USA Action, the main super PAC supporting President Obama, leaked its $2 million in February fund-raising total and tried to put a good spin on it.
Co-founder Bill Burton told ABC News that was "40 times better than January," and ABC reported it as a "positive step" for the PAC, following an anemic January, when it raised just over $58,000.