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Campaign Money Spent in Battleground States Being Raised in Big Coastal Cities

President Obama heads to New York City for three fundraisers Monday evening and while his race to retain the White House may be decided in a handful of swing states across the country, the campaign's battle for money to fund contests in places like Ohio, Colorado and Wisconsin is being waged in a handful of mostly large and coastal cities.

Obama for America has held 94 fundraisers in New York City, Chicago, Washington D.C. and the state of California while only 47 have taken place across the rest of the country. After the trio of New York events Monday, the total number of fundraisers held there and in California will reach 50.

In New York former President Bill Clinton will make the rounds with Mr. Obama at the three fundraisers across the city. The president returns to the Big Apple next week for a fundraiser at the home of former Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker. This round of fundraising comes on the heels of a New York fundraiser with singer Ricky Martin and a lavish Los Angeles event at the home of actor George Clooney.

Obama is also making a return trip to Los Angeles Wednesday for a LGBT fundraiser that will mark his 53rd event in either New York or California. The Los Angeles event comes after two fundraisers in San Francisco during the day.

Like Wednesday's events, all of the California fundraisers have taken place in the state's largest cities of Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego or their suburbs.

Republican challenger Mitt Romney's campaign has been quick to criticize the president's fundraising on the east and west coasts, some of which has been star-studded.

"While President Obama continues to highlight his ties to the rich and famous - on the heels of a devastating jobs report for Americans - this week we will continue to focus on how President Obama is hostile to job creators, particularly small business," Romney spokesperson Andrea Saul said in an email to reporters.

The Obama camp has said all along it would have to raise record amounts of money to counter Romney's campaign and the Political Action Committees that support it. Last month, Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod spoke of "contract killers" pouring money into the race on behalf of Romney.

"We're also going to be prepared, and I want to be clear, to respond to the attacks that we expect to continue from-- not just from the Romney campaign but from the Karl and Koch brothers contract killers over there in SuperPAC land, who are going to continue to pound away on behalf of Governor Romney," Axelrod said.

Romney has done his share of fundraising in the larger cities as well. Nineteen of 47 fundraisers tracked by the Sunlight Foundation have taken place in California, New York City, Chicago or Washington. And Romney held a July 2011 fundraiser overseas in London.

Romney has sought money in New York city five times and California eight times since starting his campaign or about 28 percent of his fundraisers.  President Obama has spent around 33 percent of his time campaigning in New York and California.

An analysis of numbers collected by both Fox News and the Sunlight foundation show that before Monday, President Obama has held as many New York and California fundraisers (47) as Romney has altogether.

Federal Election Commission numbers show the two campaigns took in nearly identical amounts of cash in April with the Romney and the RNC raking in $40.1 million. President Obama's campaign and the DNC took in $43.6 million at the same time.

Scroll down for a list of fundraisers attended President Obama and Mitt Romney.

 

Romney Fundraisers (through June 4, 2012)

 

Chicago (2)

 

September 26, 2011 - Chicago, IL

October 27, 2011 - Chicago, IL

 

California (8)

 

September 16, 2011 - Atherton, CA

December 7, 2011 - Burlingame, CA

March 26, 2012 - San Francisco, CA

May 30, 2012 - Palo Alto, CA

May 30, 2012 - Hillsborough, CA

June 1, 2012 - Riverside, CA

June 1, 2012 - Newport Beach, CA

June 2, 2012 - San Diego, CA

 

NYC (5)

 

June 28, 2011 - NYC

September 26, 2011 - NYC

September 27, 2011 - NYC

December 14, 2011 - NYC

April 17, 2012 - NYC

 

Washington (4)

 

July 26, 2011 - Washington DC

December 14, 2011 - Washington, DC

February 9, 2012 - Washington, DC

March 22, 2012 - Washington, DC

 

Everywhere Else (28)

 

June 8, 2011 - Grosse Point Shores, MI

June 20, 2011 - Boise State University, ID

July 6, 2011 - London, UK

July 11, 2011 - Portland, OR

August 14, 2011 - Osterville, MA

August 19, 2011 - Ketchum, ID

August 30, 2011 - Orlando, FL

September 21, 2011 - Miami, FL

October 12, 2011 - Portland, ME

October 17, 2011 - Las Vegas NV

November 7, 2011 - Plano, IL

November 10, 2011 - Bloomfield Hills, MI

November 29, 2011 - Tampa, FL

December 12, 2011 - Parsippany, NJ

February 8, 2012 - Atlanta, GA

February 8, 2012 - Atlanta, GA

February 21, 2012 - Shelby Township, MI

March 13, 2012 - Liberty, MO

April 16, 2012 - McLean, VA

April 18, 2012 - Charlotte, NC

May 2, 2012 - Chantilly, VA

May 2, 2012 - Arlington, VA

May 4, 2012 - Pittsburgh, PA

May 9, 2012 - Nichols Hills, OK

May 16, 2012 - Coral Gables, FL

May 17, 2012 - Boca Raton, FL

May 29, 2012 - Las Vegas

June 4, 2012 - Portland, OR

 

(Source: Sunlight Foundation's "Party Time" - Tracking the Political Party Circuit)

 

 

Obama Fundraisers (through June 4, 2012)

 

Chicago (13)

 

April 14, 2011 Chicago IL N9NE Restaurant

April 14, 2011 Chicago IL MK Restaurant

April 14, 2011 Chicago IL Navy Pier

August 3, 2011 Chicago IL Aragon Entertainment Center

August 3, 2011 Chicago IL Aragon Entertainment Center

Jan 11, 2012 Chicago IL University of Illinois at Chicago Forum

Jan 11, 2012 Chicago IL Event hosted by media mogul Fred Eychaner

Jan 11, 2012 Chicago IL Event hosted by John Rogers, Eric Whitaker

March 16, 2012 Chicago IL Palmer House Hilton

March 16, 2012 Chicago IL Palmer House Hilton

June 1, 2012 Chicago IL Chicago Cultural Center (televised)

June 1, 2012 Chicago IL Home of Chaka and Tracey Patterson

June 1, 2012 Chicago IL Home of Paula and Jim Crown

 

California (24)

 

April 20, 2011 San Francisco CA Private Residence

April 20, 2011 San Francisco CA Nob Hill Masonic Center

April 21, 2011 San Francisco CA St. Regis Hotel

April 21, 2011 Los Angeles CA Commissary at Sony Picture Studios

April 21, 2011 Los Angeles CA Soundstage 30 at Sony Picture Studios

April 21, 2011 Los Angeles CA Tavern Restaurant

Sept 25, 2011 San Diego CA Private Residence

Sept 25, 2011 Los Angeles CA Private Residence

Sept 26, 2011 San Diego CA Private Residence

Sept 26, 2011 W. Hollywood CA House of Blues

Sept 26, 2011 Los Angeles CA Private Residence

Oct 24, 2011 Los Angeles CA Private Residence

Oct 24, 2011 Los Angeles CA Home of Melanie Griffith

Oct 25, 2011 San Francisco CA W Hotel

Feb 15, 2012 Las Angeles CA Bell Residence (Foo Fighters concert)

Feb 15, 2012 Los Angeles CA Bell Residence (inside home)

Feb 16, 2012 Coronadel Mar CA Home of Jeff and Nancy Stack

Feb 16, 2012 San Francisco CA Mark Hopkins Intercontinental Hotel

Feb 16, 2012 San Francisco CA Home of novelist Robert Mailer Anderson

Feb 16, 2012 San Francisco CA Nob Hill Masonic Center

May 10, 2012 Los Angeles CA George Clooney's home

May 23, 2012 Atherton CA Residence of Doug Goldman software company

May 23, 2012 Redwood City CA Fox Theatre

May 24, 2012 San Jose CA Fairmont Hotel

 

NYC (23)

 

April 27, 2011 New York NY Private Residence

April 27, 2011 New York NY Waldorf Astoria

April 27, 2011 New York NY The Town Hall

June 23, 2011 New York NY Sheraton Hotel and Towers

June 23, 2011 New York NY Daniel

June 23, 2011 New York NY Broadway Theatre

Aug 11, 2011 New York NY Ritz-Carlton

Aug 11, 2011 New York NY Private Residence

Sept 19, 2011 New York NY Private Residence

Sept 20, 2011 New York NY Gotham Hall

Nov 30, 2011 New York NY Sheraton Hotel

Nov 30, 2011 New York NY Gotham Bar and Grill

Nov 30, 2011 New York NY Private Residence

Jan 19, 2012 New York NY Four-star restaurant Daniel 

Jan 19, 2012 New York NY Restaurant Daniel 

Jan 19, 2012 New York NY Spike Lee's Home

Jan 19, 2012 New York NY Apollo Theater

March 1, 2012 New York NY Home of Sarah and Victor Kovne

March 1, 2012 New York NY ABC Kitchen

March 1, 2012 New York NY ABC Carpet & Home

March 1, 2012 New York NY Home of interior decorator Michael Smith

May 14, 2012 New York NY Rubin Museum of Art

May 14, 2012 New York NY Home of Hamilton James, president of Blackstone

 

 

Washington (34)

May 16, 2011 Washington DC St. Regis Hotel

May 16, 2011 Washington DC Capital Hilton

May 19, 2011 Washington DC Grand Hyatt

May 19, 2011 Washington DC Private Residence

June 20, 2011 Washington DC Mandarin Oriental Hotel

June 20, 2011 Washington DC Mandarin Oriental Hotel

August 8, 2011 Washington DC Private Residence

August 8, 2011 Washington DC St. Regis Hotel

Sept 15, 2011 Washington DC Private Residence

Sept 15, 2011 Washington DC Private Residence

Sept 30, 2011 Washington DC Private Residence

Nov 7, 2011 Washington DC Private Residence

Dec 7, 2011 Washington DC The Jefferson hotel

Dec 14, 2011 Washington DC Posh St. Regis hotel

Jan 9, 2012 Washington DC Capital Hilton Hotel

Jan 9, 2012 Washington DC Jefferson Hotel

Jan 13, 2012 Washington DC Closed Press - Hotel

Jan 27, 2012 Washington DC Mandarin Oriental Hotel

Jan 31, 2012 Washington DC St. Regis Hotel

Feb 3, 2012 Washington DC The Jefferson hotel Closed Press

Feb 9, 2012 Washington DC Private Residence

Feb 10, 2012 Washington DC Jefferson Hotel

Feb 27, 2012 Washington DC Jefferson Hotel

March 6, 2012 Washington DC Jefferson Hotel

March 19, 2012 Washington DC W Hotel

April 5, 2012 Washington DC Jefferson Hotel

April 5, 2012 Washington DC Mandarin Oriental Hotel

April 11, 2012 Washington DC W Hotel

April 19, 2012 Washington DC W Hotel

April 25, 2012 Washington DC Jefferson Hotel

April 27, 2012 Washington DC Washington Convention Center

April 27, 2012 Washington DC Private residence

May 2, 2012 Washington DC W Hotel

May 2, 2012 Washington DC W Hotel

 

 

Everywhere else (47)

May 10, 2011 Austin TX Moody Theater

May 10, 2011 Austin TX Private Residence

May 18, 2011 Boston MA Boston Center for the Arts

May 18, 2011 Boston MA Private Residence

June 13, 2011 Miami FL Private Residence

June 13, 2011 Miami FL Adrienne Arsht Center

June 13, 2011 Miami FL Private Residence

June 14, 2011 San Juan PR Caribe Hilton

June 30, 2011 Philadelphia PA Hyatt at the Bellevue

June 30, 2011 Philadelphia PA Private Residence

Sept 25, 2011 Seattle WA Private Residence

Sept 25, 2011 Seattle WA Paramount Theater

Oct 4, 2011 Dallas TX Sheraton Hotel

Oct 4, 2011 Dallas TX Sheraton Hotel

Oct 4, 2011 St. Louis MO Renaissance Hotel

Oct 4, 2011 St. Louis MO Private Residence

Oct 11, 2011 Orlando FL Sheraton Orlando Downtown Hotel

Oct 11, 2011 Orlando FL Private Residence

Oct 24, 2011 Las Vegas NV The Bellagio hotel and casino

Oct 25, 2011 Denver CO Pepsi Center

Oct 25, 2011 Denver CO Pepsi Center

Nov 14, 2011 Ko Olina HI Aulani Disney Resort

Jan 31, 2012 Chevy Chase MD Private Residence

Feb 17, 2012 Medina WA Private Residence

Feb 17, 2012 Everett WA Westin Bellevue Hotel

Feb 23, 2012 Windermere FL NBA player Vince Carter's home

Feb 23, 2012 Coral Gables FL Lawyer Chris Korge's home

Feb 23, 2012 Miami FL Biltmore Hotel

March 9, 2012 Houston TX Minute Maid Park

March 9, 2012 Houston TX Private Residence

March 16, 2012 Atlanta GA Tyler Perry Studios

March 16, 2012 Atlanta GA Tyler Perry Home

March 16, 2012 Atlanta GA Private Residence

March 30, 2012 Burlington VT University of Vermont in Burlington

March 30, 2012 Burlington VT Sheraton Burlington

March 30, 2012 Portland ME Southern Maine Community College in Portland

March 30, 2012 Portland ME Portland Museum of Art

 

April 10, 2012 Palm Beach FL Private Residence 

 

April 10, 2012 Hollywood FL Westin Diplomat Hotel

 

April 10, 2012 Golden Beach FL Private Residence

April 18, 2012 Dearborn MI Henry Ford Museum

April 18, 2012 Bingham Farms MI private residence 

April 29, 2012 McLean VA Home of Terry McAuliffe

May 10, 2012 Seattle WA Private Residence

May 23, 2012 Denver CO Hyatt Regency

May 24, 2012 Des Moines IA Iowa State Fairgrounds

June 1, 2012 Minneapolis MN Bachelor Farmer

 

(Source: Fox News Tracking)