Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama visit South Florida to raise political money

The nation’s top Democrats are tapping South Florida donors for political cash.

Hillary Clinton, the overwhelming favorite for the Democratic presidential nomination, begins a two-day Florida swing on Thursday to raise money to fuel her quest to reach the White House. She has two fundraisers in Miami-Dade County on Thursday. She’ll hit Broward on Friday morning, then travel to the Orlando area for a fourth money stop.

Clinton arrives for her Coconut Grove and Coral Gables fundraisers just as President Barack Obama is leaving.

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His Wednesday schedule had two high-dollar events for the Democratic National Committee in Miami-Dade County. A dinner cost $10,000 a person or $15,000 for a couple, and what was billed as a “discussion” with the president cost $33,400 a head.

After an overnight stay, he is tacking on a Thursday morning visit to the National Hurricane Center in west Miami-Dade. That’s a typical move by presidents of both parties; adding an official government event to a political trip means the government picks up more of the costs of transporting the president on Air Force One.

Clinton’s fundraising events aren’t as pricey as the president’s. But it’s unclear when or if anyone without the $2,700 admission price will get to see the candidate. The Clinton campaign hasn’t announced any other events and Democratic leaders said Wednesday they hadn’t heard about any public activities.

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In Broward, the former secretary of state, former U.S. senator from New York and former first lady will raise money at the Parkland home of Mike Moskowitz. He’s one of the county’s top Democratic fundraisers and the father of state Rep. Jared Moskowitz, who represents northwest Broward and is co-hosting the events.

Jared Moskowitz said he expects about 100 people at the event. In February 2008, the Moskowitzes hosted a Hillary Clinton presidential campaign fundraiser featuring her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

The location for Friday’s event is the same: the elder Moskowitz’s Parkland home. In Orlando, the fundraiser host is the trial lawyer John Morgan, best known for championing efforts to legalize medical marijuana in Florida.

Closed-door fundraisers and carefully scripted, limited-access public events have been a hallmark of Clinton’s candidacy since she became an official candidate in April — prompting lots of barbs from Republicans.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, criticized Clinton’s approach in a statement Wednesday as the Democrat was headed for a stop in South Carolina.

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Rubio wrote that Clinton is acting “with the belief that it is her turn to be president of the United States. This will be apparent in the way she continues to do the bare minimum required of a presidential candidate, taking little care to explain her vision, offer new ideas, respond to the concerns of voters, or even sit for interviews with reporters.”

He said Clinton’s approach “may be convenient for her, but it does a grave disservice to the people.”

In a May 20 campaign appearance in West Palm Beach, Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina also criticized the way Clinton is conducting her campaign.

Fiorina said she’s answered close to 400 questions since she became a presidential candidate on May 4, contrasting herself with Clinton, who had answered about 20 questions from news reporters since officially becoming a Democratic presidential candidate in mid April.

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