Obama campaigns with Whoopi Goldberg, gay donors

June 16, 2011 - 12:11 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will travel to New York next week to raise money at two separate events, one featuring entertainer Whoopi Goldberg and the other with contributors from the gay community.

An Obama campaign official confirmed the June 23 fundraisers on condition of anonymity, because the official wasn't authorized to speak publicly about the events. The Goldberg fundraiser is for donors who give in smaller amounts.

Obama has been busy raising money since he announced his re-election bid in April. He held three fundraisers in Miami this week.

The gay community has become more enthused about Obama since he signed the law repealing the 17-year-old ban on openly gay service members and since he directed the Justice Department to stop defending the law that prohibits federal recognition of same-sex unions.