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Obama Holds Campaign Fundraising Dinner At Gotham Bar and Grill

NEW YORK  (CBSNewYork/AP) -- President Barack Obama was in New York City Wednesday attending three fundraisers to raise money for his re-election bid.

The fundraisers included one at Gotham Bar and Grill, located in Greenwich Village, which went for $35,800 per head.  Obama also attended a fundraiser at the home of businessman Jack Rosen, chairman of the American Jewish Congress, where tickets went for at least $10,000, and another event at the Sheraton Hotel, where tickets began at $1,000.

The money will be split between the Democratic National Committee and the Obama re-election campaign.

Some big names were among 45 supporters attending the president's campaign fundraising dinner Wednesday night at Gotham Bar and Grill.

However, despite earlier reports, people with the Obama campaign said Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Seinfeld and Susan Sarandon did not attend the fundraiser.

On the menu? Roasted beet salad, steak and onion rings, with apple strudel, chocolate pecan pie and cinnamon ice cream for dessert. In honor of the visit by President Obama, the restaurant's chef said the menu was designed to "shine a little light" on American farms.

The president made his way to New York City after a trip to swing-state Pennsylvania earlier Wednesday.

His goals for the one-day trip were apparently two-fold. His visit to Scranton, Penn., was a move to press his case for a bigger temporary payroll tax cut that will boost paychecks.

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