President Obama isn't merely coming to Miami Friday for a fundraiser. He's coming for three, one hosted by the Democratic National Committee and two for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. And, of course, the president is expected to play golf but that's not yet confirmed.
There are no public events scheduled as of yet. So most if not all details about the fundraisers will come from the White House. So far it looks like the fundraisers are being held by:
Jorge Mas Santos (DSCC), a Cuban American National Foundation leader and CEO of MasTec who contributed $5,000 last year to Rep. Joe Garcia.
Ralph G. Patino (DNC), a top personal-injury attorney who contributed $88,800 last year to various committees and candidates.
Patino's Coral Gables fundraiser sounds a little different from your standard fundraiser. Patino says it'll be more of a roundtable with about 30 donors-business leaders to talk about the topic of the day and year. DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz will attend (Sen. Bill Nelson is expected at the DSCC events).
"It's an open forum," Patino said. "There's not one particular goal."
Patino emerged last year as a key fundraiser in the Hispanic community for the Obama campaign's Futuro Fund. The money (along with the Obama campaign's know-how) helped the president win the Hispanic vote in Florida and the nation. Obama also came close to winning the Cuban-American vote, once solidly Republican.
Patino said he recently started up a 501c4 called ACT, an abbreviation for "Americano Como Tú" ("American Like You") to improve Hispanic political participation. While unabashedly progressive, Patino said Republicans could receive ACT's support as well for supporting things like immigration reform or farmworker rights.