Reporters kept out as Obama attends $50,000 per plate fundraiser

President Obama began his October campaign activities on Thursday — behind closed doors.

The president attended a fundraiser for Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn on Thursday, looking to boost the embattled Democrat facing a tough reelection battle this fall.


According to the Quinn campaign, the 25 attendees at the lunchtime event paid $50,000 each to attend.

It's not known what the president's message to the high-dollar Democratic donors was. Reporters were kept outside the Gold Coast home of Meredith Bluhm-Wolf, the chairwoman of a private investment company.

Bluhm-Wolf's father, Neil Bluhm, is a billionaire Chicago real estate developer who was among the top donors to Obama's presidential campaign. He bundled between $200,000 and $500,000 for the president in 2012, and hosted a $30,000-per-plate birthday party fundraiser when Obama turned 50.

Bluhm-Wolf's husband, William Wolf, was also an early supporter of the president, pouring thousands into his Senate campaign.

Following the fundraiser Thursday, Obama will head to Northwestern University, where he's expected to speak about the state of the U.S. economy.