President Obama jetted to Las Vegas yesterday for a glitzy fundraiser for Harry Reid, the Washington Post reports. Aides estimate the shindig, which cost revelers between $50 and $2,400, pulled in $2 million for Reid’s contentious reelection battle. Though Obama and Reid haven’t always seen eye-to-eye, Obama is counting on Reid to shepherd his ambitious agenda through the Senate.
The fundraiser, which also starred Sheryl Crow and Bette Midler, will boost Reid’s war chest by 40%. It also might mollify critics outraged by Obama’s February remark that TARP recipients “can’t go take a trip to Las Vegas…on the taxpayers’ dime.” Among those peeved: Republican Gov. Jim Gibbons, who refused to meet with Obama.