Washington: US President Barack Obama's re-election team collected a million dollars within the first 90 minutes of announcing his support for gay marriage.
According to New York Daily News, the Obama campaign sent a fundraising e-mail simply entitled ''Marriage'' to supporters after Obama's campaign.
Donations came in from Obama's Hollywood friends and gay supporters.
The President is set to attend a Monday Manhattan money party thrown by a gay and Latino group.
The President was set to spend Thursday night with a left-leaning crowd at George Clooney's Los Angeles home, where a 40,000-dollar-a-plate dinner was expected to net another USD 15 million.
A donation of another USD three million is expected from a pair of Seattle cash bashes on Thursday.
White House insiders admit that pressure from big-money donors, frustrated by Obama's previous lack of support for same-sex marriage had played a role in the President's sudden about-face.
Meanwhile, Obama admitted that Vice President Joe Biden's remarks on same-sex marriage forced him to move his own announcement on gay couples' rights up.
First Published: Friday, May 11, 2012, 17:52