NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — If you’re making your way around New York City on Thursday evening, there is a chance you will run into some presidential gridlock.

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President Barack Obama has four fundraisers in the city and a visit here is not that unusual for him.

The president’s New York itinerary included a $35,800 per ticket fundraiser at the home of film director Spike Lee and an event starting at $100 per ticket at the famed Apollo Theater, featuring performances by Al Green and India.Arie.

Obama, who raised more than $220 million for his campaign and the Democratic National Committee through the end of 2011, told supporters that the 2012 campaign would be difficult.

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“New York City is Obama’s favorite place to turn to for campaign cash,” said Michael Beckel at the Center for Responsive Politics.

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People gathered outside the Apollo Theater in Harlem, where President Obama held a fundraiser. (credit: Eileen Lehpamer, 1010 WINS)

He said the need to collect cash is so great, it is actually limiting the pool of candidates.

“The necessity of raising money in the modern system can scare some people out of running for office,” he told WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell.

Mr. Obama also had two events at Daniel Boulud’s restaurant Daniel.

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