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 (Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press)
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Hillary Clinton dropped by the resort island of Martha’s Vineyard over the weekend to pick up more than $3 million in campaign contributions.

Thirty people contributed $50,000 apiece to attend the Saturday night function at the summer home of Lynn Forester de Rothschild, a wealthy investment manager so committed to Clinton that she couldn’t bring herself to vote for then-Sen. Barack Obama after he defeated Clinton in the 2008 Democratic primary.

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama were on the island at the time of the Saturday fundraiser, but aides to the president said early on that the president did not plan to attend. Instead, the Obamas made a semi-public appearance dining on the white linens of Chesca’s Restaurant in this well-heeled part of the island. Dozens of people gathered as they ate and cheered them as they departed for their motorcade.

But the events of the day on the island were Clinton fundraisers. Edgartown salons were full of people getting ready for events that evening, including one set under a sprawling white tent on the waterfront property of businessman Frank Biondi, former CEO of Universal Studios, and wife Carol.

Biondi said his and his wife’s event raised almost $2 million and included nearly 800 people who own summer homes or live on the island year-round. Attendees at this party contributed between $1,000 and $27,000 apiece, Biondi said.

At the Rothschild event, an aide to Clinton said, Clinton talked about how America succeeds when “everyone shares in the rewards, not just those at the top.”

Rothschild, chief executive of the private investment company E.L. Rothschild, is also the founder of the Coalition for Inclusive Capitalism, promoting business and investment practices meant to “extend the opportunities and benefits of our economic system to everyone,” according to its mission statement.

Rothschild has supported Clinton since the early 1990s and, after emerging as one of her earliest backers in the 2008 Democratic primary for president, announced publicly that she would support Republican nominee John McCain over Obama. She made a name in the popular press with her subsequent appearances on cable television questioning Obama’s qualifications to serve in the White House.

6:40 p.m, Aug. 22: This post has been corrected to reflect that the fundraiser under the waterfront tent was the Biondis', not Rothschild’s, and updated to add details on the Biondis' event.

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