The Obama campaign is making a desperate final fundraising lunge to get the books looking as good as possible as the first quarter comes to a close Saturday night, with Obama himself doing four fundraisers today while his campaign sends out nonstop calls for cash.
The intense activity comes amid a backdrop of somewhat disappointing Obama fundraising totals.
Obama supporters have in recent days been bombarded with a cascade of pleading email requests from the campaign for $3, including missives from First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Obama campaign chief Jim Messina.
The latest went out from Michelle just this morning under the title “Me Again.” Michelle offers, as the campaign has in the past, to raffle off the president.
There’s one thing I forgot to mention:
If you chip in to support the campaign before the big deadline tomorrow, you’ll also be automatically entered to have dinner with my husband.
I had the chance to go to one of these “Dinners with Barack” just a few weeks back — and trust me, you don’t want to miss out on it.
The rock bottom pricing appears not only designed to raise money, but to pump up the total of small contributors so they obscure the number well-heeled liberals in places like New York City and California from whom he has been raising large amounts of cash.
Vice President Biden held five fundraisers over two days this week in Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois, culminating with an event in Chicago Thursday night. Michelle will host a fundraiser today in San Francisco after finishing a two-day vacation to South Dakota and Las Vegas.
President Obama today has two fundraisers in Burlington, Vermont and two in Portland Maine.
Though a sitting president, Obama’s money collection has been lagging behind his take as a candidate in 2008. In January of this year, the Obama campaign, the Democratic National Committee and two joint fundraising accounts with Democrats — the Obama Victory Fund and Swing State Victory Fund – raised $29 million, $7 million less than the than he raised in January 2008. In February, he raised $45 million, compared to $56 million in February 2008.
Most of the DNC’s money will be devoted to reelecting the president.
Meanwhile, the “SuperPac” allied with president, Priorities USA Action, has raised miniscule amounts compared to its Republican rivals.