Some 17 months before Election Day 2014, Vice President Biden is on his way to becoming a full time fundraiser for the Democratic Party, having been scheduled to host events four out of five days this week.
Biden’s new full time occupation is part of what has become an take-no-prisoners White House campaign to seize Congress for the Democrats and rule as much as possible by fiat the last two years of President Obama’s term.
Obama Wednesday staged three fundraisers in two states, bringing his total for the year to 18. And now Biden too is jumping onto the money-grabbing circuit with gusto.
As the vice president tours the country raising cash, taxpayers will foot a substantial portion of bill, especially when “official” non-political events are thrown in, as is the case with Biden’s fundraiser in California Friday.
Biden’s fundraising not only helps Obama but, perhaps more importantly for Biden, it builds up IOUs among Democrats whose support he will seek should he run for president in 2016, as widely expected.
Biden started the week with a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee in Washington Monday. On Tuesday, he attended another Washington event, this one for Rep. Ed Markey, the Democratic Senate candidate in Massachusetts.
Biden took Wednesday off. He was scheduled to attend another DNC fundraiser Thursday in Washington, but the event was called off because of forecasts for heavy rain.
Today he will travel San Francisco to once again raise money for the DNC. But first he will land at Camp Pendleton for an official event with children of military service members who have been killed. The event will help defray the costs to the DNC of bringing Biden out to California.