President Obama will be back on the road Wednesday trolling for money, this time headed for Chicago to headline two fundraisers for the House Democrats’ political arm, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
Obama says he want to work with Republicans this year. But the intense commitment to fundraising he has made during what’s not even an election year seems to say otherwise. Or at least that he has a robust back up plan.
The Chicago trip is part of an obvious Obama strategy to seize control of Congress in 2014 and govern as he wants during his final two years in office. Gaining control of the House would also put Democrats in charge of the House committees, meaning the investigations of the president would come to and end.
That’s one reason why you’ll see Obama do all he can right now to resist a special prosecutor. If he can just flip the House in 2014, the only people probing his administration will be his sympathizers in the press.
Obama has committed to holding eight events for the DCCC this year alone, compared to only two he staged in 2009. The total does not include events he will attend for Senate Democrats, the DNC and individual candidates, pointing to an incredibly active political year.
Chicago is the third stop on his DCCC tour, with Obama having already staged big money DCCC events in San Francisco and New York City. Those fundraisers amassed some $3.25 million for House Democrats to play with.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, tickets for Obama’s Chicago DCCC bashes will cost attendees from $1,000 to $50,000 – the higher sums for those who can collect cash from their friends.