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Done Raising Money Yet?

To paraphrase someone famous, At some point, you’ve raised enough money. President Obama’s decision to go on a whirlwind West Coast fundraising tour while facing so many foreign policy crises is so incomprehensible it even has Democratic allies who stand to benefit from the loot he picks up scratching their heads. “I think the world would very much respect his increased attention on this matter,”

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Obama Headed West for Three-Day Fundraising Tour

President Obama Tuesday will embark on a three-day West Coast swing to drum up cash for Democrats, making himself the star attraction at no less than five fundraising events. Obama departs early this afternoon for Seattle, where events to benefit the Democratic National Committee and Senate Democrats are on tap. On Wednesday in San Francisco Obama will host an event for House Democrats and then

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Los Angeles Braces for Obama Jam

No, it’s not some new jelly from Michelle’s White House garden. President Obama routinely ties up traffic for commuters in New York City and Los Angeles while driving around to pick up cash. Not that it stops them from voting for him. He arrives in L.A. today right in the middle of afternoon rush hour, which is the same time he always seems to land in New

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Obama to go on Fundraising Tear this Week

President Obama, whose main role these days seems to be raising money for Democrats, will be jetting out to California Wednesday to lighten the wallets of some of the wealthy Democrats commonly found in the state. He lands in Los Angeles, where he will participate in a combined fundraising event for House and Senate Democrats. Then on Thursday things get really serious with FOUR fundraisers in a

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Obamas to Host Fundraisers in Houston

Updated April 8 at 9:43 pm ET In a rare joint effort, President and Mrs. Obama will travel to Houston Wednesday to hold a series of fundraisers for the DNC and House and Senate Democrats, according to the White House. The two will remain overnight in Houston and depart on Thursday. The Obamas’ full Wednesday schedule is available here. The money events will begin after

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Obama Boston Visit Presents Security Nightmare

President Obama’s visit to Boston today presents the city with a security nightmare, with thousands of police officers required from 40 communities to handle Obama’s late afternoon fundraiser and then his departure from the city – as well as the World Series game that starts soon after. Obama will be in Boston today for a speech on Obamacare and a fundraiser for Congressional Democrats. It’s

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Obama Raises Up to $1 Million for the DNC

President Obama is back to big time fundraising, heading out this evening to a fancy hotel in Washington to meet with a few well-heeled donors who ponied up megabucks to be in the same room with Obama. The money goes to the Democratic National Committee, no doubt for use in the 2014 campaign. A DNC official said “the event with the president had around 30

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Obama Rewards Fundraiser Katzenberg with Private Dinner

President Obama rewarded DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, who spent millions on his reelection effort, with a private dinner at the hotel where Obama was staying in Los Angeles. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney spouted some nonsense today about them having dinner together because they are simply the closest of friends. From a pool report released late-morning Pacific Time: Press Secretary Jay Carney tells pool that

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Fundraiser-in-Chief Headed to Sweet Home Chicago

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

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Obama Partying in New York With Rich Celebrities

Gosh this sounds familiar. The election – not even the presidential election – is a year and a half away, and already President Obama is flying to New York City for three fundraisers in an evening. It’s overcast for the White House, but the stars were out, of course. From the pool report: Pool was ushered into Harvey Weinstein’s 5 story West Village town home

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White House for Sale? Obama Puts Bundlers in Top Posts

What do President Obama’s nominees this week for Commerce Secretary, U.S. Trade Representative, and FCC Chairman all have in common? They each raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Obama’s presidential campaigns. Commerce nominee Penny Pritzker, USTR choice Michael Froman and FCC appointee Thomas Wheeler were all major league “bundlers” for Obama’s presidential campaigns, putting them among an elite corps of Obama rainmakers who amassed

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Obama: Nancy Walks on Water Too

Appearing at a fundraiser in her San Francisco hometown, President Obama Wednesday laid it on thick for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, lauding her as a “visionary” leader who is nevertheless also “practical” and even “spoils her grandkids.” Most Republicans view Pelosi as among the most partisan leaders in either Party, sticking to a typical liberal agenda and doing – and saying – whatever it

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