Obama plans fundraising tour for Democrats
February 7th, 2013
10:07 AM ET
1 year ago

Obama plans fundraising tour for Democrats

Washington (CNN) – House and Senate Democrats up for re-election in 2014 will get a boost from their party's most recognizable face when President Barack Obama returns to the campaign trail in 2013.

Democratic Party officials confirmed Thursday that the president would hold 14 fund-raising events this year for Congressional Democrats, details that appeared first in the New York Times.

The officials confirmed the Times' report that Obama would appear at 10 events for candidates outside of Washington - five each for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Each committee will also host an event featuring the president in D.C., and Obama will attend two joint galas for Democratic candidates.

The news of Obama's upcoming fund-raising efforts for Democrats comes as Congress prepares for major legislation on a wide range of issues, from gun control measures to comprehensive immigration reform. Obama vowed to tackle those issues and more during his inaugural address in January, and will rely on House and Senate Democrats to help shepherd them through Congress.

The president spoke to House and Senate Democrats at their respective retreats this week, where lawmakers were huddling ahead of the busy legislative months to come.

In the 2014 midterm elections, Democrats will again seek to regain the House majority they lost in 2010. Republicans currently hold a 232-200 majority in the lower chamber. Three seats are vacant. In the Senate, Democrats will be defending 21 of the 35 seats up for grabs in 2014.

Since losing the House majority to the GOP in 2010, some Democrats have been left disappointed on issues where Obama struck a deal with Republican leaders, such as the deal to avert a government shutdown in 2011 and the agreement avoiding the fiscal cliff at the beginning of the year.

Both Republicans and Democrats have also grumbled about the president's seeming unwillingness to work with rank and file members, choosing instead to deal primarily with the House and Senate leadership, and often delegating negotiations to Biden or top aides.

The president is the Democratic Party's biggest draw, and raised a record amount of money during his 2012 bid for re-election.


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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Disgusted

    No work to do at the White House, so he might as well spend more taxpayer money.

    February 7, 2013 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    Obama is already campaigning for 2016. I see a major effort ahead, to set aside term limits........and the potential for a major violent conflict.

    February 7, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  3. LibParrots

    Obama campaigning.....there's some breaking news!

    February 7, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  4. lottie

    good deal lets get a jump on the repos. Im sure they would do the same.

    February 7, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  5. Tom

    Sure would be nice if Obama would act like a President and be presidential, but when you're neither, both are impossible to perform.

    February 7, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  6. Gurgyl

    Focus on jobs. Foreigners are hired while Americans stay home. Pathetic idiocy.

    February 7, 2013 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ Gurgyl:
    Foreigners are hired while Americans stay home.
    -------------------------------------------------
    Gurgyl, you're a foreigner and so am I so let me say this to you with all due respect: ever think that the reason us foreigners are hired IS because Americans stay at home?
    I'm usually in agreement with you, but sometimes Gurgyl.....

    February 7, 2013 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  8. John

    When did he STP campaigning?

    February 7, 2013 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Rick McDaniel wrote:

    Obama is already campaigning for 2016. I see a major effort ahead, to set aside term limits........and the potential for a major violent conflict.
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    Yupper. Third term, here we come. America is still paying the price for the Bush Error Tax Cuts. The economy needs a serious hip replacement.

    February 7, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  10. SuperD

    He did this in 2010 and it didn't work out very good. Heck Obama could be toxic by 2014, don't say it couldn't happen.

    February 7, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  11. Steven Colo

    I predicted this. Grover Norquist and the NRA are using the threat of a primary or general election challenge to bend Congressmen to their will. Only a matter of time before Obama, with his massive political organization, would counter in kind.

    February 7, 2013 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  12. Fair is Fair

    Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ Gurgyl:
    Foreigners are hired while Americans stay home.
    -----------------
    Gurgyl, you're a foreigner and so am I so let me say this to you with all due respect: ever think that the reason us foreigners are hired IS because Americans stay at home?
    I'm usually in agreement with you, but sometimes Gurgyl.....
    -----–
    But you ARE an American, Dom Mom... you have the right to vote, and the franchise is only given to citizens. Don't refer to yourself as a foreigner... you may have been at one point (weren't we all?)

    February 7, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |