Washington (CNN) - With President Barack Obama's approval ratings near all-time lows, there are a number of congressional Democrats facing challenging reelection campaigns this year who aren't screaming for him to join them on the campaign trail.
But when it comes to fundraising, Obama remains the party's top rainmaker, and lawmakers definitely want his help accumulating campaign cash.
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Thursday, Rep. Steve Israel of New York, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, told House Democrats meeting at a retreat in Cambridge, Maryland, that Obama has committed to six DCCC fundraisers this year.
A Democratic source who was in the room when Israel made his presentation added that the DCCC chairman said that Obama has the potential to do more fundraisers.
One will be on March 20 at the Miami, Florida, home of former NBA star Alonzo Mourning, according to an invitation obtained by CNN.
The news about the fundraisers comes a few days after a Democratic official told CNN that the President had signed up to headline six fundraisers for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Two of the events will be held in New York and Washington.
And Obama will be the main attraction at three fundraisers later this month and in March for the Democratic National Committee.
Democrats hold a 55-45 majority in the Senate (53 Democrats and two independents who caucus with the party), but are defending 21 of the 36 seats up for grabs in November's midterm elections.
And half of the seats the Democrats are defending are located in red or purple states. In the House, the Democrats need to win back a challenging 17 GOP held seats to regain control of the chamber.
Thanks in part to Obama’s help, both party committee's out-raised their GOP counterparts last year. The money will be needed. To date this cycle, outside conservative groups, led by Americans For Prosperity, have greatly outspent outside Democratic groups in the 2014 campaign ad wars.
According to the source at the Democratic retreat, Israel said the DCCC would attempt to make the House contests about "who's on your side," and that Democrats running for reelection need stay on offense, no matter the political environment.
Republicans feel emboldened due to the President's low approval ratings and the well- publicized problems last year with the start-up of Obamacare. And the traditional smaller and older electorate during the midterm contests usually favors the GOP over the Democrats.