[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/03/18/art.boxer.gi.jpg caption ="President Obama will attend a fundraiser Monday for California Sen. Barbara Boxer."]Washington (CNN) - President Obama heads west Monday afternoon to headline two political fundraisers for his party and for a fellow Democrat. It's the president's second night of fundraising over the past four days.
Obama is the main attraction at two events in Los Angeles for the Democratic National Committee and Sen. Barbara Boxer of California. According to the White House schedule, the president will deliver remarks at a fundraising reception Boxer and the DNC at the California Science Center. Then Obama heads to the Museum of Natural History of Los Angeles, where he will speak at a fundraising dinner for Boxer and the DNC. A Democratic source confirms to CNN that the two events will raise at least $3 million in campaign cash.
Last Thursday, Obama headlined two DNC fundraisers in Miami that brought in around $2.5 million for the party, according to a Democratic source.
The Democratic National Committee says it raised at least $13 million in March. Its counterpart, the Republican National Committee, reports raising $11.4 million last month.
Boxer faces what's expected to be a tough re-election battle as she makes a bid this year for a fourth term in office. A recent Los Angeles Times/USC poll indicated that only four in 10 California voters approved of the job Boxer is doing as senator, with 38 percent saying they disapprove. According to a recent Field Poll, 51 percent of California voters had an unfavorable view of Boxer, with 38 percent seeing her in a positive light. And a recent Public Policy Institute of California survey indicated Boxer in dead heats in hypothetical general election matchups with Republican candidates Carly Fiorina, a former Hewlett-Packard CEO, and former Rep. Tom Campbell. According to the PPI poll, Boxer slightly leads state Assemblyman Chuck DeVore in a possible November matchup.
The DNC and the Boxer campaign will reimburse the White House for travel costs for the president's travel to California.
In mid-May, the president travels to New York to headline a fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, according to another Democratic source.
Update at 12:30 p.m. ET: The National Republican Senatorial Campaign is criticizing the fundraisers.
"Barbara Boxer and President Obama's decision to hobnob with celebrities at a lavish private fundraiser in Hollywood instead of addressing the real concerns of voters who are struggling with record unemployment simply demonstrates how out of touch they are with average Californians," says NRSC spokeswoman Amber Marchand, in an email release.
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