Obama Plans Fund-Raising Trips to Aid Senate and House Candidates
By JEFF ZELENY
President Obama may have run his last political campaign, but that does not relieve him of his obligations to the Democratic Party.
The president, who has a vested interest in Democrats retaining their Senate majority and trying to narrow Republican control of the House, is already making plans to return to the campaign trail. He has agreed to hold at least 14 separate fund-raising events this year, a Democratic official familiar with the plans told The New York Times, characterizing it as an “aggressive schedule.”
The president is the top fund-raising draw of the Democratic Party. But to keep his Oval Office schedule in check, the official said that the White House has entered into the following agreement with the House and Senate campaign committees:
Mr. Obama will appear at 10 events outside Washington: five for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and five for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. He will also host one event for each committee in Washington as well as appearing at two joint fund-raising galas for House and Senate candidates.
The president’s fundraising schedule is likely to intensify even more next year. Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. will adhere to his own campaign schedule this year, as will First Lady Michelle Obama.