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Obama to somehow start having even more fundraisers

By Doug Powers  •  July 31, 2012 04:51 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

He’s already got a lot on his plate, but this will cause even more Americans who are having trouble finding work to pose the question that’s on all our minds: Will he still be able to find time to golf?

President Obama will host a series of high-dollar fundraisers in the coming weeks and is expected to add more events than usual after the Democratic National Convention.

The string of upcoming events reflects deep worry in Chicago about competing with the tidal wave of cash being raised by outside groups aimed at electing Mitt Romney.

The impetus for more and more big fundraisers just 98 days before the election is also in stark contrast with where Obama was in his matchup against Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in 2008, when he had a substantial financial advantage fueled by individual donations.

Obama has spent a considerable amount of time fundraising in recent days.

On Monday afternoon, he flew to New York to attend a fundraising dinner with 60 attendees at a cost of $40,000 per person. The trip came on the heels of high-dollar fundraisers in Washington, D.C. and Virginia on Friday, after a week of attending several fundraisers on the West Coast — including the campaign’s honey pot in Northern California.

Times are tough, but expect the president to stay focused like a laser because he knows his re-election greatly depends on a healthy Big Three: George Clooney, Eva Longoria and Anna Wintour.

Maybe Team Obama would raise money a little faster if they could convince their own people to use the campaign’s gift registry.

With a fundraising deadline looming, Obama has personally donated $5,000 to his campaign — which is about 500 car magnets. Baby steps:

**Written by Doug Powers

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