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Obama 2012 campaign manager, Jim Messina, is on his first coast-to-coast swing this week, Politics Daily has learned, to huddle with major donors from President Obama's 2008 presidential campaign about building an organization to bankroll Obama's drive for a second term.

In addition, the grassroots arm of the Democratic National Committee, Organizing for America, is gearing up for 2012 on several fronts, including in a few weeks ramping up an outreach aimed at Latino and African-American small businesses owners in urban areas.

Messina, who wrapped up two years in the White House as deputy chief of staff for operations on Friday, was in San Franciso on Monday, Los Angeles on Tuesday and will be, weather permitting, in New York on Thursday and Boston on Friday. He was scheduled to be in Chicago for meetings on Wednesday, but the monster snow storm forced him to postpone the sessions until the end of the month.

Obama's 2012 campaign headquarters will be in Chicago, and even though a formal kickoff is set for March or April, putting together a fundraising apparatus at this stage is crucial. Traveling with Messina is Democratic National Committee Finance Director Rufus Gifford, who will likely to be the finance director of the 2012 campaign.

Obama may need to raise as much as $1 billion for 2012. Messina is prospecting with donors, not asking for any money; the Obama team has not yet filed papers to create an Obama 2012 organization with the Federal Election Commission. That is expected to take place in the coming days.

In Chicago, Messina was to have met with media mogul Fred Eychaner, a Democratic megadonor; business executive Neil Bluhm, a member of the Obama 2008 National Finance Committee, and Laura Ricketts, one of the Chicago Cubs owners.

In New York, Messina is scheduled for a session at the home of Observatory Group chief Jane Hartley and Evercore chief executive Ralph Schlosstein.

FOOTNOTE: The Democratic National Committee winter meeting is in Washington Feb. 24-26.

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methnkng

Obama is changing course, thankfully. He is getting it. If he wants the working and middle class to come back to the party, he is going to have to start implementing policies that help us, rather than the monied elite. That means penalizing companies that outsource, and rewarding those that create jobs here. That means fully enforcing our immigration laws with no amnesty in any form.
That means reigning in Wall Street. Let's hope he does it.

February 05 2011 at 6:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
fpfp040408

January 2011 - 187,000 jobs added. Just last night the Nightly Business Report said that the Dow is soaring because our manufacturing sector is at a six year high. They also report weekly where the jobs are being created -One has to acknowledge that President Obama and his administration and legislation is indeed working. THANK YOU PRESIDENT OBAMA

February 02 2011 at 5:55 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
fit2lead70

Obama vs who? Obama will win easy. Bush job approval rating was around 38% and he won re election. Obama job approval rate now is 51%. It is extremely difficult to defeat a seating president.

February 02 2011 at 12:49 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
sehanna05

Good luck with that!!!!!!!!!!!!

February 02 2011 at 12:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
luvtopleaze

The unions will surely pay up for this nuckle head to get re-elected.

February 02 2011 at 11:54 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
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fpfp040408

FACT = unemployment is down, stock market is way up , OVER 4,000 points, economy getting stronger, THANK YOU PRESIDENT OBAMA ! PLUS , Manufacturing numbers are way up, car sales are way up, housing and construction is rising and improving rapidly. OBAMA === >> 2012

February 02 2011 at 10:27 AM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
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sidihigareda

Here is where it is proven that a fool and his money will soon be parted. Anyone that can be talked into putting their money into another term are not only fools but they are in denial

February 02 2011 at 10:23 AM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply
marta0412marta

That billion and the others that will be spent in 2011 through 2012 for elections would be much more needed to support and help our schools and teachers with out recourse of favors having to be paid back.What a world we live in that has to have their way with out regard or concern for the real problems we face.
If you politicans can not afford to run with your money then you should not run.
If you want to play, then you need to pay or stay the hell away.
Bob Marta
Marta0412marta@aol.com

February 02 2011 at 10:14 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
thetravelmaven

Jim Messina is going to have to do a lot more than hit the road! Hitting the road worked last time around. This time...WE WANT CHANGE THAT WE REALLY CAN BELIEVE IN...and we haven't had it. So hitting the road, and saying all the things that people want to hear won't make it in 2012! People are disgusted,they feel betrayed, and they're not going to be patient with Jim...or any of Obama's other campaign czars. Words are cheap...always have been. Sometimes they make you feel good...and that's enough. This time, Americans will not accept political rhetoric. They want the real thing. Obama...put your money where your mouth is. Tell the truth. Get real. And PLEASE stop assuming that your countrymen are stupid. Give it up. Please let someone competent take over. Just do what you told Mubarack to do! You just aren't sustainable.

February 02 2011 at 10:12 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
Sparky

Wow, what an utter waste of time and resources. If people have money to donate in a bad economy, why not give it to churches, schools, and homeless shelters.

February 02 2011 at 10:04 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply

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