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A group of 450 Democratic donors have been asked to raise $350,000 each this year as part of President Obama's re-election campaign. If successful, the effort would amass $157 million in 2011 alone, more than double what that same group generated four years earlier.

The New York Times reports that the fundraising appeal came during a Washington meeting of the Democratic Party's national finance committee and advisory board. The fundraisers were exhorted to do their part by Jim Messina, who is managing the president's re-election campaign.

In his 2008 run for the presidency, Obama raised $750 million. That record total tapped not just big donors but a hugely successful Internet drive that brought in much smaller donations from first-time contributors enthused by the Illinois senator's historic campaign.

With a similar grassroots effort planned once more and that elite group of 450 expected to be asked for even greater output in 2012, Obama could raise upward of $1 billion for his re-election, CNN speculated.

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johnsimivlly

It seems as though everything is blamed on the President during the worlds problems. The past President
took monies for the war effort that amassed millions and nothing was done. Everyone is messed up.

March 20 2011 at 5:42 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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knkdnsr

You might be right ,but what is your point he is no longer in office. Keep trying to blame Bush for everything to get the spotlight off Obama does not work any longer . Obama has been in office over two years suffered through a shellacking of a mid term election for his party. It is now time for him to stand up and be held accountable for is actions and lack of actions on issues.

March 20 2011 at 6:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
knkdnsr

I just heard something I could not believe. The Kennedy's who originally backed Hillery in 2008 and switched to back Obama to win the presidency are now asking Hillery to run against him in 2012 to get him out of Office. It now seems the DNC is not willing to back him any longer. I did not vote for him but I think it is a shame how they used him to push the Pelosi/Reid agenda and now that they are done want to throw him on the trash heap.

March 20 2011 at 12:01 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
tistolaugh

I wouldn't donate 35 cents to Obama's campaign and most Independents will agree having seen his lack of leadership, new ideas or accomplishments. Unfortunately for Obama, his talk-heavy do-little presidency has caused the Independent votes he needs to win to run fast and far.

March 19 2011 at 10:32 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
punnster

That is like getting people to bet on a three legged race horse.

March 19 2011 at 7:28 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
noknrc

Isn't this going to be a waste of time and money at this point?

March 19 2011 at 10:15 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
davmusgro

America is a very sick place. We can raise all kinds of money for elections but not for food for the poor. The rich on the left and right will be opening their pocckets for the elections. We really should be a small limit by anyone and it should be from we the people Not a comany, not a union, not special interest group. and no religious faction. We the people your vote and your dollars. Maybe then we can get some real representation for WE THE PEOPLE

March 19 2011 at 8:11 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
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mojobujak

Agree and we are not personally donating to any campaign. So, we'll watch "democracy " play out and donate to other worthy causes for children, vets and pets.

March 20 2011 at 2:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sysaphus71

What next...? first born male child?
350 extra large taken from supporters ,since when is the amount demanded spelled out in advance?
Doesn't this border on either RICO law area or bribery/ Give me 350k and you will continue to have UNLIMITED ACCESS to the White House. And for $500K ,we will throw in a night in the Lincoln bedroom.

March 18 2011 at 7:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jbaez1950

I don't know why everybody is concern about the donors. Obama will not run or be re-elected. I will tell you why. Trump will run. Now, if he doesn't get the nod from the Republicans, he will run as an independent. He will bring up the birther's agruments. He will make it a topic- he will bring up the fake adobephoto live BC and will name the names involved with the deceit. He will have so much information that Obama will be nervous. The man is a billionaire and if it takes "millions to reveal" the advisors who had anything to do with the last election and the corruption they did to get oBama elected, it will be found. Nope.....I think Obama should sit this one out.....and let another democrat run instead. Not all blacks are running to his side in 2012. The black churches are speaking badly of him and "yes" they are speaking of his birth too.

March 18 2011 at 6:58 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
klovepr

How do you make a TWO TRILLION dollar mistake?????

March 18 2011 at 5:12 PM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply
klovepr

The CBO just announced that Obama's new budget is off by a little over two trillion dollars. These donors better understand when he says $350,000 he really means $650. LOL

March 18 2011 at 5:11 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply

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