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Published — April 6, 2011 Updated — May 19, 2014 at 12:19 pm ET

New Dem group aims for $100 million plus

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Three former Obama administration officials have set an ambitious goal of raising $100 million to $200 million to underwrite an outside group to help President Obama win a second term.

Ex-White House aides Bill Burton and Sean Sweeney, who will be leading the new group, made trips to Los Angeles and New York last month to meet with prospective donors for the new independent group, according to Democrats close to the fledgling drive. It does not yet have a name.

Burton and Sweeney have recruited Teddy Johnston, a lawyer who worked in the Obama Commerce Department and had been a Florida fundraiser in the 2008 campaign, for help in identifying potential donors.

The new group, which is likely to be formally launched in the next few weeks, has been interviewing candidates for staff jobs. Burton and Sweeney are still deciding whether the new group will be organized as a nonprofit that must disclose its donors, or as a two-pronged entity that can accept donations some of which are public and some of which remain secret.

The group’s sights are set on some long time big name Democratic donors, a few of whom were pitched in Hollywood last month. To help woo donors in Los Angeles, Burton and Sweeney were accompanied by veteran Democratic pollster Geoff Garin and ex Clinton aide Paul Begala.

The new group is expected to be the main Democratic vehicle to compete with American Crossroads and its affiliate which with sizable help from GOP consultants Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie raised $71 million to help Republicans win back the House last year. The two Crossroads groups have said they are aiming to raise $120 million for their 2012 efforts which will include television ads and get out vote blitzes.

The Center first reported that Burton and Sweeney were planning their new independent drive in a story last month.

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Trump needs to conduct these activities because the entire MSM media, excluding Fox, is campaigning against him 24/7/365.

Didn’t Monica’s boyfriend’s wife and various criminal enterprises outspend Trump by almost 2-1?

CapitalistRoader
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Why wouldn’t he get an early start on fund raising? Hillary outspent him two-to-one in 2016. The Dem’s are the party of big money. The President knows this and is attempting to get a jump on it. Of course the Dem candidate will outspend him in 2020 so it’s only rational that he starts fund raising now.

George Young
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George Young

Oh brother. We just 8 years of the Campaigner – in – Chief. Where was this journalistic rectal thermometer then. Just another article about 2000 words too long that merely takes another slap at Trump for something he far from initiated.

j stevenson
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j stevenson

The big difference between Trump and all the rest is his refusing to accept funds from lobbyists, so they don’t have the White House access they are used to. These are the donors who buy the presidency and are as pixxed off that he won the election as are the media and the Dems. Lobbyists have never been shut out of the WH and Trump has told them he is not for sale.

jan v
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jan v

all the lobbyists are running all our government agencies and all the career civil servants who know how to run the country have been fired. YOU think this is a good thing ? what a crock…

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Trump needs to be impeached and tossed in prison. Then have the key thrown away so he will never be free. Then he can see how it feels not to have freedom.

Mark Sullivan
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Mark Sullivan

Thank you for the usual insightful leftist low IQ Snowflake response.

barney
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hes not imprisoning them hes sending them back to their country chill tf out

SOUTH JERSEY
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SOUTH JERSEY

WHY DONT YOU HAVE FREEDOM?

Tom Larkin
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Tom Larkin

First, something positive. I was happy to learn of empirical information in article. BUT, the article was so slanted against President Trump as to be deemed fake news (“Perhaps Trump just lied.” (Two different issues)). The article mentions that President Trump raised over $67 million, but ended 2018 with $19 million. President Trump spent over $40 million 2016 and 2017. President Trump conducted 57 political rallies. The article notes the hats and T-shirts sold, but NEVER MENTIONS THE INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF REPUBLICAN SENATORS during a mid-term election that lost the House and the number of political rallies in… Read more »

Ted Sirois
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Ted Sirois

At least Trump is getting donations from willing donors. Fresh from his first election, Obama used billions of our children’s tax dollars to save thousands of union jobs in the car industry and bailed out the banks and many Wall Street businesses. This secured his source of reelection funds for his reelection four years later.

South Jersey
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South Jersey

TRUMP 2020; IS AN AMAZINGLY SMART MAN! VERY ORIGINAL & CREATIVE. I AM HAPPY TO HAVE HIS AS POTUS.

SOUTH JERSEY
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SOUTH JERSEY

THIS ARTICLE WAS OBVIOUSLY WRITTEN BY, A TRUMP-HATE-GROUP. THAT FEELS; IT IS NOT NORMAL TO BE SUCCESSFUL WITH YOUR OWN BRAND NAME. WHEN, IF FACT, IT IS NORMAL! >>>>> THIS IS >>> FAKE NEWS!!! <<<< ie: A PACK-OF-LIES; SPUN INTO; DEFAMATION OF CHARACTER. FOR A SINISTER-AGENDA OF; FASCIST DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST, COUP D'ETAT

David
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David

Are you on some kind of drugs? Writing in caps makes me think that you are grumpy old fart or a uneducated hillbilly.