WASHINGTON--Democratic White House hopeful Barack Obama is stroking his best donors and fund-raisers today at a session at the Washington Court hotel, followed by a high dollar fund-raiser (not on his schedule) a short walk from the Capitol.
On the plus side....The daily schedule Obama now includes the cities he is in each day, a policy change. When the campaign started, his daily public schedule skipped cities he visited only for fund-raisers.
On the minus side...Obama's team is still very selective about which larger fund-raising events they will disclose in advance. Tonight, Wednesday, in Washington, Obama is hosting a $1,000-per-person minimum cocktail reception at the Columbus Club in Union Station. This event is not part of his "public" schedule though other fund-raising events are.
That's just a few minutes walk from the Capitol. The schedule of chief rival Hillary Rodham Clinton also does not include all her fund-raising events. But Obama says he is running a "different" kind of campaign; Clinton does not make that claim. Without knowing who the hosts are of Obama events, it is difficult to know what special interests are helping Obama raise money.