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WASHINGTON—Here are the exclusive details on how the campaign of Democratic White House hopeful Barack Obama was successfully pressured to move the location of a Friday fund-raiser in Chicago after organized labor—specifically show business locals--complained the event was in a non-union venue.

Labor and show business interests are key components of the Democratic primary base. Obama is seeking endorsements and has appeared at events for the AFL-CIO and SEIU. And Obama has been scooping up Hollywood and Broadway cash. Not good to get labor and show business mad.

Obama has four events Friday in Chicago; two dinners in private homes; a big ticket event at Carnivale and a lower-dollar GEN BO (Generation Barack Obama) party at Union Station. The Carnivale reception—hosted by a who’s who of Chicago’s Democratic elite (names below) was first booked at the Park West at 322 Armitage. Turns out that Park West is a non-union room.

Chicago Federal of Labor President Dennis Gannon told the Sun-Times that a variety of unions “expressed concerns” to the Obama campaign over holding the fund-raiser at the Park West. Gannon said a “host of folks” complained from Actors Equity and unions representing stagehands, musicians and ticket takers.

Said Gannon, “We got a call here. We made our calls. Other folks made calls to the campaign. That’s how it went down.’’

click below for the who's who....

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Chairs
Michael Bauer, Paula & Jim Crown, Honorable Dan Hynes, Sandy & Jack Levin, Penny Pritzker & Bryan Traubert, John W. Rogers, Jr., Marjorie & Lou Susman, Tariq Siddiqui, Jim Tyree

Hosts
Neil Bluhm, Marilyn & Ray Cohen, Greg Dingens, Steven M. Elrod, Honorable Alexi Giannoulias,
Jim Gordon, Joe Gutman, David Jacobson, Larry Levy, Diane & Quintin Primo, Lee Rosenberg,
Francis Smith, Andrea & Alan Solow
Co‐hosts
Jatinder Bedi, Peter C.B. Bynoe, Lori & Monte Dube, Michael Forde, John Hartigan, Lou Holland,Carol Jones & Thomas Hynes, Matt Hynes, Steve Koch, Jill & John Levi, Fay & Daniel Levin, Lyle Logan, Seth London, Richard Mesirow, Balvinder Singh, Bob Weissbourd
Sponsor
Michael Alter, Jennifer Arra & Jim McManus, Bruce Baker, David Brint, David Brown, Marty Castro, Michelle Collins, Les Coney,
Tom Crane, Mark Erwin, Judy & Mickey Gaynor, Christie Hefner & Billy Marovitz, Fran Johns, Mike Jordan, Judy Klutznick,
Pam and Mark Kendall, Gail Morse & Lauren Verdich, Ed Mullen, Thomas Quinn, Desiree Rogers, Bettylu Saltzman, Tina Tchen, Kathy Tisdahl, Grace Tsao‐Wu & Craig Freedman, Kelly & John Waller, Celeste Watts, Steve Wine, Sheldon Zenner
*Committee in formation
for a Celebration with
Senator Barack & Michelle Obama
benefiting Obama for America

Friday, June 8, 2007

Co‐Host and Sponsor Reception: 4:30 PM
Supporter Reception: 5:00 PM

CARNIVALE

702 West Fulton Market, Chicago

Co‐Host: raise $25,000
Sponsor: raise $10,000
Supporter: give $1,000

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As a former union employee,I know that most hard core union folks are Republican, & non-female, non-african-american. I believe that as fed-up as everyone is with Bush & politics "as usual", that Obama as a good chance of making head way getting union support. When folks really start realizing that Obama is real, honest, & supports Jobs, the Economy, & Healthcare, & middle class America, union folks will definitely start backing him

"As a former union employee,I know that most hard core union folks are Republican"

Are you kidding? Then most hard-core union folks that are republicans vote as super-majorities for Democrats. Your "knowledge" in this case is mistaken.

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