WASHINGTON---White House hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) is off the campaign trail until Labor Day and former President Bill Clinton hits Chicago on Sept. 10 to fund-raise for his wife.
After Labor Day, Obama will start another fund-raising sprint, including a Sept. 4 high end reception (give or raise $1,000) at the Chicago home of his earliest patrons, Bettlu and Paul Saltzman designed to attract a who's who of Obama's elite Chicago backers.
The honorary chair is Mayor Daley with hosts the Saltzmans, Obama national finance chair Penny Pritzker, and Illinois finance co-chairs Jim Crown and John Rogers. On Sept. 5 there is another high ticket (host, $2,300) reception hosted by Alexi Giannoulias, the Illinois State Treasurer at Costa's a restaurant in Chicago's Greek Town.
Giannoulias, an early backer of Obama when he ran for the Senate in 2004, probably would not be treasurer today without the critical help of Obama, who made an ad to boost Giannoulias at a critical point in his contested Democratic primary where he was running against the hand-picked candidate backed by the Illinois Democratic Party chairman and House Speaker, Rep. Michael Madigan (D-Chicago).
At the end of the week, Obama hits California for a series of high profile fund-raisers, including the Sept. 8 Oprah Winfrey reception at her Santa Barbara home.
Over at the Clinton operation, a younger generation of supporters are among the hosts at a Sept. 10 bash ($1,000 for VIP reception and picture) with former President Clinton at SushiSamba at 504 N. Wells. Clinton finance chair Terry McAuliffe was in Chicago last week laying the groundwork for taking more cash out of the city for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.).
Among the hosts are J.B. Pritzker (Penny's brother);Yusef Jackson, son of the the Rev. Jesse Jackson (the Jackson family is split over Obama and Clinton); Haley Ebeling, the daughter of Clinton’s girlhood pal Betsy and Maya Solis, the daughter of Ald. Danny Solis (25th) and niece of Patti Solis Doyle, Clinton’s campaign manager.
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