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WASHINGTON--David Axelrod, President Obama's top strategist, is headlining a fund-raiser for Tammy Duckworth, locked in a Democratic Illinois House primary against Raja Krishnamoorthi in the suburban Chicago eighth district.

Axelrod told me when we talked last week about Duckworth that while he has "deep admiration" for Krishnamoorthi, Duckworth, a vet who lost her legs and shattered an arm when her helicopter was shot down in Iraq is a "unique figure."

"As far as I am concerned, I think it is going to be an amazing day when Tammy walks out on the floor of the House. And when they debate these issues, some of these fundamental issues, she is going to have a moral authority that very few people have. ...Her voice is one that will really resonate on the floor of the Congress," Axelrod said.

The lunch will be Sept. 22 at Fulton's on the River, 315 N. LaSalle in Chicago, with admission ranging from $500 to $5,000, in giving or raising contributions to Duckworth, tapped by Obama to be Assistant Secretary of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs for the Department of Veterans Affairs. She left the position to run for the House.

Last week, Duckworth won the endorsement of Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). Read my Aug. 15 report on the Elk Grove Village event Durbin-Duckworth event here.

Krishnamoorthi last week won the backing of the Illinois State Conference of Machinists. Carl Gallman, President of the Illinois State Council Machinists said in a statement, "Raja is the candidate best equipped to deal with the economic challenges that our working families face today. His commitment to job creation and strengthening the middle class, combined with his tremendous local and community support, make him the right choice for our members."

Below, Duckworth Axelrod invite, followed by Raja release on Machinists endorsement....


*SAVE THE DATE*
Please Join David Axelrod for a luncheon in support of
TAMMY DUCKWORTH
THE NEXT CONGRESSWOMAN IN THE 8TH DISTRICT-IL
Thursday, September 22nd, 2011
12:00 PM-1:30 PM
FULTON'S ON THE RIVER
315 N. LaSalle Drive
Chicago
$500 INDIVIDUAL * $1,000 PATRON
$2,500 HOST * $5,000 CO-CHAIR (RAISE)
Checks can be made payable to:
Duckworth for Congress * 1566 W. Algonquin Road, #224
Hoffman Estates, IL 60192
Donate online! https://secure.actblue.com/page/sept22
To RSVP contact Leah Israel at 847.302.0908 or leah@tammyduckworth.com
Paid for by Duckworth for Congress
Contributions to this committee are not deductible for federal income tax purposes. Federal Election Law allows individuals to donate up to $5,000 per election cycle: $2,500 designated for the Primary Election and $2,500 designated for the General Election. By law, contributions from corporations, labor unions or federal government contractors cannot be accepted. All contributions must be made from personal funds and may not be reimbursed by any other person. Duckworth for Congress is not soliciting and will not accept contributions from currently registered federal lobbyists, registered foreign agents, political action committees, or minors under the age of 16 in connection with this event.
Duckworth for Congress - Thursday, September 22nd
___ Yes! I will able attend. Enclosed is my contribution of:
____$500 ___$1,000 ___$2,500 ___$5,000 (raise)
___ No, I will not be able to attend. Enclosed is my contribution of:
_____________
Please make checks payable to and fax or mail to:
Duckworth for Congress * 1566 W. Algonquin Rd, #224 * Hoffman Estates, IL * 60192
Donate online! https://secure.actblue.com/page/sept22
Or, please charge my personal credit card below:
 Visa  American Express  MasterCard  Discover
Credit Card Number:_____________________________________________________Exp.___________
Name on Card: _________________________________________________________________________________________
Signature: ______________________________________________________________________________________________
By signing above, I designate my contribution(s) as follows, the first $2,500 for the 2012 Democratic primary, and any additional amount that I contribute up to $2,500 for the 2012 general election. Also by signing above, I affirm that I am making this contribution on my own personal credit card and am not making it with a corporate or business credit card or a credit card issued to anyone else. I am using my own personal funds for this contribution and am not using funds provided by any other person. Federal law requires us to use our best efforts to collect and report the name, mailing address, occupation and employer of individuals whose contributions exceed $200 in an election cycle.
Name:___________________________________________________________________________
Address: _______________________________________________________________________________________________
Work Phone:___________________________ Home Phone: _______________________
Email:__________________________________________________________________
Employer: ____________________________________ Occupation:_______________
Paid for by Duckworth for Congress
Amount of Contribution:
$___________________
Contributions to this committee are not deductible for federal income tax purposes. Federal Election Law allows individuals to donate up to $5,000 per election cycle: $2,500 designated for the Primary Election and $2,500 designated for the General Election. By law, contributions from corporations, labor unions or federal government contractors cannot be accepted. All contributions must be made from personal funds and may not be reimbursed by any other person. Duckworth for Congress is not soliciting and will not accept contributions from currently registered federal lobbyists, registered foreign agents, political action committees, or minors under the age of 16 in connection with this event.

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RAJA RELEASE

The Illinois State Conference of Machinists has officially thrown the weight of its 25,000-strong membership behind Raja Krishnamoorthi. Carl Gallman, President of the Illinois State Council Machinists, stated, "Raja is the candidate best equipped to deal with the economic challenges that our working families face today. His commitment to job creation and strengthening the middle class, combined with his tremendous local and community support, make him the right choice for our members."

Krishnamoorthi said, "I proudly accept the endorsement of the Machinists and the thousands of working families they represent. The number one issue facing our middle class is fixing our economy and creating jobs, and that will be the number one issue on my agenda."

In addition to the Machinists endorsement, local support and grassroots activists continue to inject energy into Krishnamoorthi's campaign as 14 individuals have recently thrown their support behind Raja.

Krishnamoorthi said, "I am honored to have the support of so many local individuals. Our campaign has always focused on addressing the issues that are most important to communities within the district, and that fact is confirmed by the continuing growth in support I have received from those communities."

Below is a list of supporters who have joined the dozens of local individuals already supporting Raja:

Paul Froehlich, Former State Representative
Cristina Castro, Kane County Board member
Al Prochaska, former Vice-President of Illinois Federation of Teachers and co-founder of the Northwest Suburban Teachers Union
Maryana Spyropoulos, Commissioner, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District
Jennifer Schroder, U-46 School Board member
Marge Benton, former U.S. Ambassador to UNESCO
Will Burns, Ald. and Former State Representative
Thomas Castillo, Co-Chair, DuPage Young Democrats
Zach Carroll, Co-Chair, DuPage Young Democrats
David Wilcox, Recording Secretary, DuPage Young Democrats
Pete Lavacque, 1st Vice Chair, DuPage Young Democrats
Del Parra, Lake County Board member
Christy Barry, Precinct Captain - Wayne 30
Adrian Hochstadt, Precinct Captain - Bloomingdale 36
These supporters will be added to the list of supporters who have previously endorsed and can be found below:

Abner Mikva, former U.S. Judge, Congressman, and White House Counsel
Newton Minow, former Chairman of the FCC
Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Board President
Danny Davis, U.S. Congressman
David Wilhelm, former Chairman of the Democratic National Committee
Fred Crespo, State Representative
Jack Franks, State Representative
Dave Koehler, State Senator
Billy Marovitz, former State Senator & Democratic State Central Comm.
Tom Villanova, President, Chicago and Cook County Bldg. Trades Council
Bob Peickert, DuPage County Democratic Chairman
Mark Guethle, Kane County Democratic Chairman
Tim Bradford, Vice-Chairman of the Cook County Democratic Party
Rocco Terranova, Schaumburg Township Democratic Committeeman
Nancy Shepherdson, 8th CD Democratic State Central Committeewoman
Christine Cegelis, 6th CD Democratic State Central Committeewoman
Robert Wagner, 6th CD Democratic State Central Committeeman
Larry Rogers, Jr., Commissioner, Cook County Board of Review
Mike Alvarez, Commissioner, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District
Larry Walsh, Will County Executive
Amy Rohrer, Executive Director, DuPage County Democrats
Melinda Bush, Lake County Board member
Pat Carey, Lake County Board member
Bill Powers, Barrington Township Democratic Committeeman
Trudy Zaja, Hanover Park Township Democratic Committeeman
Sue Walton, Palatine Township Democratic Committeeman
Sam Yingling, Avon Township Supervisor
Wendy Warden, First Vice-Chair of the 8th CD Democrats
Mike Braun, Addison Township Democratic Chair
Mark Feldstein, Avon Township Democratic Chair
Pete Null, Bloomingdale Township Democratic Chair
Tim Jackson, Ela Township Democratic Chair
Dave McArtin, Grant Township Democratic Chair
Ed Erwin, Lake Villa Township Democratic Chair
Marian Tomlinson, Milton Township Democratic Chair
Gale Cohen DeMarco, Wauconda Township Democratic Chair
Bob Frankel, Schaumburg Township Library Board
Debby Miller, Schaumburg Township Library Board
Nick Scipione, Schaumburg Township Library Board
Schaumburg Area Democrats
Asian-American Action Fund of Greater Chicago
Indo-American Democratic Organization
Sheet Metal Workers, Local #73
Painters District Council #30
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