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Obama ramps up fundraising

By JULIE PACE
July 28, 2010

(AP)

President Barack Obama is stepping up his fundraising efforts as the midterm elections draw closer and Democrats need money to battle a Republican Party energized in part by voter concern over government spending and regulations.

Obama was to speak Wednesday at a sandwich shop in Edison, N.J., to tout a lending initiative aimed at small businesses. From there he was to travel to New York to tape an interview with the daytime talk show “The View” and attend two high-dollar fundraisers for the Democratic National Committee.

Obama is headlining four Democratic fundraisers in three days and hosting another four events next week. For now he’s playing it safe, holding the eight events in noncompetitive states or in a competitive place where he’s sure to be embraced: his home state of Illinois.

White House officials say Obama will campaign vigorously throughout the nation ahead of the fall elections.

“The fall campaign boils down to a choice between those who want to keep moving forward and those that want to take us back to the policies that got us into this mess,” said White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer. “The president will help make that case across the country.”

Wednesday’s fundraisers in New York are closed to the media, as was a similar event Tuesday night in Washington.

Obama’s election-year argument is taking shape: Despite unemployment that continues to hover near 10 percent, he wants voters to make a choice in November between his policies, which he says are pointing the country in the right direction, and those of the GOP, which he says led the country into recession in the first place.

Among the areas where the White House sees an opportunity to draw a line between the two parties is the lending initiative that Obama says will spur hiring and job growth by helping small businesses.

The measure pending in the Senate would create a new lending fund to help community banks offer loans, help states encourage more private-sector lending and eliminate capital gains taxes for certain investments in small businesses, among other steps.

While two Republican senators joined with Democrats last week to advance the measure, other GOP lawmakers have called the bill another bank bailout that would do little to increase lending to small businesses.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday that he hopes to schedule a Senate vote on the bill for Wednesday evening, though he would need Republican support to vote that soon. Republican leaders said they would like the opportunity to offer amendments.

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Associated Press writers Charles Babington and Stephen Ohlemacher contributed to this report.

Copyright © 2010 The Associated Press

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One Response to Obama ramps up fundraising

  1. woody188

    July 28, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Small businesses don’t need more debt. Keyensian debt is part of the problem, not the solution.

    Level the playing field by banning the import of slave labor goods. Why should Wal-mart prosper on the backs of Chinese migrants and at the expense of Main Street Mom and Pop stores?

    Ban the off-shoring of jobs by “American” companies. If they sell a percentage of goods into the US market, they must employ that same percentage of their workforce inside the USA.

    Take back the ability to regulate the currency from private bankers. Every cent you pay in taxes goes towards debt service to the Federal Reserve. It does not pay for schools, roads, military, or anything. It all goes to pay the Federal Reserve it’s pound of flesh in debt.

    Revoke/reduce the number of H-1B VISA workers. Why are there over 60,000 of these created every year even during the Great Recession (Depression)?

    Revoke corporate money as a form of free speech. It is graft, it is bribery, it is wrong and it dilutes the voice of the populace in favor of the very rich minority.

    Remove the status of person-hood from corporations. Corporations exist solely to earn a profit. They are not moral or ethical. They serve no God. They are not people and do not deserve the same rights as man. This was not always the case, but it is the case today in the market of “greed is good” where ethics and social responsibility are concepts no longer in practice.

    These are the things that will right this nation and restore the job market. These are the things the establishment will not allow to occur. We will continue the downward spiral until we are brave enough to force these to occur.