President Obama and former President Bill Clinton are fundraising together for the first time ever today, at the home of a former Clinton adjutant who hopes to be Virginia governor.
Aspiring Democratic politician Terry McAuliffe is excited. "This marks the first time that the two Presidents will appear together in this campaign and the first time ever for a fundraiser," his campaign-style website declares. "It promises to be a very special occasion."
"More than 500 supporters expected at reception and 80 at dinner [tonight]," according to the press pool report on the events. "Tickets for reception start at $1,000 per person; tickets for dinner are $20,000 per person. Proceeds go to the Obama Victory Fund, which is joint fundraising committee of Obama for America, DNC and several state Democratic parties." The fundraisers should raise at least $1.6 million.
Clinton is taking an increasingly personal role in Obama's reelection effort, with these fundraisers coming on the heels of news that Obama's campaign strategists have begun turning to the former president for strategic advice.
The fundraisers also bring Obama closer to an old Clinton ally. McAuliffe, his host, co-chaired Clinton's reelection campaign in 1996 (though he failed to bring down President Bush as Democratic National Committee chairman in 2004). McAuliffe lost his 2009 bid for Virginia governor, but has told supporters that he will run again in 2013.
The Virginia Democrat attended a White House luncheon in honor of the Chinese vice president in January (McAuliffe's green car company recently paid $20 million to buy a Chinese electric car company).