Politics

Obama plans fundraisers in Clinton's back yard

Celeste Katz
New York Daily News (MCT)

NEW YORK - Sen. Barack Obama has raised a ton of campaign money in Sen. Hillary Clinton's backyard, and as the next round of fund-raising begins, he's coming right back to Manhattan for more.

On Monday, Obama hits New York to fatten his treasury with the help of former AOL President Robert Pittman and Huffington Post founder Kenneth Lerer.

The Illinois Democrat got a jump on Clinton in the renewed dash for cash: As she headed for an Easter break in the Dominican Republic, Obama's camp announced he raised an additional $500,000 from 4,300 new donors since unveiling earlier this week his jaw-dropping haul of $25 million.

Disheartening for Clinton, Obama's list of New York donors - and more importantly, New York-area bundlers who hit up their rich friends for money - includes former Clinton loyalists like financier Orin Kramer and Jeh Johnson, a top-ranking Air Force official during the Clinton administration.

His impressive showing is sure to kick the Clinton financial campaign into its highest gear.

"One filing period does not a campaign make. The Clintons got a wakeup call. Rest assured, they and their allies are now wide awake," said Democratic consultant Hank Sheinkopf.

Clinton's treasury was pumped up by donations from 50,000 people, far short of the 250,000 who contributed to her Senate campaign.

It's not clear if that represents a falloff of support for Clinton or shows a vast Rolodex of supporters she can still call on.

Having mined plenty of high rollers in her $26 million first-quarter take, Clinton also is going to hold more low-dollar events for regular folks. Among them is an April 23 event at Manhattan's Pier 94, with her husband as a special guest star and tickets starting at $100.

"Obviously, there is great enthusiasm for these events, and we're excited to hold them in different venues to accommodate as many of our supporters as possible," said Clinton spokesman Blake Zeff.

Even if Obama can pick Clinton's pocket, there's little chance he can poach Democratic votes in her home state. A new Quinnipiac University poll shows her clobbering Obama 44 percent to 14 percent in New York.

"There's plenty of dough in New York, (but) if anybody comes into the state against (Clinton), they're nuts. It's a waste of time . . . I don't care if (Obama) raises a zillion," Quinnipiac pollster Mickey Carroll said.

Obama might try.

"We're encouraged by the tremendous amount of support we've had in New York and all over the country," said Obama spokesman Bill Burton.

Music


Books


Film


Recent
Books

Political Cartoonist Art Young Was an Aficionado of all Things Infernal

Fantagraphics' new edition of Inferno takes Art Young's original Depression-era critique to the Trump Whitehouse -- and then drags it all to Hell.

Love in the Time of Coronavirus

OK Go's Emotional New Ballad, "All Together Now", Inspired by Singer's Bout with COVID-19

Damian Kulash, lead singer for OK Go discusses his recent bout with COVID-19, how it impacted his family, and the band's latest pop delight, "All Together Now", as part of our Love in the Time of Coronavirus series.

Books

The Rules Don't Apply to These Nonconformist Novelists

Ian Haydn Smith's succinct biographies in Cult Writers: 50 Nonconformist Novelists You Need to Know entice even seasoned bibliophiles.

Music

Siren Songs' Merideth Kaye Clark and Jenn Grinels Debut As a Folk Duo (album stream + interview)

Best friends and longtime musical collaborators Merideth Kaye Clark and Jenn Grinels team up as Siren Songs for the uplifting folk of their eponymous LP.

Music

Buzzcocks' 1993 Comeback 'Trade Test Transmissions' Showed Punk's Great Survivors' Consistency

PopMatters' appraisal of Buzzcocks continues with the band's proper comeback LP, Trade Test Transmissions, now reissued on Cherry Red Records' new box-set, Sell You Everything.

Music

Archie Shepp, Raw Poetic, and Damu the Fudgemunk Enlighten and Enliven with 'Ocean Bridges'

Ocean Bridges is proof that genre crossovers can sound organic, and that the term "crossover" doesn't have to come loaded with gimmicky connotations. Maybe we're headed for a world in which genres are so fluid that the term is dropped altogether from the cultural lexicon.

Books

Claude McKay's 'Romance in Marseille' Is Ahead of Its Time

Claude McKay's Romance in Marseille -- only recently published -- pushes boundaries on sexuality, disability, identity -- all in gorgeous poetic prose.

Music

Christine Ott Brings the Ondes Martenot to New Heights with the Mesmerizing 'Chimères'

France's Christine Ott, known for her work as an orchestral musician and film composer, has created a unique new solo album, Chimères, that spotlights an obscure instrument.

Music

Man Alive! Is a Continued Display of the Grimy-Yet-Refined Magnetism of King Krule

Following The OOZ and its accolades, King Krule crafts a similarly hazy gem with Man Alive! that digs into his distinct aesthetic rather than forges new ground.

Books

The Kinks and Their Bad-Mannered English Decency

Mark Doyles biography of the Kinks might complement a seminar in British culture. Its tone and research prove its intent to articulate social critique through music for the masses.

Music

ONO Confronts American Racial Oppression with the Incendiary 'Red Summer'

Decades after their initial formation, legendary experimentalists ONO have made an album that's topical, vital, uncomfortable, and cathartic. Red Summer is an essential documentation of the ugliness and oppression of the United States.

Film

Silent Women Filmmakers No Longer So Silent: Alice Guy Blaché and Julia Crawford Ivers

The works of silent filmmakers Alice Guy Blaché and Julia Crawford Ivers were at risk of being forever lost. Kino Lorber offers their works on Blu-Ray. Three cheers for film historians and film restoration.

Reviews
Collapse Expand Reviews

Features
Collapse Expand Features
PM Picks
Collapse Expand Pm Picks

© 1999-2020 PopMatters.com. All rights reserved.
PopMatters is wholly independent, women-owned and operated.