Obama lending fundraising muscle to congressional Democrats

President Obama will spend Monday afternoon and evening in New York for a trio of high-dollar Democratic fundraisers including a joint event to benefit Senate and House Democratic campaign arms.

Obama will appear at two Democratic National Committee fundraising events Monday afternoon and a fundraiser in the evening for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

The joint fundraiser will mark the second time the president has raised money for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee this cycle. With an eye on winning back the House -- which will be a difficult task --  Obama has committed to eight events for the DCCC this year -- six solo fundraisers and two in coordination with the DSCC. By comparison, Obama raised money for the House Democrats' campaign arm just twice in 2009.

The president raised $3.25 million for the DCCC at a pair of events in California last month. Tickets for Monday's night's fundraiser range in cost from $7,500 to $32,400.

Both DSCC Chairman Michael Bennet of Colorado and DCCC Chairman Steve Israel of New York are slated to speak at the gathering of approximately 140 donors. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) also will be in attendance.

Obama's appearances at the two DNC fundraisers come as the committee is trying to retire a heavy debt load -- more than $20 million according to its most recent fundraising report. The president attended two DNC fundraising events during his West Coat Swing last month.

Tickets to the DNC events range from $16,200 to $20,000, a DNC official said. Film producer Harvey Weinstein and his wife Georgina Chapman will host the first event, while Alexandra Stanton and Sam Natapoff will host a dinner afterward.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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