After initial reluctance, Obama embraces super PACs with three fundraisers


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President Obama will headline two fundraisers next month for House Majority PAC, the super PAC backing House Democratic candidates.

The events, slated to be held July 17 in New York and July 23 in San Francisco, come on the heels of a fundraiser in New York the president is doing for Senate Majority PAC, the independent group supporting Democrats in the upper chamber.

Obama had initially been reluctant to mobilize funds for super PACs, which can accept unlimited donations from wealthy donors. But he agreed earlier this year to help these groups in order to boost Democrats' chances in the mid-term elections. The president has stepped up his fundraising efforts this year, appearing at events on behalf of all four major party committees.

Tuesday night, Obama attended a roundtable for the Senate Majority PAC at New York's InterContinental Hotel, his first fundraising appearance for the group. He also addressed a Democratic National Committee LGBT Gala at Gotham Hall.

Republican National Committee spokesman Jahan Wilcox accused the president of hypocrisy Tuesday.

“After railing against outside money, President Barack Obama will now raise money so Senate Majority PAC can fling mud against Republicans," Wilcox wrote in an e-mail. "It’s just further proof that Democrats will do anything to stay in power."

At the DNC gala, protesters outside from the LGBT community criticized Obama for the administration's ongoing deportation of undocumented immigrants. Patrick Fierro, one of the leaders of GetEqual Texas, said in a phone interview he had come to protest because his father was expelled from the U.S. several years ago, shortly before Obama took office.

Fierro said he had "dealt with a lot of pain and anguish" since  his father was deported,noting that he and his partner "plan to get married. I want my father to be at my wedding when we finalize marriage equality in Texas."

He said that while he appreciated the president's recent decision to prepare an executive order banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity among federal contractors, he should also use his executive authority to end deportations.

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