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Michelle Obama will attend Finance Committee meeting

Michelle Obama is scheduled to bring her program supporting military families to the DNC Thursday morning, holding a service project to create care packages for troops returning from overseas deployments. The first lady, who is host of the volunteer event along with Jill Biden, will also speak to the party's women’s caucus.

But before retiring for the afternoon, Obama will stop by the National Finance Committee meeting, a campaign official said.

The first lady has been a prolific fundraiser for the Obama campaign and e-mail pleas from "Michelle" for her husband are often written in her voice.

The first lady has taken an active leadership role in her husband's re-election campaign. She launched its grassroots outreach program under a theme she created, called "It Takes One." Stopping by the finance committee meeting is another show of her broad influence.

The latest e-mail from her to supporters said:

“A woman recently told the campaign her family skipped a pizza dinner at their favorite place so that they could make a difference in this election.That is the commitment that drives this campaign. If you can support Barack with a donation today, please know it makes a huge difference. If we win, it will be because of what you did at moments like this.

Krissah Thompson began writing for The Washington Post in 2001. She has been a business reporter, covered presidential campaigns and written about civil rights and race. More recently, she has covered the first lady's office, politics and culture.



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