Friday, August 31, 2007

"Mrs. Obama Crosses Pond for Cash"

ABC News:
ABC News' Jonathan Greenberger Reports: John Kennedy said he was the man who accompanied his wife, Jacqueline, to Paris, but it seems in this campaign potential first ladies are going it alone.
Michelle Obama, aspiring first lady and wife of Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., will travel to London in mid-October to attend two fundraisers in support of her husband's presidential bid.

While it's not entirely unusual for candidates to seek support from Americans abroad (Diana Kerry, the younger sister of Sen. John Kerry, served as Chair of Americans Overseas for Kerry in 2004), it's not all that often that candidates or their spouses actually travel across the pond to enrich their campaign coffers.

There is no prohibition against it, however, as long as the people giving money certify they are "not a foreign national who lacks permanent resident status in the United States."

Obama spokesman Bill Burton says the scheduled fundraisers are simply a reflection of the support Obama receives from around the world.

"Given the enthusiasm from Americans abroad, this is an opportunity for those folks to be a part of this effort," says Burton.

The fundraisers are scheduled for the 5-star Landmark Hotel in central London on Monday, Oct. 15.

According to the invitation, the main reception is at 7:00 pm, but bundlers who raise $23,000 from friends and family will receive an additional invitation to a VIP Pre-Reception.

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