Report: Obama Fund-raising “a Little Slow”

Huffington Post’s Sam Stein reports that donors to Barack Obama’s campaign were told at a New York fund-raising event that efforts were a “little slow,” to the point that they are being urged to help retire Hillary Clinton’s campaign debt so her donors will be more willing to contribute.

Clinton and Obama appeared at a joint fund-raiser on Wednesday night.

Stein also quotes a Clinton donor as saying that there has been some bumps along the way in merging the two camps:

“For better or worse, the Clinton people are used to being courted, and the Obama folks have just a different philosophy,” said the donor. “Some of the Clinton people have gotten demanding. Some of them wanted titles, and I think that is totally inappropriate. Why should any Clinton person get to jump ahead of any Obama folks? They want jobs, they want recognition, they want to be in the paper. They want to be considered for an ambassadorship. It is all about ego.”

It is not much of a surprise, as even back in May there was some concern over how the two operations would be brought together. Expect a lot of attention to the Obama’s camp’s June fund-raising numbers, which are due later this month.

Although it may not be true in Hollywood, there is this report from the Center for Responsive Politics: “Hillary Clinton’s endorsement of Barack Obama last month may not have been enough to win over some of her biggest donors. It seems Obama is struggling to gain favor with Clinton’s financial supporters, while Republican John McCain is having some luck with them.”

According to the Wall Street Journal, one of Clinton’s Hillraisers, Daphna Ziman, “hosted a conference call of some 70 political activists from around the country, spurred by what she and others on the call saw as the media’s sexism during the campaign.” They plan to start a new political action committee focused on women’s issues and have launched an effort to help Clinton retire her campaign debt.

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