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Obama’s Deep Pockets

While some presidential hopefuls are pandering to the Christian Right by way of the Ford Museum under the name of all-inclusiveness, Barack Obama is performing outreach with Jews and praying he is more successful than his opponent at it. The … Read More

By / February 16, 2007

While some presidential hopefuls are pandering to the Christian Right by way of the Ford Museum under the name of all-inclusiveness, Barack Obama is performing outreach with Jews and praying he is more successful than his opponent at it.

The Obama campaign has already attracted some high-octane Jewish supporters, including Alan Solomont, a top Democratic fundraiser. Solomont is a longtime supporter of Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.), Obama’s most formidable opponent in the race for the nomination, and a major fundraiser in the unsuccessful 2004 John Kerry campaign.

Earlier, the Illinois senator won support from Robert Schrayer, a Chicago philanthropist and top local Jewish leader.

Obama will need that kind of backing. Every contender in the crowded Democratic field is already tapping Jewish financial heavy hitters for what is certain to be the most expensive primary fight in history. And like most of his Democratic opponents, Obama starts the race far behind Clinton in the money chase.

Many political experts say Obama is likely to play well with a Jewish electorate that remains heavily Democratic and liberal.

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