The Washington Times - March 24, 2008, 09:16AM
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Philadelphia’s Democratic leaders say they’ll press Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama to back stricter gun laws, despite the risk of angering voters throughout the rest of Pennsylvania and possibly damaging the party’s nominee in the general election.\ \ Gun violence in Philadelphia — 331 homicides from gunfire in 2007 — thrust firearms laws to the top of the agenda for city voters, and they don’t care about the potential political pitfalls for the presidential candidates, said Carol Campbell, a Democratic ward leader in the city.\ \ “If you can’t deal with it, then you’ve got a problem,” said Mrs. Campbell, who supports Mr. Obama and heads an alliance of black ward leaders.\ \ “That’s what’s on the minds of most Philadelphians,” she said.
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Sen. Barack Obama, whose campaign has sharply criticized the role of outside political groups in the presidential race, has benefited more than any other candidate from millions of dollars in independent political expenditures, records show.\ \ The increasing support for Mr. Obama has given him a boost from the same sort of political activity his campaign has railed against, especially when millions of dollars in union and other special-interest money backed his opponents.\ \ The political arm of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and other independent groups have spent more than $7.1 million directly supporting the Illinois Democrat’s bid for the presidential nomination, campaign records show. By contrast, similar outside groups have spent about $5.1 million backing Sen. Hillary Clinton, New York Democrat.
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As much as I enjoy talking to you by email, there are times in this campaign when I wish you and I could sit down right next to one another and just talk. This is one of those moments. \ \ Despite the spirited efforts of our online community, we are facing a serious financial disadvantage against the Obama campaign. In February alone, they were able to spend $10 million more than we were.\ \ If we were talking together right now, here’s what I would tell you. At this critical moment, our campaign needs a public show of strength that only you can provide. What you do right now could determine the outcome of Pennsylvania and beyond. \ \ Will you act immediately to help us close the fundraising gap by making a contribution? Your action is vital to our chances for victory. \ \ We need a massive show of support by midnight Saturday. Contribute now to help us win in Pennsylvania and beyond.\ \ I am seeing incredible enthusiasm for our campaign and our ideas from people across Pennsylvania. I know that on a level playing field, you and I will be successful, just as we were in Texas, Ohio, and other states big and small across the nation. \ \ But only an immediate infusion of financial support from you and others like you can give my campaign the resources needed to turn our hard-earned political momentum into victory in Pennsylvania and beyond. \ \ We need to raise every dollar we can by midnight Saturday. Contribute now to make a difference. \ \ All through this remarkable experience, the success of our campaign has been as much in your hands as it is in mine. And that has never been more true than it is right now. \ \ I’m really counting on hearing from you. \ \ Sincerely, \ \ Hillary Rodham Clinton


Barack talked earlier this week about bridging divides and bringing people together to solve our common problems.\ \ That’s not just the theme of this campaign — it’s been the theme of his life’s work.\ \ When Barack came back to Chicago after law school, he led a voter registration drive to attract people to the political process.\ \ The deadline to register to vote in Pennsylvania is fast approaching — Monday, March 24. This is the last opportunity for Pennsylvanians who are unregistered — as well as Independents and Republicans — to register as Democrats so they can support Barack in the primary.\ \ Watch this short video about Barack’s voter registration efforts and start making calls to help register Pennsylvanians right away:\ \ Registering voters and bringing more voices into the political process is what this campaign is all about.\ \ In the 10 contests left in this race, we have an opportunity to build a base of support that will lead Democrats to victory up and down the ballot in November.\ \ But more importantly, we have the chance to transform our party and our politics. Our next opportunity is Pennsylvania.\ \ By bringing in new voters and encouraging voters who have gotten fed up to get involved again, we can move beyond the divisive and petty tactics that have dominated our politics for far too long. We can send a message that we’re ready for something new — something positive that brings us together around a shared goal of a better future for all Americans.\ \ You can help build our movement and create a lasting change in our party and in our country.\ \ Start making calls for this historic drive to register Pennsylvania voters:\ \ http://my.barackobama.com/callPAvoters\ \ One of the special things about this campaign is that it’s inspired people from all walks of life to take action.\ \ Supporters are organizing in their neighborhoods and traveling across the country to help register voters. People like you are making calls to crucial states and talking to potential voters about a new kind of leadership and a new kind of politics.\ \ There are ten contests left in this race, and we can set the tone for all of them in Pennsylvania. Your voice can make a difference in how they turn out. You can have an important impact on the direction of the Democratic Party and politics in this country.\ \ Be a voice for change and bring more voices into the political process:\ \ http://my.barackobama.com/callPAvoters\ \ Thank you for everything you’re doing,\ \ Jon Carson\ National Voter Contact Director\ Obama for America
Christina Bellantoni, national political reporter, The Washington Times