The Washington Times - September 12, 2012, 10:52PM

The Obama campaign wants more than just your dollars: It wants your bed — or at least a sofa.

The campaign on Wednesday asked D.C.-area supporters to help with lodging for campaign volunteers.


“A group of the most dedicated organizers and volunteers will be coming to Northern Virginia for the remaining weeks of the campaign,” Lise Clavel, the Obama campaign’s Virginia director, wrote in an email to D.C.-area backers. “But here’s the thing: They need somewhere to stay. And I’m hoping you can lend them a hand with that.”

“Many of them will gladly sleep on a comfy couch or an air mattress, or in a small spare room you might have. They’ll take the Metro or provide their own transportation to and from Northern Virginia, and they’ll be out during the day, working hard to move our organizing along,” the email continues.

The Obama missive went largely to residents of the District, which has an abundance of Democrats whose votes will mean little in the contest and who it hopes are hankering to make themselves useful to the campaign in other ways.

Both sides have recently begun a reinvigorated push to get a presence on the ground just south of the District of Columbia border, in the commonwealth’s affluent northern suburbs.

On the Republican side, a tea party-flavored group led by one of the billionaire Koch brothers, Americans for Prosperity, will open a field office in Loudoun County Sept. 22, according to spokesman Levi Russell. Nationally, the group’s volunteers and 200 staffers have made close to 3.5 million calls and knocked on around 10,000 doors, he said.