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Obama campaign expects lower summer fundraising

The debt negotiations appear to have put a dent in President Obama’s campaign war chest.

Mr. Obama’s re-election campaign expects to raise tens of millions of dollars less this summer than it did last spring because the debt-limit talks forced Mr. Obama to cancel several fundraisers.

Mr. Obama raised a combined $86 million for his campaign and the Democratic National Committee during the spring.

But campaign manager Jim Messina says they will raise significantly less money this summer because they can’t reschedule all of Mr. Obama’s fundraisers. The campaign canceled or postponed 10 fundraisers involving Mr. Obama, Vice President Joseph R. Biden and White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley during the past month.

Mr. Obama was attending two fundraisers on Wednesday in Chicago to celebrate his birthday. The president turns 50 on Thursday.


Adviser steps away from Pawlenty campaign

ST. PAUL | A Republican businessman whose support was trumpeted by presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty two months ago is stepping away from a policy position within the campaign.

Indiana executive Al Hubbard won’t be chairman of Mr. Pawlenty’s national policy efforts as previously announced. Pawlenty spokesman Alex Conant said Wednesday that Mr. Hubbard “became busy with work and isn’t operating in that role.”

Mr. Hubbard was seen as a big plus for Mr, Pawlenty in June because he led a White House economic panel during President George W. Bush’s administration and has close ties to Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels. He runs an Indianapolis-based acquisition company.


Perry’s day of prayer shadows 2012 bid

AUSTIN | Texas Gov. Rick Perry has organized a prayer meeting in Houston this weekend that could be a political double-edged sword now that he is considering running for president.

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