I’ve confirmed with a campaign source that Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Hillary Clinton will greet Democratic donors together next Thursday at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington.
Michael Saul at the Daily News broke the story this evening and here are some of his details:
Jonathan Mantz, Clinton’s national finance director, sent top Clinton fundraisers an e-mail today inviting them to the event on June 26.
As we move forward, we invite you to join us for a National Finance Committee meeting with both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama on Thursday, June 26th in Washington, D.C., to discuss how we can work together to support Barack Obama and the Democratic Party,” Mantz wrote.
“Hillary ran for President because she wants to put this country on the right track,” Mantz wrote. “She continues to fight and stand strong for our values and priorities and will do everything she can to unify the party and to elect Barack Obama the next President of the United States.”
As part of the effort, Mantz wrote, the Clinton campaign is encouraging its supporters to contribute $2,300 to Obama’s campaign.
It’s not a big surprise the two camps are merging some money and staffers, but it should still be interesting to see how much the big donors will embrace Obama.
Already some Democrats are wondering aloud if the event will be followed by a larger campaign rally - perhaps in battleground Virginia?
No word yet on when (and if) Bill Clinton will appear with Obama on the trail.
— Christina Bellantoni, national political reporter,
The Washington Times