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Democrats Hold National Convention Kickoff Event, Unveil Logo

2012 Democratic National Convention Committee(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- Depending on how things go over the next year, Tuesday might have been the high point for the organizers of the Democratic National Convention.

The Democrats will hold their convention in Charlotte, N.C., from Sept. 3-6, 2012 where they'll presumably re-nominate President Obama for another term.  On Tuesday, organizers held a kickoff event to unveil the convention logo.

The logo is a variation of the "O" used in the president's 2008 campaign. Democrats are hoping it will bring the White House good luck because all the polls show the president will need it if the economy doesn't turn around quickly.

Still, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, was upbeat at the event in Charlotte, explaining, "This convention is about Americans coming together to commit ourselves and our country to a path that creates more opportunity."

Democrats picked the city because Obama captured North Carolina's 15 eletoral votes in 2008, a state he desperately needs in his win column if he's to get reelected.

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Jon Huntsman, DNC Duel in Video Showdown

Richard Ellis/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Jon Huntsman’s week of media mania has attracted more than just Twitter followers.  He has also caught the eye of the Democratic National Committee, which capitalized on Huntsman’s television blitz with an email blast quoting the former Utah governor’s negative comments about the rest of the GOP field.

Huntsman was quick to fire back, reminding the DNC via tweet that he has criticized President Obama just as much.

Now, both sides have taken to their respective edit rooms, releasing unique takes on Huntsman’s appearances on ABC News’ This Week and CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight.

On Monday evening, the DNC sent an email to reporters praising Huntsman’s interview with ABC News’ Jake Tapper.

“Jon Huntsman served as our best possible surrogate,” they wrote, “reiterating what we already know about the Republican field of presidential candidates: that they have 'zero substance,' are 'too far to the right,' and can’t be trusted with the economy.  In fact, we were so pleased with his message discipline that we decided to put out a web video titled, 'Don’t Take It From Us' -- enjoy!”

The email ended with a warning to Team Huntsman: “P.S.: This 30 second treatment could be coming to a TV screen near you in the near future.”

The video, which was embargoed until 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, contains four clips from Huntsman’s interview with Tapper, each slamming his opponents Mitt Romney and Rick Perry.  At the end, a title graphic appears on screen: “Don’t take it from us…Take it from one of their own.”

Four hours later, Huntsman’s campaign sent out an email response.

“Over the weekend Gov. Huntsman taped interviews on This Week with Jake Tapper filling in for Christiane Amanpour and Piers Morgan Tonight," wrote Huntsman’s spokesperson Tim Miller.  “Gov. Huntsman reiterated what all Americans already know about the Obama Administration -- it has failed.  We were so pleased with his performance that we released the following web video titled, 'Take It From Me.'"

Huntsman’s video, embargoed until 5:00:01 a.m., contains four clips, all knocking President Obama.  Just like the DNC, Huntsman’s clip ends with a single graphic: “Take It From Me...The President Failed.”

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Democratic National Committee Shows Love for Jon Huntsman

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The Democratic National Committee sent out an email Sunday afternoon highlighting Jon Huntsman's negative comments about his fellow GOP candidates from his interview with ABC News’ Jake Tapper on This Week.

The email is entitled "Don't Take Our Word for It" and seems to take a swipe at Huntsman's ties to President Obama, as well as the belief that he is too liberal to be the Republican nominee.

Huntsman, embracing the newfound strength of his Twitter voice, replied, tweeting: ".@thedemocrats - You missed 1. 'Pres. Obama is too far left. His policies have failed.' Time to get economy back on track w/ new leadership."

Huntsman’s spokesman Tim Miller followed up with a statement to ABC News: "The DNC is shilling for a president who has failed on the most important issue to Americans -- the economy and job creation.  Gov. Huntsman has a record of creating an environment for job growth and balancing budgets, President Obama has none.  He's the one person who is offering serious solutions and has a record to back it up."

Below is the email from the DNC:

From: Roussell, Melanie
Subject: Don't take our word for it...


Huntsman Said The Rest Of The GOP Field Had “Zero Substance” And Were “Too Far To The Right.” Huntsman on ABC’s This Week: “We have people on the Republican side too far to the right. We have zero substance. We have no good ideas that are being circulated or talking about that allow the country to get back on its feet economically so we begin creating jobs.” [ABC News – This Week, 8/21/11]

Huntsman Said He Would Not Trust His Opponents With The Economy Because They Would Have Allowed The Country To Default. When asked by Jake Tapper, “Would you trust a President Bachmann to do the right thing with the economy?” Huntsman replied, “I wouldn't necessarily trust any of my opponents who are on the recent debate stage with me when every single one of them would have allowed this country to default.” [ABC News – This Week, 8/21/11]

Huntsman Said The Republican Party Has “A Serious Problem” In Becoming “The Anti-Science Party.” On ABC’s This Week, Huntsman said: “I think there's a serious problem. The minute the Republican Party becomes the party, the anti-science party, we have a huge problem. We lose a whole lot of people, who would otherwise allow us to win the election in 2012 when we take a position that isn't willing to embrace evolution, we take a position that basically runs counter to what 100 to 900 climate scientists have said with what the national academy of science has said. What is causing climate change and man's contribution to it. We find ourselves on the wrong side of science and therefore in a losing position.” [ABC News - This Week, 8/21/11]

Huntsman Said “We’d Be Here All Afternoon” To Talk About Romney’s Flip-Flops. On ABC’s This Week, Huntsman said, “If we talk about inconsistencies and change on various issues, we'd be here all afternoon.” [ABC News - This Week, 8/21/11]

Huntsman Said He Had “No Idea Where” Romney’s Based His Claim That Corporations Are People. “Huntsman was also asked about Romney’s ‘corporations are people’ remark at the Iowa State Fair, which he quickly turned into an opportunity to cite Massachusetts’s poor job creation ranking during the years Romney was governor of the state. ‘I have no idea where that might have come from, entrepreneurs are people, but how it came out in his event, I’m not sure what it was based on.’” [ABC News, 8/13/11]

Huntsman: Romney Ranked 47th In Job Creation. “‘Massachusetts under governor Romney was number 47,’ he said. ‘We’re going to want a governor with a track record of success as opposed to one who was number 47. First versus 47th, I think there’s a huge difference in that, particularly going up against a president who doesn’t have a track record at all of expanding the economy or successfully creating jobs.’” [ABC News, 8/13/11]

Huntsman: Romney Has Flip-Flopped On The Flat Tax. On ABC’s This Week, Huntsman said, “I know in 1996 he was against a flat tax. […] If he's in favor of a flat tax now where he wasn't before, at least he's moving in the right direction.” [ABC News - This Week, 8/21/11]

Huntsman: “Call Me Crazy” But “I Believe In Evolution And Trust Scientists On Global Warming” Unlike Governor Perry. “Jon M. Huntsman Jr. is eager to stand out. Just not too much. In a Twitter message sent Thursday afternoon, Mr. Huntsman wrote: ‘To be clear. I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy.’ The message was a direct shot at his newest rival, Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, who said this week that climate change was ‘a scientific theory that has not been proved’ and called evolution ‘just a theory.’” [NY Times, 8/18/11]

Huntsman Slammed Perry For His Secession Comments And Attacks On Bernanke. When asked to comment on Perry saying that Bernanke would be treated “ugly” in Texas and that printing money was “treasonous,” Huntsman said, “I don't know if that's pre-secession Texas or post secession Texas. In any event, I'm not sure that the average voter out there will hear that treasonous remark and say that sounds like a presidential candidate that sounds like someone serious on issues.” [ABC News - This Week, 8/21/11]

Melanie N. Roussell | National Press Secretary
Democratic National Committee

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Obama Campaign, DNC Raise $86 Million in Second Quarter

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Obama campaign manager Jim Messina announced in a video sent to supporters Wednesday morning that the Obama 2012 campaign and the Democratic National Committee raised $86 million, far surpassing their stated goal of $60 million.

Messina said that the sum -- more than $47 million for Obama for America, more than $38 million for the DNC -- came from 552,462 donors.

He said 98 percent of all donations were $250 or less. The average donation was $69.

The campaign maintains it does not take money from political action committees or Washington, D.C. lobbyists.

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Obama’s White House Fundraising ‘Unseemly but Perfectly Legal’

JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Officials from good government groups Tuesday criticized President Obama for engaging in fundraising-related activities on the grounds of the White House, though they did so noting that the president is joining a long tradition of presidents who have done the same.

On March 7, President Obama met with more than two dozen financial leaders and executives in the Blue Room of the White House.  The event was organized by the Democratic National Committee, and all but one of the individuals appear to be campaign contributors to the president.

More recently, the president taped a video in the residence of the White House, as part of a fundraising “raffle” for donors, offering a dinner with him as a prize.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters that a president holding a DNC- or RNC-sponsored event at the White House is extremely common.

“It is wholly understandable why the president would want to consult with business executives about their ideas about, you know, what to do in terms of economic policy and business policy going forward, including financial sector policy,” Carney said.  “And the fact that they're supporters, obviously, he would want to talk to his supporters about that, as well.”

Good government groups were more inclined to criticize the White House meeting with business leaders than the filming of the video, though they all said the March meeting appeared perfectly legal.

“It looks bad,” said Mary Boyle, vice president of communications for Common Cause.  “It’s disappointing that a president who has gone further than most others in terms of putting up firewalls between the White House and special interests, would host in the White House a meeting with past or current donors.”

Boyle said the meeting “conveys that it’s business as usual, and whether he is or not, it appears he’s selling access.  Given the way he campaigned and to some extent has governed, it makes us wonder why he didn’t hold this meeting somewhere else.”

Common Cause said that donors who visited the White House that day gave $1,750,254 to President Obama and Democratic congressional candidates and $54,616 to independent or Republican candidates during the 2008 and 10 cycles.  They donated an additional $1,138,600 to the DNC or the two congressional Democratic re-election committees.

Melanie Sloan of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington called the activities, "unseemly, but perfectly legal.  And they all do this.”  She said “every president tries to woo donors and while most of us in government reform would like it to not be that way, under the current campaign finance system, that’s what’s allowed.”

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Obama's Meeting with Wall Street Execs Comes Under Fire

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- With campaign fundraising in full swing, President Obama is under fire for hosting a Democratic National Committee-sponsored meeting with key Wall Street supporters at the White House.

On Tuesday, two former Bush administration lawyers questioned the meeting, saying it highlights the fine line between official and political events.

On March 7, the president met with Wall Street executives, some of whom are campaign contributors, in the Blue Room of the White House, according to The New York Times, which suggested that the DNC organized the event to reach out to donors.

“If it’s an official capacity meeting...the DNC should not be organizing the meeting.  The White House should be organizing the meeting.  If the DNC is setting up the meeting, that is a political meeting,” Richard Painter, former associate White House counsel to President George W. Bush, testified Tuesday before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Painter did, however, admit that he did not know all of the facts about the meeting and was hearing “conflicting views” about whether it was of a political or official nature.

“One can look at that as political activity if you look at the circumstances and note that the DNC committee coordinated that event and issued the invitation for it,” Scott Coffina, also a former Bush White House counsel, said at the hearing.

“You get into this very fine line that’s difficult to draw.  It looks like the content was official but, certainly the population of attendees and probably the purpose of it was partisan political,” he added.

The White House has adamantly defended the meeting, which was not on the president’s public schedule that day, insisting that it was not a fundraiser and that it’s “totally precedented” for the president to have a DNC-organized meeting at the White House.

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With 2012 Campaign Underway, DNC Out-Raises Republicans in April

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Less than two months after formally launching his bid for reelection, President Obama is demonstrating why he could be on track to set a new campaign fundraising record in 2012.

Obama helped the Democratic National Committee (DNC) collect more than $14 million last month, more than double the amount raised by Republicans, according to Federal Election Commission filings.

The president has attended 18 fundraisers since April 4, many held jointly with the DNC, including three fundraisers in his hometown of Chicago, six in California neighborhoods outside Los Angeles and San Francisco, and three in New York City.

Obama raised more than $127 million in California and New York in 2008, the top two states of donors giving to his campaign.

Many of the events so far, with ticket prices ranging from $25 to $35,800, have padded the party's coffers, with only a small portion of the monies raised directly to the Obama Victory Fund for 2012, organizers say.

Campaign finance reports for Obama and the Republican presidential candidates due for release in mid-July will offer the first official glimpse of individual fundraising efforts. 

Obama raised a record $745 million in 2008, the first time a presidential campaign topped $1 billion in fundraising overall.  In 2012, many expect the Obama campaign alone could raise $1 billion or more.

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz Will Be New DNC Chair

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- With the announcement Tuesday that current DNC Chair Tim Kaine is running for the Senate in Virginia comes news that Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz will replace him.

Wasserman Schultz, 44, brings some significant assets to the table. Besides the obvious fact that she’s a woman, she’s also a proven fundraiser and a skilled on-air surrogate. A breast cancer survivor, she is also a close friend of Rep. Gabby Giffords.

The official announcement came in the form of an email from Vice President Biden to DNC members.

"In selecting Debbie to lead our party, President Obama noted her tenacity, her strength, her fighting spirit, and her ability to overcome adversity. President Obama expressed great admiration for her as a leader, and he was honored that she accepted this important challenge on behalf of the Democratic Party," writes Biden.

Now that she has been nominated to the DNC job, the full committee will vote on her nomination. This is really a formality since DNC members aren't going to buck the president.

If she wins the election, she will become the first woman elected by the full membership to serve as chair. There have been two other women who have served as chair of the DNC but one was on an interim basis and one was appointed but never stood for election.

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Tim Kaine Announces Virginia Senate Bid

Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- It might have been the worst-kept secret in Washington in recent weeks, and on Tuesday it was a secret no more: Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine is running for Senate in Virginia.

Kaine, who served as governor of Virginia from 2006-2010 before President Obama asked him to head the DNC, made the announcement in a video message to supporters.

“I’m running for the United States Senate because America has big challenges, and I’m convinced that Virginia has answers to help strengthen our nation” Kaine said. “While we still have a lot of work to do to help Virginians who are struggling, I know Washington can learn a few things from Virginia.”

Democrats have long viewed Kaine as their best chance to keep the Virginia seat that Sen. Jim Webb is vacating in their hands. Kaine could face another former governor, George Allen, a Republican who announced in January that he would seek the seat.

Democrats, including President Obama, have been not-so-subtly pushing Kaine to run. At a recent fundraiser in New York City, the president referred to the rumors that Kaine "might plunge back into electoral politics."

“If he does,” Obama said, “I want even people up here to be paying attention and to be rooting for him.”

Kaine's coming departure from his job at the DNC, also means that President Obama will soon have to name a replacement. Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland and Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz are among those who have been mentioned as possible contenders for the job.

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DNC Chairman Tim Kaine Leaning Toward US Senate Run

Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Nervous about losing a U.S. Senate seat to Republicans in Virginia, President Obama has been pushing former Virginia governor and current Democratic National Committee chairman Tim Kaine to run for the spot being vacated by Sen. Jim Webb.

Virginia is a battleground state that Obama can ill-afford to lose next year and his chances would improve significantly if a strong Democratic candidate like Kaine is the nominee for Senate.  His most likely GOP opponent would be former Sen. George Allen.

Up to now, Kaine has been reluctant to make a commitment but there were signs Monday that he appears ready to make a decision that will please the president.

DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse said that Kaine is more apt to run than sit out the race.  Woodhouse made the statement following reports that Kaine told University of Richmond students that he is indeed a candidate.

Kaine's people are insisting that no firm decision has been made yet and that the former governor will announce his intentions once he addresses several matters, including whether he has the support to win, as well as ensure that he leaves the DNC in capable hands should he step down from the chairmanship.

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