(CHICAGO) -- Mellody Hobson, a notable local fundraiser for President Obama, confirmed Thursday that she would co-chair Rahm Emanuel's campaign for mayor of Chicago.
"Rahm has been a friend of mine for many years. I think he's very, very capable," Hobson told Greg Hinz, a blogger for ChicagoBusiness.com.
Hobson, who currently is head of the Office of Business Liaison for the U.S. Department of Commerce, has gained national recognition for her expertise in financial literacy, investor education and civic engagement.
Sources say Hobson's role in Emanuel's campaign will be more than just fundraiser. Hinz says Jordan Kaplan, a fundraiser for the president's 2008 campaign, will be assisting Hobson along with Anne Olaimey -- a fundraiser from Emanuel's time in Congress -- who will serve as finance director.
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