WASHINGTON -- President Clinton, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, and Democratic congressional leaders are trying to raise $10 million for presidential nominee-to-be John F. Kerry in 10 days.
The former president, taking up his longtime role as the Democrats' "fund-raiser in chief," sent prospective donors an e-mail yesterday urging them to help meet the online fund-raising goal. Kerry's campaign raised $10 million over the Internet in 10 days after he locked up the Democratic nomination March 2.
"It's our chance to demonstrate that in 2004, we're not going to yield an inch to the Republican attack machine when it comes to defining what this campaign is all about," Clinton wrote.
The Internet drive will lead into a 20-city fund-raising tour by Kerry in which he hopes to raise $15 million to $20 million by early May. Kerry's fund-raisers start March 29 with a two-day swing through California.
In addition to the Clintons, Tom Daschle of South Dakota, the Senate minority leader; Nancy Pelosi of California, the House minority leader; and several former Democratic presidential hopefuls plan to take part in the online fund-raising drive, the campaign said.
Kerry is trying to raise $80 million this year to counter record fund-raising by President Bush, who has taken in more than $163 million so far for his reelection effort.
If the Massachusetts senator meets his goal, he will have raised a Democratic record of roughly $105 million for his campaign from January 2003 to the party's nominating convention in Boston in July.
The Kerry effort is just one part of the Democrats' fund-raising push for this fall's elections.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, trying to regain a House majority, was holding a fund-raiser at a Washington steakhouse last night that it hoped would raise $2 million.