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Obama Campaign Runs in Circles



    The Obama campaign headquarters at the Prudential Building has operated on a low key basis.  But that’s about to change.

    Bill Daley -- Rahm Emanuel's Chief of Staff replacement -- is coming back soon, and there will definitely be more activity as the presidential race begins to kick into high gear. 

    Utilizing Facebook is so 2008. Now, the Obama 2012 campaign is all about expanding circles.  

    Fund raising circles that is.       

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    "Regardless in my view who the Republicans nominate, the President of the United States in my view has a strong case to make about his fight on behalf of the middle class," Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday during an unrelated news conference.

    President Obama handlers launch a new fund raising tactic ahead of Obama's hometown this week.  Those who donate to the “Chicago Leadership Circle” will be included in upcoming briefings and enjoy other campaign perks.  

    As the Sun-Times Lynn Sweet reports, for a flat donation of $5,000  (or if you have to … they will accept monthly installments of $1,000 each) high-dollar donors will have access to “watch the evolution of the campaign up close” according to the sales pitch from Illinois Finance Chairs Vicki Heyman, John Rogers and Neil Bluhm. That means they'll be invited to briefings at the Prudential building.

    The circle is viewed as one way to attract donors who have not yet contributed to the campaign.   Also promised “unparalleled networking opportunities” with the key policy makers who will be in Chicago with the campaign based here.

    Does that include Mayor Rahm Emanuel?

    If you donate to the new Chicago Leadership Circle there will be free tickets to Wednesday night’s rally at UIC.  

    Those who already joined watched the Iowa caucus returns at the Obama headquarters.