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Obama Helps Raise $1 Million for Giannoulias



    Obama Helps Raise $1 Million for Giannoulias
    President Barack Obama embraces Illinois Democratic Senate Candidate Alexi Giannoulias, Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010, during a Democratic fundraisr at the Chicago Cultural Center in Chicago. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    President Barack Obama Thursday said that Illinois Senate Candidate Alexi Giannoulias is his friend.

    What a good friend!

    The president worked a fund raiser for Giannoulias at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago’s Loop and netted nearly $1 million for the Democrat, the Chicago Tribune reports.

    "Alexi is my friend. I know his character. I know how much he loves this country. I know how committed he is to public service for all the right reasons," the president said. "I appreciate his strong sense of advocacy for ordinary Americans. He's not doing this to help the lobbyists. He's not doing it to help special interests."

    The $1 million haul is a blessing for Giannoulias who has had cash troubles throughout his campaign.  During a fund raising period between April and the end of June Giannoulias’ team only raised $900,000. That’s less than half of what his opponent, Mark Kirk took in during the period. He reported $2.3 million.

    Obama's fund raiser for Giannoulias was just one of three fund raising events the president attended while in town Thursday. He also reportedly took in about $1.5 million for the Democratic National Committee when he appeared at a $250-a-head event at the Chicago Cultural Center and at a $30,000-a-head event at Democrat Neil Bluhm's house.