Emanuel Freed to Fundraise for Super-PACs: $3 Million Already

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Delegates at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte.

Rahm Emanuel has always been a fundraising machine, but as a co-chairman of the President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign, he was prevented from raising the kind of big checks that Republican Karl Rove is collecting.

So he resigned.

Now, the Chicago mayor and former chief of staff to Obama is hustling for top-dollar checks and has already raised $3 million for Priorities USA, the super-PAC working to re-elect Obama, according to a Democratic fundraiser.

It just so happens that Priorities was founded by former White House aides Bill Burton and Sean Sweeney, who also worked for Emanuel when he led the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in 2006 — when Democrats (briefly) recaptured the House in midterm elections that Rove’s former boss, President George W. Bush, called “a thumpin.”

Rove went on to co-found American Crossroads, raising tens of millions for Republicans.

It’s not just Priorities that Emanuel will help.

This morning he attended a fundraiser for the super-PACs in Charlotte, where the Democratic National Convention is underway, to help win the House and keep the Senate in Democratic hands.


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