President Obama Heads to the West Coast to Help Democrats

President Obama headlines three fundraisers for California Senator Barbara Boxer in hopes of keeping the three term Democrat in Washington. Just last month the President helped Boxer raise cash from wealthy donors in Los Angeles and now, just over a month later, is back to tap the coffers in northern California. Boxer is facing competition from three Republicans - former Rep. Tom Campbell, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and Assemblyman Chuck DeVore of Irvine. California republican voters will decide her opponent June 8th. During his remarks in April for Senator Boxer, the President acknowledged what could be Boxer's closest race by saying, "November is going to be tough. Barbara is going to have a tough race. It's always a tough race if you're an incumbent in this kind of economic environment."

Fiorina's campaign says Boxer and the President should be focusing on other duties. "As oil gushes into the Gulf of Mexico and news reports continue to show that for as much as BP bears responsibility for this disaster, the federal government also fundamentally failed in its regulatory oversight, Barbara Boxer and Barack Obama are holding a fundraiser," said Fiorina spokeswoman Julie Soderlund. "A clear demonstration of their priorities." One day after Mr. Obama's last fundraiser for Senator Boxer on April 19th, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf. Ms. Boxer chairs the Senate Environmental committee and last week asked the Justice Department to look into whether or not BP participated in a cover-up by making false and misleading claims about its ability to prevent a serious oil spill.

President Obama's efforts are reported to bring in $1.5 million not only for Senator Boxer but for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee as well.