8:12 am Sep. 13, 2012
Senator Chuck Schumer is focusing much of his time and energy on keeping a Democratic majority in the Senate.
But on September 23, Schumer will do his part for the president, when he headlines a "Lawyers for Obama" fund-raiser in New York City.
The reception is hosted by Janet Calvo, an immigration expert and professor at CUNY School of Law.
Tickets start at $250 for attendees and go up to $1,000 for co-hosts.
(Schumer graduated Harvard Law in 1974 and passed the New York bar, but never practiced; he ran for the Assembly instead, and at age 23, was the youngest person elected since Theodore Roosevelt.)
Schumer has always been one of the top fund-raisers in the Senate, and given his lack of credible challengers in recent years, he has dedicated most of his fund-raising to helping other Democratic senators raise for their own close races. As chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in 2006 and 2008, he helped the committee raise record-breaking sums and win some surprise victories, which the party is trying to protect this year.
Money could become an issue between the president and the Senate candidates in the last few months of the year. Earlier in the year, Schumer said he still expected the president's re-election campaign would contribute the customary support to the Senate candidates. But with the president maintaining a high burn rate over the summer, while being consistently out-raised by Romney, and staring down the barrel of hundreds of millions of dollars in outside money, it's not clear how much money the president will have to sprinkle down the ballot.