Obama plans more than a dozen fundraisers for congressional Dems

President Obama will appear at more than a dozen fundraising events for the Democratic Party committees over the next year. 

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According to The New York Times, Obama will appear at five events outside of Washington each for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, as well as one for each inside the Beltway. The White House confirmed the president's plans. 

He'll also appear at two joint fundraising events for the committees, for a total of 14 events in 2013, which a White House official called an "aggressive schedule."

White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters Obama's fundraising appearances would be split "roughly" between the House and Senate committees.  

Obama's plans to fundraise marks a quick return to the campaign trail for a president who spent many hours on the road throughout 2012 working to fund his reelection campaign. 

It's also a shift for a president who previously has focused more on raising funds for his own reelection. 

Democrats in Congress grumbled in the last election cycle that Obama didn't do enough to help the party committees raise cash, and he refused to share Democratic National Committee funds with House and Senate candidates.

The electorate tends to vote against a sitting president's party in midterm elections, and the fundraising by Obama suggests he's determined to help Senate Democrats retain their majority while boosting House Democrats' hopes of regaining the majority in the lower chamber. 

That outcome would greatly increase Obama's chances of enacting his agenda.