Obama raising funds for House Dems

President Obama is raising money for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) in Chicago on Wednesday night at two fundraisers, his third such effort for the DCCC this cycle.

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The president will first appear with a handful of Democratic members of the Illinois delegation and House Democratic leadership at a reception at the Hilton hotel, which is expected to draw 150 attendees.

Tickets for the first fundraiser ran from $1,000 per person to $5,000 per couple.

Illinois Democratic Reps. Cheri Bustos, Robin Kelly, Bill Foster, Bobby Rush, Jan Schakowsky, along with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), DCCC Chairman Steve Israel (D-N.Y.), House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will attend the first fundraiser.

Pelosi, Israel and Hoyer, along with former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley and former Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod and his wife, will attend the second, which will be held at the home of Obama donors Bettylu and Paul Saltzman. Reps. Sandy Levin (D-Mich.) and Schakowsky will attend as well.

The second fundraiser is only expected to draw 70 attendees, but tickets range from $10,000 for an individual to $32,400 for a couple.

Obama has raised millions at previous fundraisers for the Democratic campaign committee, and has emphasized his commitment to taking back control of the House in 2014, telling donors at one House fundraiser that it would be a "whole lot easier to govern" if Democrats controlled both the upper and lower chambers of Congress.

But his party faces the difficult task of netting 17 seats to regain the House majority during a midterm year, when turnout will decline without Obama sending supporters to the polls.

He'll continue to help House Democrats with fundraising, however, having promised eight overall fundraisers for the committee in the 2014 cycle. His efforts have driven the DCCC to outraise its Republican counterpart during the first four months of the year.

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