Obama to hold first fundraiser for Senate Democrats next month in Atlanta

President Obama will hold his first fundraising event for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) this election cycle next month in Atlanta, according to an invitation for the event obtained by The Hill.

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The fundraiser will be Obama's first for the committee this year as he ramps up his efforts to help House and Senate Democrats: He's already held two major fundraisers for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) that brought in millions for the organization.

According to a source, Obama has agreed to attend a total of 14 fundraisers for the two committees: Five each for the DCCC and DSCC outside Washington, and four in D.C.

The May 19 brunch is being co-hosted by Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed (D) and former Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes (D). It will be held at the headquarters of Blank's charitable organization. Tickets for the event are $10,000 per couple, and it's $32,400 to be a host.

The DSCC is facing a very tough map: It is defending seats in seven states Mitt Romney won last year while having few opportunities to go on offense.

But even without Obama's help, the committee is off to a fast fundraising start. It nearly doubled the National Republican Senatorial Committee's fundraising total in the first three months of 2013.

Georgia may be Democrats' best shot at picking up a seat: Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) is retiring and Rep. John Barrow (D-Ga.) and businesswoman Michelle Nunn, the daughter of former Sen. Sam Nunn (D-Ga.), are both seriously considering a bid for the seat.

The fundraising event was first reported by the Atlanta-based blog Creative Loafing.

This post was updated at 2:10 p.m.