First lady Michelle Obama urged donors in New York on Monday to contribute to Democrats’ efforts to hold the Senate majority in 2014, saying “the midterm elections matter” in helping the president’s agenda move forward.
“There’s something that we and all of you can do right now, today, to make a huge difference, and it’s simple: You can write a big old fat check,” Obama said, according to a transcript of her remarks.
Obama headlined the women-focused Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee event at a midtown Manhattan hotel, where female senators and candidates running in 2014 were among those in attendance. More than 300 donors who gave at least $250 each gathered around 25 tables in a Sheraton ballroom, according to a White House pool report.
In her remarks, the first lady highlighted bills like Obamacare that barely survived a Senate vote, as well as those that came up short, including the expansion of background checks on gun purchases.
“So we need you all to max out,” Obama said. “And just as important, once you’ve maxed out, we need you to get everyone you know to give whatever they can, as well.” Full story