The top outside group supporting President Joe Biden raised $208 million in 2023, an enormous sum as Democrats gear up for a difficult reelection year. Future Forward’s total haul, shared first with POLITICO, combined with the nearly $100 million raised by the Biden campaign operation in the final quarter of the year, likely gives the president a significant fundraising advantage over his Republican rivals.
Democratic National Convention organizers tell visiting Dems inclusion of city neighborhoods is a top priority
DNC interim executive director Kaitlin Fahey said involvement of the city’s diverse neighborhoods, a focal point in Chicago’s bid to land the convention, will continue to be a priority.
After signing the no-strike agreement, DNC Secretary Jason Rae, DNC Director of Convention Planning Alex Hornbrook and interim executive director of the host committee Kaitlin Fahey met with Illinois DNC members to talk about how the DNC and host committees will operate.
The president and his advisers are elevating a new super PAC, Future Forward, as their leading outside group to rake in cash from his wealthiest benefactors.
On-the-ground fundraising will be led by Magnify Strategies co-founder Leah Israel, who was chief fundraiser for the 2020 Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee…Party time, excellent: The Chicago team working behind the scenes, led currently by Kaitlin Fahey, also a co-founder of Magnify Strategies, and Gov. JB Pritzker’s political team, are working with venues to get memorandums of agreement signed to secure small and large spaces around the city for convention-related activities.
WASHINGTON — With Democrats deciding to hold their 2024 presidential convention in Chicago, the next steps are falling into place, including naming Kaitlin Fahey as the interim executive director of the host committee.
“It’s clear that the path to the White House, the path to retaining a Senate majority cuts through the Midwest,” said Kaitlin Fahey, a Democratic consultant who led the successful bid to host next year’s Democratic National Convention in Chicago and former chief of staff to Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.).
These are the known unknowns keeping Democratic power consultants in the four cities up at night. But still, it’s very good political work, befitting some top tier pros. Mayor Eric Adams’s team has hired Leah Daughtry, bestie of former D.N.C. chair Donna Brazile and former C.E.O. of the 2008 and 2016 conventions, to promote New York. Pritzker has retained star operative Leah Israel, the former chief development officer of the 2020 convention that went fully digital.
Leah Israel, a Democratic fundraiser and consultant who is a founding partner of Magnify Strategies — and a graduate of Highland Park High School — is helping organize meetings on Capitol Hill this week with members of Congress and Highland Park activists who will be in DC.