Presidential fundraising optics

The Times reports on President Obama’s fundraising efforts.

The appearance at the Fontainebleau Hotel, a freshly renovated beachside spot that once was a favorite of Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Dean Martin, drew far less notice than Mr. Obama’s fund-raisers initially did. Back in March, when he raised money for the first time in office, the White House was peppered with questions about the propriety of such an event, given the country’s unemployment rate and bleak economy.

Now, it has just become part of Mr. Obama’s routine, even though critics say it stands in contrast to his campaign pledge to change the ways of Washington. While he does not personally accept contributions from lobbyists or political action committees, the party’s House and Senate committees do, so some of his rules have little practical effect.

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