Attendees cheer as President Barack Obama speaks about his American Jobs Act on Sept. 9 at the University of Richmond in Richmond, Va. In an effort to drum up support for Obamas re-election effort, the Democratic National Committee recently launched a TV ad backing the presidents jobs act, which is airing in four separate media markets in Virginia.
"In 2008, folks were fatigued with the war, the economy started to tank ... [and] we had a lackluster presidential campaign on the Republican side," LaCivita said. "But from that point to where we are now — they say a week in politics is an eternity, well three years is infinity."
As volunteers go through call lists in living rooms across the state, the Obama campaign is figuring out who is still on board three years later. The loyal Obama followers are calling every last Virginian who told the campaign at one point they want to do more than just vote. That even includes donors who gave just $5.
In the suburban Washington home last month, the responses to volunteer calls illustrated the difficulty of re-energizing supporters more than a year from the election. Many calls for ground support went unanswered, some were met with enthusiastic support, one turned into a debate over foreign policy and one gentleman just wanted to watch his baseball game.
On January 3, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., raises her right hand as her son Henry messes up her hair while Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., delivers the ceremonial swearing-in in the Old Senate Chamber. Gillibrand's other son Theodore, lower right, looks on.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.