Obama’s Week: Boxer Fundraising, Supreme Court Meeting

Posted April 17, 2010 at 3:45pm

President Barack Obama in the coming week will raise money for an imperiled Senate Democrat and then turn his attention to finding some bipartisan common ground over his next nominee to the Supreme Court.

Obama flies to Los Angeles on Monday to raise money for Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and the Democratic National Committee, returning to Washington, D.C., on Tuesday.

Boxer has $8.7 million in cash on hand for her re-election bid, according to her latest report to the Federal Election Commission.

In the race for the GOP nomination to challenge Boxer, former Rep. Tom Campbell reported $1.1 million in cash on hand, former Hewlett-Packard executive Carly Fiorina reported $2.8 million and state Assemblyman Chuck DeVore reported just more than $400,000.

On Wednesday, the president plans to discuss the upcoming Supreme Court vacancy with the bipartisan Senate leadership and the top members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, according to a White House statement. That meeting will be at the White House.

Justice John Paul Stevens announced earlier this month that he will retire at the conclusion of this term, giving Obama his second opportunity to appoint a new Justice.

Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will spend next weekend in Ashville, N.C., according to the White House.