06/16/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Obama Aims To Close Fundraising Gap With GOP

President Barack Obama is taking up a new role for the Democratic Party: Fund-Raiser-in-Chief.

This Sunday, following his commencement speech at Notre Dame, he headlines a $15,000-a-couple event in Indianapolis. Then comes a May 27 Beverly Hills gala -- at $30,400 a couple. That dinner, looking to draw a big entertainment-industry guest list, is expected to gross at least $3 million.

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