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Rock band The National to headline Obama fundraiser in Ohio

By Eric Johnson
September 22, 2012

Music group The National and Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz will headline a fundraiser benefiting President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign in Cincinnati on October 5, a donor to the campaign said.

The early-evening event in downtown Cincinnati will feature an acoustic concert by the alternative rock group, which is known for brooding songs like “Bloodbuzz Ohio.” The Brooklyn-based band, which formed in Cincinnati, has been Obama’s opening act a number of times since his first White House run in 2008.

The event will also feature remarks and a question and answer session with Schultz, a Florida lawmaker who has ripped Republicans for proposed austerity measures and changes to government-run healthcare for the elderly.

The event is expected to draw between 150 to 200 people, which could raise between $150,000 and $200,000 for the Democratic incumbent, who has edged past Republican challenger Mitt Romney in opinion polls ahead of the Nov. 6 election.

The event could draw additional Democratic lawmakers and Obama surrogates but will not include Obama or his running mate, Joe Biden, the source said.

Photo: Matt Berninger of the National performs at Virgin Mobile Free Fest, in Columbia, Maryland on August 30, 2009. REUTERS/Bill Auth

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