Gay marriage shift gives Obama fundraising boost

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
President Barack Obama is seeing an uptick in fundraising since he announced his shift on gay marriage.

U.S. President Barack Obama announces the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq in the briefing room of the White House in Washington October 21, 2011. Obama on Friday said the United States will fulfill its promise by pulling troops out of Iraq by year-end. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

NEW YORK (AP) -- President Barack Obama is seeing an uptick in fundraising since he announced his shift on gay marriage.

Some Democratic fundraisers say they're seeing renewed interest from gay and lesbian donors who had urged the president to clarify his stance on the divisive social issue.

Obama's campaign has declined to say how much it has collected since the announcement but some staffers have asked supporters to give money as a way of expressing their approval.

Following the Obama interview with ABC News, Obama's n
ational finance director Rufus Gifford said in a posting to the campaign Web site that "if you're proud of our president, this is a great time to make a donation to the campaign."

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