The Process is Political: Christie's National Fundraising Swing

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Christie Details National Fundraising Swing: In a break from practice, the New Jersey Republican Party released the schedule of Gov. Chris Christie's private fundraisers this week that will take him to Missouri, California, and Louisiana. Some of the fundraisers will benefit the NJ GOP Party, and others will raise money for local Congressional runs and local parties.  

Christie's rebuffed previous calls to release his out-of-state political travel ("That's just how it is," he told the statehouse press corps in New Jersey), but the Republican Party released the schedule as presidential speculation reached a fever pitch over the weekend (again) as the governor prepares to give a speech at the Ronald Reagan library on Tuesday.

Christie continues to hear from Republican activists across the country urging him to run, a push that a Christie aide characterized as "all organic outreach," but another adviser insisted to the Wall Street Journal that Christie's mind is made up about staying out of 2012 and "none of that triggers any new thinking on his part." (Politicker NJ

As if Redistricting Weren't Opaque Enough...: ProPublica reports that the process of redrawing district maps is getting helped along with corporate and union money in a number of states, not that you'd know from the names of the lobby groups they're financing. Groups with names like "Fair Districts Mass" are providing essential cash to help pay for the inevitable political fights that come with new maps, covering costs like voter data, mapping consultants, lobbyists, and of course, the lawsuits.

In Massachusetts, Fair Districts can raise unlimited money and not disclose its donors. State election officials had previously refused to exempt a group called "Republican Redistricting Committee" from campaign finance laws. With the new name, the state agreed. (ProPublica, via Slate)

Small Obama Donors Sitting It Out: Most of Obama's past supporters have not given him any money yet for his reelection bid, the New York Times reported Sunday. It's still early, of course, but when the paper reached out to some of small donors, they told the paper they don't intend to give this time around.

That could spell trouble for the campaign, as donations of less than $200 made up about a quarter of Obama's 2008 warchest. Among the disenchanted voters the Times talked to was Edward Blair, a North Carolina supporter who appeared in Obama's reelection launch video in April.

Blair said then that "I can't not be involved," but told the Times that while he still respects the president, "I am disappointed, and I’m bewildered.” If you were one of those supporters three years ago, expect more of those emails this week ahead of the end of this quarterly filing period on Friday. (New York Times)