President Clinton arrived here Sunday to begin his largest fund-raising excursion of the year, expecting to collect up to $5 million for the Democrats in their big-bucks race with Republicans.
Denver was the first stop on a three-day swing, followed by visits to Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Francisco in his 25th journey to California as president. A series of private and public fund-raisers awaited Clinton along the way.
Campaign spokesman Joe Lockhart said Clinton would raise between $4.5 million to $5 million.
Clinton already has raised as much money as allowed by law for his own campaign, so this was for the Democratic Party, battling Republicans for campaign cash. Each party reported raising over $44 million during the second quarter of 1996. The Republican National Committee retained its lead in total fund-raising over the past year and a half, however, $140 million to $128 million.