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Barack Obama

President Barack Obama
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President Barack Obama

Born: Aug. 4, 1961, Honolulu
Lives: Chicago
Education: Columbia University, B.A., 1983, Harvard University, J.D., 1991


Funds raised (according to Aug. 31 figures, the latest available on opensecrets.org):
Total Raised: $432,197,459
Total Spent: $345,723,446
Cash on Hand: $88,777,412


Current Occupation: President of the United States
: director, Developing Communities Project, 1985-1988; civil rights attorney, 1991-1996; lecturer, University of Chicago Law School, 1992-2004; Illinois state senator from Chicago, 1997-2004; U.S. senator from Illinois, 2005-2008
Business Background: He once wrote for a newsletter titled "Business International Money Report," and was named one of Crain's Chicago Business's "40 Under Forty" Chicagoans to watch in 1993. But Obama's view of economic policy is definitely from the bottom up, shaped by his work as a neighborhood development worker and community organizer in Chicago's South side; it was his success in registering underprivileged residents to vote that earned him the notice from Crain's.


Advocates: healthcare reform, stimulus spending; raising taxes on higher incomes; education reform
Website: barackobama.com
Facebook: facebook.com/barackobama
Twitter: @barackobama

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