Clinton MD Fundraiser Cancelled: Not Enough Donors

By Jim Burns | July 7, 2008 | 8:24 PM EDT

( - A fundraiser lunch set for next Monday that would have featured President Clinton and Maryland Democratic leaders has been cancelled. The reason: failure to attract enough big party donors.

The Monday event was to be held at Baltimore's Inner Harbor. It was projected, according to party officials to raise around $300,000. According to Maryland Democratic Party officials the event had been planned for several months.

The fundraiser was to be hosted by Baltimore Mayor Kurt Schmoke, Maryland Lieutenant Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend and Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos.

Other leading Maryland Democrats, including Governor Parris Glendening and Senator Barbara Mikulski were also scheduled to be in attendance.

Maryland Democratic party officials said they had trouble securing enough contributions because many party donors have already given money to political candidates.

"People's time, energy and resources have been tapped," according to Jenny Backus, a spokesperson for the Democratic National Committee in Washington. "We thought it would be better to reschedule so we didn't take anything away from what they're doing."

Other Democrats said it would be embarrassing if the president headlined a sparsely attended function. One Democratic official said the Democratic National Committee (DNC) had received pledges of $200, 000, but could not count on enough people to warrant President Clinton's presence.