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Barack Obama stops for a "Grassroots Rally" at Santa Barbara City College Campus Saturday afternoon Sept. 8, 2007 on his way to a fundraiser at  Oprah Winfrey's house in Montecito.

Paul Wellman

Barack Obama stops for a "Grassroots Rally" at Santa Barbara City College Campus Saturday afternoon Sept. 8, 2007 on his way to a fundraiser at Oprah Winfrey's house in Montecito.


Barack Obama Rocks Santa Barbara

Photographs from the Presidential Candidate’s Saturday Visit to SBCC


Presidential candidate Barack Obama rolled into Santa Barbara on Saturday with the message that’s become the backbone of his campaign: Hope. More than 3,000 people were in attendance at Santa Barbara City College to hear the popular democrat share his plans for the future, touching on such issues as health care, education, and the war in Iraq.

From the rally, Obama was off to two events designed to bring hope to his campaign: fundraisers. Raising millions of dollars to be competitive in today’s elections is a necessity, and Obama’s pockets are certainly a little more full after Saturday.

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He first made a stop at Nancy Koppelman’s house, where $230,000 was raised for the Illinois senator. Obama then moved to the star-studded party at Oprah Winfrey’s Montecito estate, where a reported 1,500 people showed up, each paying the allowed maximum of $2,300. A quick multiplication of the numbers would mean that event raised $3.45 million for Obama’s campaign.

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