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John Kerry to host Barack Obama fund-raiser

WASHINGTON -- Senator John Kerry and his wife Teresa Heinz Kerry will host a fund-raiser for President Obama’s reelection campaign Monday evening at their Georgetown home, according to an Obama campaign official.

Vice President Joe Biden will headline the dinner, which is expected to draw about 75 guests. The host committee includes former Massachusetts Senator Paul Kirk, a long time chief of staff for the late Senator Edward Kennedy who temporarily filled his seat upon his death, and Ken Feinberg, a Brockton-born attorney and former Kennedy staffer. Ticket prices begin at $10,000 per couple.

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Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee which Biden once headed as well, has had a long history of raising money for Democratic campaigns and is one of the top fund-raisers for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. During the 2010 campaign, he appeared at fund-raisers and events for Senate colleagues facing tough reelections, including Barbara Boxer of California and Harry Reid of Nevada.

During the 2008 presidential campaign, Kerry stumped for Obama in 33 states and helped raise $875,465 through events he headlined or by emailing donors, according to Kerry’s staff. So far in the 2012 cycle, Kerry has helped raise $410,000 for the president’s reelection.

Tracy Jan can be reached at tjan@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @GlobeTracyJan.
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