Sen. Eric Lesser brings Obama-era officials together for virtual fundraiser

Sen. Eric Lesser is bringing back Obama-era colleagues to the same virtual place on Tuesday evening for a fundraiser for his bid for lieutenant governor. 

According to a report by Mass Live Lesser is pushing the vent as his way of “getting the band back together.” 

The former White House and campaign leaders backing his campaign have raised over $648,000 between January and the end of May for a total of $1.07 million in cash on hand, according to local news who cited the state’s Office of Campaign and Political Finance.

That number is expected to increase as the event on Tuesday draws some of the more well-to-do political types.

Included in the star-studded event are former senior advisor to President Barack Obama, David Axelrod; former economic policy advisor Austan Goolsbee; former White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations Alyssa Mastromonaco; and former Obama Campaign Manager David Plouffe.

Lesser said he believes in the group enough to go to them for advice on state policy and during campaigns for state Senate and lieutenant governor and even said that Goolsbee is where he goes for guidance as his legislative team worked on the COVID-19 recovery bill earlier in the pandemic.

“Austan, who is one of the most well-regarded economists in the country, actually helped and did a call with my team when we were writing that legislation,” Lesser told MassLive.

“It’s an inspiring team that, frankly, helped change the world with the election of Barack Obama. So really, really excited to get everybody back together.”

“Following his time at Harvard, Lesser joined Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign where he traveled across the country during the primary and general elections,” Mass Live reported. “The senator then joined Obama’s White House staff, first as a special assistant to Axelrod and later at the White House Council of Economic Advisors.”