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The Washington Post Sunday - - The Sunday Fix -

MVP for the first fundrais­ing quar­ter: Ju­lianna Smoot, fi­nance di­rec­tor for the Barack Obama cam­paign. A North Carolina na­tive and Smith Col­lege grad, Smoot learned her trade in the Se­nate, as a fundraiser for Richard Durbin (Ill.), John Ed­wards (N.C.) and then-Demo­cratic leader Tom Daschle (S.D.). In the 2006 cy­cle, she served as fi­nance di­rec­tor for the Se­nate Demo­cratic cam­paign chair­man, Chuck Schumer (N.Y.), rais­ing record sums in the party’s suc­cess­ful bid to win Se­nate con­trol. Obama con­tacted her shortly af­ter the Novem­ber elec­tion. “She’s a fine per­son,” said Schumer, who called Smoot to con­grat­u­late her once the Obama num­bers were in. “I’m very proud of her.”

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