The Ticket

Obama campaign raising funds off pending Supreme Court ruling

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President Barack Obama hosts lawmakers Wednesday for a White House picnic (Susan Walsh/AP)

President Barack Obama (Susan Walsh/AP)

Diagnosis: A potentially brutal Supreme Court ruling. Cure: Send money.

That was the message from President Barack Obama's campaign manager, Jim Messina, to supporters on Thursday as Washington breathlessly awaited the nine justices' ruling on whether the president's landmark health care law overstepped the Constitution.

"We don't know what will happen this morning," Messina said in a fundraising message sent by email just a couple of hours before the court was expected to announce its decision. "But no matter what, today is an important day to have Barack Obama's back."

"If you're with him, donate now—before this week's critical fundraising deadline," he urged, promising "more soon" (presumably coming after the ruling is public, around 10 a.m. Thursday morning).

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