Running Short on Cash, Jesse Jackson Works a Glittering Harlem Bash
updated 09/14/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 09/14/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT
But even magic has its limits. With something less than $1 million in campaign funds raised so far, Jackson these days is more in need of cash than kisses, and the chicly attired crowd seemed reluctant to part with the former, despite Jackson's classic revival-meeting pitch. "If you want me to run for president, raise your hand," Jackson urged. "If you really want me to run, put your hand just as deep in your pocket," he continued, inviting donors to come up front. Hundreds headed toward the stage with checkbooks in hand. Many more stayed in their seats.
The next day's tally showed about $150,000 raised during the evening. With a series of similar benefits planned across the nation, Jackson, who leads all the other Democratic hopefuls in the polls, still has a chance to pull his campaign fund out of the basement. "Nobody will carry our bucket of water up this hill but us," he told the Apollo audience. Only time will tell how close he can get to the top.