updated 6/17/2008 8:40:35 PM ET 2008-06-18T00:40:35

Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton plan to meet with some of her top contributors next week in an effort to calm donors who remain frustrated with Obama's presidential campaign.

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The meeting is set for June 26 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, several top Clinton fundraisers said Tuesday.

Jonathan Mantz, Clinton's national finance director, notified donors about the meeting by e-mail and urged them to attend.

Two people closely involved with Clinton's fundraising said the meeting had taken on added urgency after several of her money "bundlers" complained that Obama campaign manager David Plouffe and others had come across as arrogant in meetings with them last week in New York and Washington.

Both individuals spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the meeting.

Among other things, they said, the donors want to make sure Obama knows that in order to get their help, he must help Clinton pay down her campaign debt.

The two fundraisers who discussed the meeting said many donors also are furious that Obama's campaign hired Patti Solis Doyle as chief of staff to Obama's eventual running mate, calling it a slap in the face to Clinton and an implicit acknowledgment that she would not be on the ticket with him.

But one top Clinton aide suggested there was no rift, noting that a vigorous primary contest had just ended.

"The Obama campaign has reached out to the Clinton people," said Hassan Nemazee, Clinton's national finance co-chairman. "I think this is a process that is being undertaken and hopefully we will be in a position to assimilate the Clinton fundraising operation and the Obama fundraising operation together in the near future."

"The reality is that we're two weeks from the day that the last primary was held," he added. "It takes a little while for staff to talk to each other, for lay organizations to talk to one another. It's taken a while to get the candidates available."

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