Still not campaigning on the taxpayer’s dime huh?
President Barack Obama’s two day trip to California starting Wednesday is another whirlwind 2012 campaign fundraising tour that should take in a hefty haul: it includes a tony Beverly Hills dinner hosted by comedian Will Ferrell, a Los Angeles reception featuring the Foo Fighters, and a San Francisco performance by Chris Cornell.
The California tour includes no public events — but three San Francisco fundraisers — two of them exclusive, intimate $38,500 per person dinners, campaign sources say.
Will Team Obama use their campaign funds to pay for the use of Air Force One and the use of the Secret Service? Since these are private events, shouldn’t Obama be the one paying for the trip?
In San Francisco — where the President will stay overnight — city officials have already warned merchants that traffic could be snarled as Fifth Street willl be closed between Mission and Folsom streets from Thursday evening to Friday morning — which is when he’s scheduled to depart.
In Los Angeles, the website TotalTrafficLA has a good rundown on what to expect in the Southland for the Obama visit.
Here’s the latest information, as released to us from a campaign official:
*President Obama on Wednesday “will deliver remarks at an outdoor fundraising reception with 1,000 supporters at a private residence in Los Angeles, CA.” The reception will feature a musical performance by the Foo Fighters. There were limited Gen44 tickets available for $250, with general admission tickets at $500.
*Wednesday evening, the President will attend a fundraising dinner at the same private residence with approximately 80 people. Tickets for that event cost $35,800.
Proceeds from both events will go to Obama Victory Fund, a joint fundraising committee authorized by Obama for America and the Democratic National Committee.
*President Obama will attend a fundraising luncheon with 125 supporters at a private residence in Corona Del Mar, CA. Tickets for this event start at $2,500.
*On Thursday afternoon, the President will attend a small fundraiser with approximately 20 supporters at the Mark Hopkins Intercontinental Hotel in San Francisco, CA. Tickets for this event cost $35,800 (per person).
*On Thursday evening, he will attend a fundraising dinner with 70 supporters at a private residence in San Francisco, with tickets at $35,800 per person. That is followed by a fundraising reception at the Nob Hill Masonic Center attended by 2,500 people that will feature a musical performance by Chris Cornell. Tickets for the dinner cost $35,800 (per person).