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Obama schedules latest Bay Area fundraising stop for May 23

By Steven Luo May 22, 2012 No Comments Print Share

President Barack Obama waves as he deplanes Air Force One. (Andrew Leonard / CALIFORNIA BEAT)

Want to see the President speak during his latest fundraising swing through the Bay Area? Be prepared to pay up.

President Barack Obama will attend three Silicon Valley events in support of his 2012 re-election bid and the Democratic Party on May 23 and 24, including a Redwood City rally expected to draw hundreds of supporters, the Political Beat has learned.

The President will speak at a 6 p.m. rally at Redwood City’s 1,348-seat Fox Theater. Tickets for the event start at $250 per person; seats closer to the stage are priced at $1,000, and for $7,500, guests can be photographed with the President backstage.

Redwood City Police have announced several street closures along Broadway and Middlefield Road through downtown. Some neighboring business to the Fox Theater will be ordered to close early, police said.

Have more money to give? Obama’s campaign has events for you as well.

The President will attend a dinner at the Atherton home of Lisa and Doug Goldman. Goldman is the son of Levi Strauss heirs Richard and Rhoda Goldman.

After staying the night in San Jose, he will then speak at a Asian-American/Pacific Islander round-table in San Jose on Thursday morning — an event which was moved at the last minute from its original Palo Alto location for logistical reasons.

Tickets for both events are priced at $35,800 per person, with $5,000 going toward the President’s re-election campaign and the rest going to the Democratic National Committee.

Combined, the events are expected to raise several million dollars for President Obama and Democratic election campaigns.

The President will overnight at an undisclosed location in San Jose before leaving the Bay Area Thursday morning.

The stop is the latest Bay Area fundraising swing for Obama, who enjoys high approval ratings in the heavily Democratic region and can draw on the pocketbooks of the area’s wealthy, progressive-minded donors. His last visit on Feb. 16 included a $35,800 per person dinner at the San Francisco home of novelist Robert Mailer Anderson and a campaign rally at the Masonic Auditorium on Nob Hill.

The Beat News Service contributed reporting. Contact Beat Political Director Steven Luo at sluo@californiabeat.org.

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