February 15th, 2012
03:15 PM ET
It’s a whirlwind tour for the president this week as he travels west to continue pressing his message about strengthening the nation’s sputtering economy – at the same time he will also press some big money supporters to fill his campaign coffers. In the end, after 8 campaign events in 3 days, the bottom line will be an impressive $8.5 million dollars raised, split between the Obama campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
Mr. Obama starts the tour by focusing his message on keeping jobs in America during a visit to a Milwaukee lock factory Wednesday. But it’s only a 2 and a half hour pit stop. The president then heads to the gold coast of California for some serious fundraising and hobnobbing with some serious star power.
The Foo Fighters, winners of five Grammys this week, headline Wednesday evening’s outdoor campaign event for about a thousand of the president’s Gen44 –or young professional supporters. It’s at the private L.A. home of soap opera producer Bradley Bell and co-hosted by comedian Will Ferrell a Democratic official tells CNN. Most tickets for this event sold for $250, though some went as high as $500. But the big money comes later in the evening when the president stays for dinner with 80 high rolling donors paying $35,800 each for the pleasure of his company according to a Democratic official.
Thursday it’s breakfast in Corona Del Mar, a neighborhood in the affluent city of Newport Beach, about 50 miles south of L.A. One hundred twenty five supporters will join the president for a meal paying the hefty price of $2500 a ticket. Later Mr. Obama will make his way up the coast to San Francisco. There he will meet with an intimate group of 20 supporters, each paying $35,800 for the privilege.
Later Thursday evening it’s dinner for the president with 70 supporters at a private San Francisco residence, each diner paying the max of $35,800 each. Mr. Obama rounds out his San Fran visit with a campaign event at the Nob Hill Masonic Center. There he will where address a crowd of 2500, each paying an average of $100 a ticket. Rocker Chris Cornell, formerly of Soundgarden and Audio Slave, will provide the entertainment.
Finally Friday it’s back to his day job, as the president once again presses his economic message, this time at the Boeing plant outside Seattle. After a quick tour and speech, he will head off to more fundraisers. There’s a luncheon in Medina, Washington for 65 supporters each paying $17,900. And finally, a big reception at the Westin in Bellevue for about 450 people, each paying a minimum of $1000 per ticket. Local indie folk-pop band Head and the Heart will headline the entertainment.
Mr. Obama will return DC for the weekend.