September 24th, 2011
06:07 PM ET
Seven fundraisers, a visit to three politically important west coast states and a possible meeting between rock superstar Lady Gaga and the leader of the free world. Cost: Priceless? Perhaps, but for President Obama’s west coast swing beginning Sunday, he’ll raise an astonishing $8 million dollars – minimum – for his re-election war chest.
Against the backdrop of falling approval numbers and another looming government shutdown, the president heads out of Washington, DC, to raise some serious money for his campaign and continue the drumbeat for Congress to approve his jobs bill.
A democratic campaign official shared some details with CNN about the president’s trip. The first stop to another Washington- Washington state that is. His whirlwind money-making tour begins with a bang at the suburban Seattle home of former Microsoft chief operating officer Jon Shirley. It’s brunch for 100 people. The price tag: $35,800 per couple, translating into a cool $1,750,000.
From Seattle, the president heads to California for some serious fundraising. First stop – Silicon Valley. A reception at the home of Symantec chairman John Thompson at the price of $2500 a person for the 300 lucky attendees totaling about $750,000.
But the main event is a Facebook dinner. Cheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer, is hosting an intimate dinner for approximately 70 guests at her Atherton, CA home. The cost of admission– $35,800 a person. The take here –$2,506,000. A good haul for day one.
Taking a break from fundraising, on Monday the president returns to his day job and holds a social media town hall focused on jobs. He will partner with social media network giant LinkedIn to answer questions on his jobs bill and hear directly from people looking for work or trying to move up the career ladder.
San Diego is the next stop for a light lunch and some heavy duty fundraising. La Jolla and the home of wealthy businessman Mason Phelps and his wife Elizabeth are the venue. One hundred fifty are expected to attend, each paying $5000. The bottom line–$750,000 for lunch.
Monday ends with a fundraising trip to Los Angeles. The first event is at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, emceed by Jesse Tyler Ferguson from the popular show Modern Family. For the price of a $250 ticket, one thousand people will watch performances by B.O.B and Weho Gay Men’s Chorus. Simultaneously the president will raise a minimum of $250,000.
But it’s the dinner at ultra chic Fig and Olive in LA that will top off the California coffers. One hundred twenty people will cough up $17,900 a piece for this face to face with the president. That’s a cool $2 million and change.
It’s also here in LA where the president may meet or at least cross paths with rock superstar Lady Gaga. Gaga this week tweeted to her millions of followers that she plans to meet with President Obama to discuss "how to stop bullying" after a 14 year old fan took his own life. The White House has not answered our inquiries about Gaga.
Mr. Obama ends his whirlwind west coast tour in the all important 2012 swing state of Colorado. From the backdrop of Denver’s Abraham Lincoln High School, President Obama will once again call on Congress to pass his American Jobs Act.
So that’s how President Obama plans to raise a minimum of $8 million. Not bad for 3 days’ work