President Obama will hit the campaign trail hard Wednesday, collecting cash in two California cities with big A list stars including Ellen DeGeneres. His two day swing includes a large gala of the LGBT Leadership Council, an organization he started in 2007 for the gay community to organize and fundraise on a larger scale.
Mr. Obama will start his two day trip in San Francisco with a high dollar fundraiser at The Landmark, an office complex in the Financial District overlooking the San Francisco Bay, where a campaign official says 25 people will pay $35,800 per person to hear the president speak. Following his remarks at The Landmark, Obama will attend a luncheon fundraiser at the Julia Morgan Ballroom, also in San Francisco. The campaign expects 250 people will attend, with general admission costing $5,000 a head.
The president will then fly south to Los Angeles where he holds another two campaign events. Obama will deliver remarks at the LGBT Leadership Council Gala at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel Wednesday night. Six hundred people are expected to attend, including Ellen DeGeneres and "Glee" star Darren Criss who agreed to perform after pop star Pink fell sick last week. The tickets for the gala start at $1,250 per person.
The president will hold a final fundraiser Wednesday night at a private home according to a campaign official. The fourth event Wednesday will be attended by 70 people at $25,000 per plate.
The LGBT event comes after president Obama changed his stance on gay marriage last month, completing what the president called his own evolution on the issue. "I've just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married," Obama told ABC's Robin Roberts in an interview May 9th.
The gay community rallied for the President after his announcement, with "Glee" star Jane Lynch narrating a campaign video praising the president's commitment to the LGBT community. Other stars gay and straight, took to twitter to praise and thank the president for his support. Ricky Martin hosted New York City fundraiser for the president just days later saying, "That is the kind of courage we expect from our president and that is why we support him. He knows we're in this together and that together we're stronger than divided. We elected the right president at the right time."
Obama has long since had the support of Hollywood, and Wednesday's event should bring out the A list of stars. This will be his fourth trip to California this year, a big fundraising state for Mr. Obama. George Clooney held one of the Obama campaign's largest fundraisers at his California home in May, attended by many celebrities including Barbra Streisand, Tobey Maguire, Robert Downey, Jr. and Billy Crystal.
Back on the east coast, the president's celebrity friends and donors are also working for his re-election, with Sarah Jessica Parker and Anna Wintour hosting a New York City fundraiser later this month.
President Obama will spend Wednesday evening in Los Angeles, then attend a fundraising breakfast Thursday morning with 300 people in View Park, California, according to a campaign official. The event will be at a private home and tickets start at $2,500 per person.
Proceeds from the president's events Wednesday and Thursday will go to the Obama Victory Fund, a joint fundraising committee of Obama for America, the Democratic National Committee and several state Democratic parties.