San Francisco opens wallet to President Obama
April 20th, 2011
12:11 PM ET
3 years ago

San Francisco opens wallet to President Obama

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San Francisco (CNN) – We all know that San Francisco's an overwhelmingly Democratic leaning city. And if you are a Democratic president running for re-election, the city's also a pretty good place to fund raise, and that's just what President Barack Obama's doing Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

The president headlines two fundraisers Wednesday night. The first is a small dinner at a private residence and the second is being held at the Nob Hill Masonic Center. National Football League hall of famer Jerry Rice, a former wide receiver with the San Francisco 49ers, is scheduled to speak at the second event, which is expected to have approximately 2,500 people in attendance.

Thursday morning Obama headlines a breakfast at the St. Regis hotel. A source with knowledge of the events says the gatherings will "include a broad range of the President's supporters with tickets starting at $25 and ranging to the legal maximum limit of $35,800."

All money raised is expected to go to the Obama Victory Fund, which is split between the president's re-election campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

In the 2008 election cycle San Francisco was the source of $46.4 million in federal contributions, with 82 percent going to Democratic candidates, party committees and Democratic leaning organizations, according to FEC data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.

The president heads to San Francisco after holding a town hall earlier in the day at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, California. The president is highlighting his proposals to reduce the nation's deficit at a trio of town halls this week. The first was held Tuesday in northern Virginia, with the final town hall scheduled for Reno, Nevada Thursday.

The president also headlines two fundraisers in Los Angeles on Thursday. The first is a 60-person dinner at the Sony Pictures lot, with the second at a restaurant in Brentwood. In the 2008 cycle, Los Angeles County was the source of $150.4 million in political contributions.

The president announced on April 4 that he was setting up his re-election campaign. Last week he personally kicked off his fundraising drive by headlining three events in his hometown of Chicago. Next week Obama's first round of fundraising ends with a gathering in New York City. Obama shattered all records by raising nearly $750 million in his bid for the White House in 2008.

Besides being a smart place for Democratic candidates to raise money, the Golden state's also generally a safe spot for Democrats in presidential contests. Obama topped fellow Sen. John McCain by a 61 to 37 percent margin to win California's 55 electoral votes in the 2008 election. George H.W. Bush's 1988 victory in the state was the last time a Republican presidential candidate carried California.

–CNN National Political Correspondent Jessica Yellin contributed to this story


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soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. gt

    now this is obama home base......far left radical wing nuts....he right at home here....

    April 20, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  2. SF Resident

    Welcome Mr. President. We look forward to re-electing you in 2012 and will do everything we can.

    April 20, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  3. WKNDTHG

    Bet we don't have to stay up too long this time to find out who won the election...

    April 20, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  4. S. In California - Obama 2012

    I only wish I could attend Mr. President. I work in SF and I know we LOVE you here.

    April 20, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  5. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    It appears that with the country nearing its debt limit and the country near broke, the only financial issue Obama is truly concerned with is his re-election war chest. Now that is leadership we can live without! 2012 can't come soon enough.

    April 20, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  6. MJ

    May be he just does not get it. Does he plan on "campaigning" until the next election or is he going to listen and respond to America. We have major problems – Gas, Economy, Jobs, Debt to name a few. Running his mouth about how the "Rich" need to keep on giving to support those on Medicaid, Free Housing, Food Stamps, Unemployment, and UN-Planned Parenthood. Our Tax Dollars are paying for his campaign under the guise of his "have no real plan, but you want it!"

    April 20, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  7. Four and The Door

    It's good Obama still has a couple cities like Chicago and San Francisco that like him. But by my calculations, this would give him enough votes to be elected Mayor, not President.

    April 20, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  8. ben

    California is alot different than the "South" People in the west are years ahead in education,rational thinking,college educated,literate people. I would say by,40 to 50 years behind the times spells out the South? Everything Biblical down there!!! Makes no sense?

    April 20, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  9. Lily

    Just one long campaign–this is what Obama is doing while the country falls apart–the young men he has sent into harms way give their lives, people lose their homes and jobs, and we are close to economic meltdown–the gulf is still filled with oil–What important work is Obama doing-he's having a circle jerk with the founder of facebook, for campaign cash.

    April 20, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  10. ConservaFascists/FUBAR

    San Francisco!! Pelosi country. The prez should bring in some big bucks out there, especially with the repeal of DADT.

    April 20, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  11. Marko

    Money, Money, Money for your souls. Until the money part of elections is worked out of it, no matter what side a candidate is from, they will be the puppets for "The Greedy 400".

    April 20, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  12. peace

    prez I just put my check in the mail yesterday. obama 2012

    April 20, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  13. Name Creole

    I got your Mr.President my money is on the way. The USA can not make it with these right wing nutt's that's trying to get into office like trump and Palin Lord help us if they do

    April 20, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  14. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    Why aren't all these rich liberals giving their money to save their bankrupt state instead of funding a socialist that wants to bankrupt the entire country???

    April 20, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  15. Mike

    Obama's base are in places like San Fransisco, CA and Austin, TX, which by the way are awesome places to live with lots of friendly people and lots of diversity.

    The GOP base, on the other hand, are founds in the backwoods of Mississippi and Alabama, where they burn crosses, and look at anybody nonwhite, nonsouthern, and non christian with suspicion.

    April 20, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  16. Mike

    To the dumb poster attacking Obama for campaigning. Did you attack Bush Jr for campaigning while we were fighting in the Iraq and Afghanistan. My guess is no.

    You don't hate Obama because he's campaigning. You hate him because he's a Democrat who support Democratic issues. Why do you and other dittohead conservatives have to invent other silly reasons for hating him?

    You criticize him for every little thing when you know full well that if a Republican had done it, you would not have said a thing.

    April 20, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  17. Vic of New York

    Hey "gt" – better the left-wing nuts that those Totalitarian, Zombie, Racist, Intollerant, Zenophobic, Jingoist RIGHT WING FREAKAZOID NUTS !! ;-)

    April 20, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  18. Ryche

    Exactly GT... He probably feels right at home with all the immoral, left wing, homosexual, radical, unamerican, mooching crowd... He fits right in

    April 20, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  19. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Texas is waiting to contribute to President Obama and Republicans are running scared and they should be. Texas Governor Rick Perry ran on a campaigned promise that he refused to accept stimulous funding but now he has, after the censor the Latino population has risen so much that Democrats will have 4 more congressional seats. We are fired up and ready.

    April 20, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  20. Dave, Central Illinois

    From Ben: "California is alot different than the "South" People in the west are years ahead in education,rational thinking,college educated,literate people. I would say by,40 to 50 years behind the times spells out the South? Everything Biblical down there!!! Makes no sense?"

    Young man, you have a lot to learn. Californication is a disease. College-educated hippies are not worth the ink on their diplomas. I'll take a common-sense Southerner anytime....

    April 20, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  21. Tc

    $35,200 for a dinner ticket? Does anyone have a good reference for the FEC election campaign limits.

    April 20, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  22. bill

    Glad to see uhbama is hard at work.

    April 20, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  23. the real ib

    I'm glad all the people in AF love Obama; I just wish they could keep him out there as mayor or something and get him out of the WH. Oh' I'm sorry I forgot he never stays there he's to busy out campaigning on our tax dollars instead of staying at the WH and working on this out of controll spending and stupid prices that we are paying for gas. I know the high prices for gas are a part of his green agenda. Sock it to the middle class while he is out flying around in AF1 and we are paying for it; you're doing a heck of job socking it to us Obama. Great Work

    April 20, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  24. Kenny

    Remember that since Republicans are expecting a lot of voter fraud we must vote early and often so as to have it done and over with before they get to the polls. I have my 20 ID's ready and I'm told the President has 25 different ones incase anyone needs additional ID's for voting. Now I hope Republicans spend their entire day running around trying to find something that does not exist except in their feeble minds. I would consider it to be Poetic Justice.

    April 20, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  25. ingrid

    The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE – The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    I am tired of your rants. I like Obama and I will support him. If you had a real candidate that can offer real solutions that will not end up with bread lines and serfs, I would like to hear who that candidate would be? We had a Republican in office for 8 years and it led to us being in two unpaid for wars, lies and our economy almost falling off a cliff. All you do is complain. I bet you have not even looked at all that Obama has accomplished. Look it up. It is impressive.

    April 20, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
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