Though some District leaders, voting rights activists and supporters of President Obama lamented his sacrifice of the city in federal budget negotiations last month, two back-to-back fundraisers are planned for May 16.
It appears the president will take a short trip from the White House to 16th Street, first for a 5 p.m. reception and dinner at Adour restaurant at the St. Regis Hotel and then for a reception at the Capitol Hilton.
E-mails went out to supporters. The first event lists the contact person as Sharon R. Robinson, who owns a government relations firm and prominently displays a photo of her and Obama on her company’s Web site. According to an e-mail invitation to the event, contributors are being asked for $35,800 to reserve a seat at the dinner; $10,000 to reserve a place in the photo reception line; and $1,000 to $2,500 to get into the reception.
The second event is being promoted by Kamal Ben Ali of Ben’s Chili Bowl fame at the same prices for a photo and reception. But no dinner and as far as D.C. Wire knows, no half smokes.
At the famous U Street eatery, only the Obamas and Bill Cosby can eat for free.
Robinson and Ali could not be immediately reached for comment.
The fundraisers follow disappointment by some Obama supporters, voting rights activists and local political leadership over the president’s agreement with Republicans in Congress to eliminate the city’s ability to control funding for abortions for low-income women and school vouchers.