Michelle Obama will headline three Democratic fundraisers in San Francisco and Los Angeles on Jan. 29-31, according to documents and Democratic officials who asked not to be identified.
A White House official confirmed the trip but did not elaborate further.
While President Obama has repeatedly traveled to help fill the Democratic Party's coffers since winning reelection (he conducted a three-day fundraising swing on the West Coast in late November) the first lady hits the campaign trail far less often. In June, she threatened to walk out of a fundraiser in a private Washington, D.C., home after being heckled by a gay rights activist.
On Jan. 31, Michelle Obama will be the "special guest" at a women's lunch in San Francisco's Fairmont Hotel, according to the invitation obtained by The Washington Post, where she will join House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in supporting the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. The VIP reception and lunch -- rescheduled from October, when the government shutdown effectively froze all fundraising activity -- represents the first event she has done this election cycle for the DCCC.
Chairing the women's lunch costs $32,400 per couple, according to the invite, a price that includes a table of 10 at the event along with two tickets to the VIP reception and a photo with the first lady. Attendees will have to get up early if they want to gain entry, however: The invitation requests that donors arrive at 9 a.m..
The first lady will also attend events for the Democratic National Committee on Jan. 29 in Los Angeles and Jan. 30 in San Francisco.