The Washington Post

Obama heads to West Coast for jobs push, campaign fundraising blitz

President Obama embarks on a three-day, three-state West Coast swing Sunday to sell his American Jobs Act — but also to raise some campaign cash.

Obama will headline seven fundraising events in four cities over the first two days of his trip, as he attempts to make up for several events he canceled during the time-consuming debt-ceiling negotiations this summer.

The president is scheduled to appear at Democratic National Committee fundraising events in Seattle, San Diego, Los Angeles and San Jose, Calif. The blitz comes as the Obama campaign shoots for a strong closeout the third quarter fundraising period that ends this month.

Obama campaign manager Jim Messina told top donors two weeks ago that the campaign is hoping to raise a combined $55 million for the quarter, the Associated Press reported. That money would be divided between Obama 2012 and the Democratic National Committee.

Obama raised a record-breaking $86 million in the second quarter, which ended in June, but he canceled several fundraisers in July and August as the fractious debt negotiations kept him in Washington.

While on the West Coast tour, the president will continue to push his $447 billion jobs package, with a town hall-style event Monday in Mountain View, Calif., in conjunction with LinkedIn, the social network for business professionals. The event, titled “Putting America Back to Work,” will feature questions from LinkedIn users and audience members.

On Tuesday, Obama will travel to Denver to visit a high school to highlight a provision in the jobs package that would allocate $25 billion to renovate an estimated 35,000 school buildings across the country.

But it is fundraising that will dominate the trip.

The first stop Sunday for Obama will be in Seattle, where he will visit the home of Microsoft executive Jon Shirley, who will play host to 100 people who have each paid the maximum $35,800, according to the Seattle Times.

Obama will attend a second Seattle event at the Paramount Theater, where a crowd of 400 donors will be treated to lunch and a concert by the Robert Cray Band.

Then it’s off to San Jose, Calif., for two more fundraisers Sunday evening at the homes of Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and former Symantec Chief Executive John Thompson, the San Jose Business Journal reported. The Sandberg dinner will cost $35,800 and the Thompson reception costs $2,500 and up.

On Monday, Obama will attend a fundraiser in San Diego and two in Los Angeles, including one at the House of Blues, headlined by rapper and singer-songwriter B.o.B., Adam 12 and the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Jesse Tyler Ferguson of ABC’s “Modern Family” will act as the master of ceremonies.

David Nakamura covers the White House. He has previously covered sports, education and city government and reported from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Japan.


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