Obama To Appear at Two Fundraising Events in Seattle on Thursday

May 8, 2012

President Barack Obama is due back in Seattle on Thursday for two fundraising events to benefit his re-election campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

The first is a brunch for big donors and the second is a reception at the Paramount Theatre.

A campaign official says Obama’s first stop will be brunch at an unnamed private residence. About 70 supporters are expected to attend. Tickets cost almost $18,000 per person.

Later, Obama is scheduled to attend what the campaign is calling a “fundraising reception.” It’s at the Paramount Theatre in downtown Seattle. Dave Matthews is the featured performer. The campaign expects close to 2,000 people, and they say the event is close to sold out. Tickets start at $1,000 each.

So far during this election cycle, Obama has raised close to $3.5 million from donors in Washington State. That’s according to the Federal Election Commission. The biggest chunk of that came from residents in and around Seattle. Mitt Romney has raised just over $1.1 million, and the biggest chunk of that came from donors on the east side of Lake Washington.

This will be Obama’s third campaign stop in Seattle. The campaign says he’ll continue his fundraising swing through Los Angeles Thursday night with a dinner at actor George Clooney’s home. Tickets cost $40,000 a piece.

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