Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Michelle Obama Fundraises In Utah, Colorado

Breakfast in Park City, a reception in Aspen...
First Lady Michelle Obama will make a day trip to Park City, Utah, and Aspen, Colorado today for two high-end campaign fund-raisers for President Obama, with donation entry fees ranging between $1,000 to the legal limit of $35,800. The President has cancelled his own fundraising appearances in the near term, thanks to the debt ceiling battle. Vice President Joe Biden subbed in for his boss at a scheduled fundraiser Monday night at Adour restaurant in Washington, DC, as did Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. They spoke to about 25 big-ticket donors. DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FLA) also attended.

Mrs. Obama will attend a breakfast fundraiser in Park City at the private, gated community home of Mark and Nancy Gilbert. The event will be "surprisingly casual," Utah State Democratic Chair Jim Dabakis told reporters. Ticket prices start at $1,000. Bigger donation options include a $10,000 photo opportunity with Mrs. Obama, and a $35,800 donation for an opportunity to sit next to the First Lady for a short exchange and greetings. Between 200 and 300 people are expected.

The Aspen event is a reception at the private home of Jim and Paula Crown. About 100 people are expected to attend, according to Blanca O'Leary, chair of the Pitkin County Democratic Party.

Both events are hosted by Obama bundlers, reports Chicago Sun-Times' Lynn Sweet: Jim Crown was Obama's 2008 Illinois co-finance chairman. Mark Gilbert raises funds for the DNC.

Mrs. Obama has appeared at nine fundraisers since the 2012 campaign kickoff in April.

*Photo by Eddie Gehman Kohan/Obama Foodorama.

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