WASHINGTON--As I reported on Sunday, President Obama is coming to Chicago on Aug. 5 for Democratic fund-raisers; Obama is now set for three fund-raising events. The White House on Friday also said Obama will visit the Chicago Ford plant. That "official" business will mean the government will foot a part of the bill for the visit and decrease the proportional share the Democratic National Committee and the Giannoulias campaign will have to pay. First Lady Michelle Obama will not be coming home with the president.
Obama's Democratic Chicago fund-raising events:
1. A funder for Alexi Giannoulias at the Palmer House. Ticket price per person is $1,000.00 for the general reception and $2,400.00 for the general reception and "preferential seating."
2. A major donor $30,400 per person dinner for 50 at the home of Neil Bluhm to benefit the Democratic National Committee. If a couple wants to attend each has to pay for a individual ticket--making it a $60,800 night. Federal election donation records are kept on individuals, not couples.
3. A small donor $250 reception at Chicago's Cultural Center for the DNC.
The White House, in announcing the Aug. 5 Obama visit, omits any mention of the presidential fund-raising, which is the main reason he is coming back home. Here's what the White House said: "On Thursday, August 5, President Obama will visit the Chicago Ford plant. He'll tour the plant and speak with workers. The plant has announced plans to add 1,200 new jobs thanks in part to DOE loan guarantees to invest in clean energy upgrades."