WASHINGTON--Back from a long Presidents Day weekend in Aspen, First Lady Michelle Obama is headlining a major donor fund-raiser lunch here Tuesday before hosting a Blues evening at the White House.
Mrs. Obama is heading to Cincinnati and Louisville on Thursday for more fund-raising in critical battleground turf. On Wednesday, Mrs. Obama will be on a conference call for "Women for Obama," where she will speak to some 1,000 house parties across the nation.
The Tuesday high dollar fund-raiser--which was not on Mrs. Obama's original schedule-- is for an Obama "Women and Technology" event, an Obama 2012 spokesman said. The lunch is at the Mayflower Hotel with the tab ranging from $5,000 to $20,300 for those who want seating or picture perks. The base price is $1,000. Mrs. Obama's last fund-raising swing--which was put on her schedule--was at the end of January in California.
The White House sent out notice of the fund-raiser after this column was posted--a few minutes before Mrs. Obama's comments to the donors.
Some 360 guests are expected to attend this event Special guests include Kathleen Kennedy, former White House Domestic Policy Chief Melody Barnes, and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)
The hosts include Carol and Tom Wheeler and Kathy Brown. According to bios on C-SPAN.org, Carol Wheeler was the 2008 the Obama campaign's outreach coordinator to the Irish-American community. Tom Wheeler, who ran the cable industry trade association was a member of the Obama-Biden Transition Project's Agency Review Working Group responsible for the science, technology, space and arts agencies.
Brown is a Verizon Senior Vice President for Public Policy Development and Corporate Responsibility.
Proceeds from the event go to the Obama Victory Fund, a joint fundraising committee authorized by Obama for America 2012 campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
Here is the tiered package:
x $5,000.00 Event Host Includes Photo Reception and Priority Seating at the Luncheon for one
x $20,000.00 Event Chair Includes Event Chair Greet, Photo Reception and Premium Seating for two at the Luncheon
x $20,100.00 Event Chair + 1 Includes Event Chair Greet, Photo Reception and Premium Seating for two at the Luncheon + one Additional Luncheon Seat
x $20,200.00 Event Chair + 2 Includes Event Chair Greet, Photo Reception and Premium Seating for two at the Luncheon + two Additional Luncheon Seats
x $20,300.00 Event Chair + 3 Includes Event Chair Greet, Photo Reception and Premium Seating for two at the Luncheon + three Additional Luncheon Seats
on Carol and Tom Wheeler
January 18, 2009
Carol and Tom Wheeler
Barack Obama for President Campaign Workers
Carol and Tom Wheeler BIO:
Carol Wheeler is the Obama campaign's outreach coordinator to the Irish-American community. A key figure in Irish-American circles for many years, Mrs. Wheeler is a leading supporter of Project Children and the Washington Ireland Program for Service and Leadership, which help children and young adults from both parts of Ireland to visit and study in the United States. She also worked in the Carter Administration and at the Housing and Urban Development Department under Donna Shalala.
Tom Wheeler is a member of the Obama-Biden Transition Project's Agency Review Working Group responsible for the science, technology, space and arts agencies. He has taken a leave of absence from Core Capital Partners, a venture capital firm working with early stage technology companies, where he is a Managing Director. For three decades, Mr. Wheeler has worked at the forefront of technology, both as an entrepreneur and as a policy specialist. He has been the CEO of the National Cable Television Association and the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association, as well as the founder or co-founder of multiple new technology companies. Mr. Wheeler is the author of two books: Mr. Lincoln's T-Mails and Leadership Lessons from the Civil War.