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WASHINGTON--The Obama re-election team is running a two-day issues conference with the Democratic National Committee aimed at female donors, with the top asks either raising $100,000 or contributing $75,800. Why an issues conference? Fund-raising pros know women like the pitch that they are attending a high minded conference, getting insider briefings doing high end networking--and not just paying to have their pictures taken with big shots for trophy walls.

The DNC has run a high-end women's fund-raising operation for years. This year marks the 18th annual national issues conference and it is being run in partnership with the Women for Obama Finance Committee. The sliding scale of price points offers a variety of perks at every level.

For giving $75,800 or raising $100,000, a donor, according to the campaign, gets "conference admission for five, premium seating, photo opportunity and admission to all special events for Chair, Friday small dinner for Chair and guest, campaign souvenir, special recognition."

President Barack Obama on Friday addresses the conference, which is big--at the convention center here. Obama on Friday night attends a dinner for the top fund-raisers at the home of BET's Debra Lee. On Thursday night, Jill Biden headlined a dinner for the elite givers or bundlers--people who tap into their own networks to get checks for the Dems.

Top females from Congress, the Obama administration and campaign will be at the conference, which started on Thursday. Speakers include White House senior advisor Valerie Jarrett, Obama Campaign manager and deputy Jim Messina and Jen O'Malley Dillon and DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz.



(click below for an agenda)


Below, the perks and the price tags.....


CONFERENCE CHAIR
Raise $100,000 or contribute $75,800
(includes Conference admission for five, premium seating, photo opportunity and admission to all special events for Chair*, Friday small dinner for Chair and guest, campaign souvenir, special recognition)

LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE
Raise $75,000 or contribute $40,000
(includes Conference admission, premium seating, photo opportunity and admission to all special events*, Friday small dinner, campaign souvenir, special recognition)
SPONSOR
Raise $25,000 or contribute $15,000
(includes Conference admission, premium seating, photo opportunity and admission to all special events, campaign souvenir, special recognition)
PREMIUM TICKET
Raise $10,000 or contribute $5,000
(includes Conference admission, premium seating, one special event*, campaign souvenir)
MOTHER/DAUGHTER TICKET
$1,500
(includes General Admission for two)
GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET
$1,000
(includes two day conference participation, select meals, campaign souvenir)
GEN44 (UNDER 35)/SENIOR (OVER 65)
$250 (limited availability)
(includes two day conference participation, select meals, campaign souvenir)
*information on additional special events forthcoming

below, from the Obama campaign....

18th Annual National Issues Conference
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Washington, DC
April 27th & 28th, 2012
TENTATIVE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (as of 4/22/12; more details forthcoming and subject to change)
Thursday, April 26th
Evening Welcome Reception for Leadership Committee with special guest Dr. Jill Biden
(at the home of Carol Pensky; address available upon RSVP)
(open to Conference Chairs, Leadership Committee and Sponsors)

Friday, April 27th
8:00 AM Women's Power Breakfast (Embassy Suites DC Convention Center)
featuring DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz & Stephanie Schriock
with special guests: Rep. Allyson Schwartz, Rep. Barbara Lee, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Rep Chellie Pingree,
Rep. Corrine Brown, Rep. Diana DeGette, Rep. Donna Christensen, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, Rep.
Frederica Wilson, Rep. Grace Napolitano, Rep. Gwen Moore, Rep. Janice Schakowsky, Rep. Lois Capps, Rep.
Loretta Sanchez, Rep. Niki Tsongas, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Rep. Barbara Lee, Rep. Rosa DeLauro, Rep.
Maxine Waters, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Rep. Judy Chu, Rep. Nita Lowey, Rep. Jackie Speier
(open to Conference Chairs, Leadership Committee, Sponsors and Premium ticket holders)

10:00 AM Registration & Doors Open (Walter E. Washington Convention Center)
11:30 AM Conference Program Begins
Remarks by Governor Jennifer Granholm
Remarks by DNC Chair, Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz

Remarks by Nancy Keenan
I Am Not a Preexisting Condition: Women's Health and What's at Stake

Featured Panelists: Jessica Arons, Mila Kofman, Buffy Wicks

Remarks by Valerie Jarrett

Paid for by Obama Victory Fund 2012, a joint fundraising committee authorized by Obama for America, the
Democratic National Committee, and the State Democratic Parties in the following states: CO, FL, IA, NV,
NH, NC, OH, PA, VA, and WI.
Building Our Economy and Securing Our Future:
The Route Back to Economic Security & Strengthening the Middle Class
Featured Panelists: Lilly Ledbetter, Neera Tanden, Irene Natividad, Allyson Laackman
Remarks by Tina Tchen
Remarks by the Honorable Kathleen Sebelius
Fulfilling the American Dream in the 21st Century: Out Educate to Out Compete
Featured Panelists: Gov. Madeleine Kunin, Aneesh Chopra, Cindy Brown, Katherine Archuleta
Remarks by Cecile Richards
Remarks by Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski

Remarks by President Barack Obama
6:00 PM Friday Conference Program Ends
Evening Private Leadership Committee Dinner with President Barack Obama
(at the home of Debra Lee, Address Available Upon RSVP)
(open to Conference Chairs and Leadership Committee)
Saturday, April 28th
8:30 AM Breakout
9:00 AM Opening Keynote Address
9:30 AM Presentation & Discussion: Campaign Update

Obama for American Campaign Manager Jim Messina, & Deputy Campaign Manager Jen O'Malley Dillon
10:30 AM Live The Campaign Breakouts (select two)
Tweet by Tweet, Post by Post: How Social Media Will Help Us Win
In this training, you'll learn how the Obama campaign is using social media to engage voters and
how you can leverage your networks to help us win. If you have a Twitter account but aren't
sure what to tweet, or would like to mobilize your friends and family through Facebook but
aren't sure how, this training's for you.
Organizing is Relationship-Building: A Neighborhood Team Strategy
Our Neighborhood Teams will be the reason we win on November 6th, 2012. We organize in
teams because it increases production, retention, and engagement. Even more importantly, this
model is the best way to recruit, prepare, connect, and develop the local volunteer leaders who

Paid for by Obama Victory Fund 2012, a joint fundraising committee authorized by Obama for America, the
Democratic National Committee, and the State Democratic Parties in the following states: CO, FL, IA, NV,
NH, NC, OH, PA, VA, and WI.
will help us turnout voters in November and change their communities. Come learn how and
why it works and what we are doing in YOUR community.
Story of Self: Connecting You and the Campaign
A critical part of leading is being able to articulate for others who you are, where you come from,
and what challenges have shaped the life choices that led to your involvement and passion
towards the President and Democratic issues. This session will give you the practical steps
needed to convey your story and how to use it effectively when asking others to get involved and
take action.
Know an Undecided Voter? Turn Them Around with Persuasion
Neighbors talking to neighbors are the best way to persuade a voter. Our job is to provide you
with the tools you need to engage in persuasive conversations. This training will focus on
teaching you a framework for having these type of conversations and give you the confidence to
really make a difference in this campaign.
1:00 PM Conference Concludes

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