President Barack Obama is in San Francisco and the Bay area for Democratic fund-raising events to benefit the House political operation and the Democratic National Committee. This fund-raising is separate from the fund-raising appeals the Obama team is also making for his new Organizing for America, the group spawned from his campaign to help sell his programs.
One of Obama's Thursday events--both for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee-- was at the home of a billionaire environmentalist, Tom Steyer--who has been an outspoken opponent to the Keystone XL pipeline. Getting U.S. approval of the pipeline for Canadian oil is a priority for the Canadian government.
The report from the San Francisco Chronicle's Carla Marinucci and Drew Joseph: "The visit drew protests from opponents of the Keystone XL oil pipeline and from Republicans, who slammed it as a jaunt to "billionaires' row."
"Obama appeared first at a cocktail reception at the Sea Cliff home of billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer and his wife, Kat Taylor, where about 100 guests paid $5,000 to $34,200 to attend the fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee."
Obama hits Atherton on Thursday for the Democratic National Committee.