VP Joe Biden in San Francisco next week

Vice President Joe Biden will be in San Francisco next Wednesday for a fundraising luncheon, the first of three events which eventually will bring the First Lady and President Obama to town later this quarter.

The Jan. 18 luncheon at the Bently Reserve on Battery Street will cost $2,500 per person, or $5,000 for admission to both the luncheon and a photo reception; $7,500 gets a couple into both events, while $10,000 gets all that plus a pre-reception clutch with Biden.

Or, donors can pony up $10,000 now for a package that gets them not only this luncheon but also one with First Lady Michelle Obama in March and a third event with President Obama sometime within the first quarter as well.

As usual, the first $5,000 from each donor goes to the Obama Victory Fund 2012 – $2,500 each for the primary and general elections – and anything above that goes to the Democratic National Committee.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Rick K.

    Isn’t it sad that the President, VP and First Lady come to the Bay Area merely to vacuum up money from the “1%” and don’t even bother to mingle with the 99%? Can’t they at least stop their “royal” motorcades to meet real people? Jet in, vacuum up the loot and jet out.

  • RR, Senile Columnist

    The 99% smell bad. Didn’t John Edwards say that?

  • John W

    I gave the max to the Obama primary and general election campaigns in 2008. However, in light of the economy, I have to downsize to the special $10 package, which gets you a photo standing next to a cardboard cutout of the family dog, Bo.

  • Elwood

    I like Bo.

    Which is more than I can say for the O’bummers.

  • John W

    Breaking news! Elwood doesn’t heart Obama. What a stunning surprise!

  • Curtis

    With prices ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 PER PERSON who else BUT the 1% can attend? It just goes to show how TRULY out of touch ALL politicians are with the American people. It truly is a sad time.

  • For Liberty


    Consider something different. One who is guided by principles and who has always been consistent:


  • Elwood

    If Ron Paul is the answer, what the hell was the question?

  • John W

    Ron Paul won the tax-cutting competition on Monday night’s debate. When all five of the remaining candidates were asked what the top income tax rate should be, Rick Perry said 20% flat tax, others said some variation on 25 or 28%, and Ron Paul said zero. These are the same guys saying we need a balanced budget amendment and, except for Ron Paul, a bigger military budget. I’d love to see their math doodles on this.