President Obama to raise funds in SF on Feb. 16

President Barack Obama will be in San Francisco to raise campaign funds on Thursday, Feb. 16.

Chris Cornell in LA last monthThere’ll be a reception at a location yet to be named (when he did something like this last April, it was at the Masonic Auditorium on Nob Hill), featuring a performance by Grammy-winning performer Chris Cornell of Soundgarden and Audioslave fame. Tickets will cost $100 for general seating; $1,000 for preferred seating; and $7,500, which includes preferred seating and an individual photo with President Obama (but you can have additional people in your photo at a cost of $2,500 per head).

There also will be a much smaller, 60-person dinner (like the one he did last April at salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff’s house) at the San Francisco home of novelist Robert Mailer Anderson and his wife, Nicola Miner, at $35,800 per person. The president will make remarks and take questions at this event, for which the food will be prepared by Michael Tusk, chef and owner of Quince and Cotogna. The dinner will include a musical performance too, but the artist hasn’t been named yet.

As I’d reported when Vice President Joe Biden was coming to town this month, donors can choose to buy a $10,000 package that will include admission and a photo at the President’s bigger event on Feb. 16; admission and a photo at First Lady Michelle Obama’s not-yet-scheduled March event; and entry into other events between now and November. (It’s only $7,500 if you forego the photo with the president.)

As usual, the first $5,000 of a contribution will go the president’s reelection campaign, with half earmarked for the primary election and half for the general. The rest – up to $30,800 – will go to the Democratic National Committee, although the donor can designate that money for a specific recipient somewhere.

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.