Michelle Obama to raise money in SF March 30

First Lady Michelle Obama will do a fundraiser for her husband’s campaign on Friday, March 30 at the California Academy of Science in San Francisco.

The 4:30 p.m. event will mark the launch of a “Families for Obama” initiative. Ticket prices start at $1,000 for an individual or $5,000 to have your picture taken with the First Lady (and you can include up to three friends in that photo for $2,000 each). A “co-host family” paying $35,800 will take part in a private reception with the First Lady that day and will receive a family photo (up to six people) with Mrs. Obama plus a commemorative invitation with their names listed. These co-host Families also will have a family photo taken with President Obama when he visits the Bay Area next.

The first $5,000 of a person’s contribution goes to Obama for America, half for the primary and half for the general election; the rest, up to $30,800, goes to the Democratic National Committee.

Sooner yet, Obama supporters will gather Wednesday, March 21, in San Francisco to discuss new strategies and events for the “Obama Victory Trustees,” a newly formed national group of “bundlers” focused on soliciting mid-level contributions. Announced last month, the trustees’ category was created for people who want to raise money for the president but can’t hit the $500,000 mark required for National Finance Committee members; bundling $100,000 makes you a victory trustee, privy to briefings with campaign officials.

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.