President Barack Obama will attend three fundraisers in Silicon Valley on Wednesday, May 23.
First up will be a campaign roundtable to support the Asian American/Pacific Islander community at 4:30 p.m. that day in Palo Alto’s Garden Court Hotel; tickets for that cost $35,800 per person.
Second will be a 5:30 p.m. dinner at the Atherton home of Lisa and Doug Goldman, also at $35,800 per person. Doug Goldman – a retired emergency physician, software company founder/chairman, and prominent philanthropist – is the son of Levi Strauss heirs Richard and Rhoda Goldman, but I doubt that guests at this dinner will be wearing jeans…
And third will be a 6 p.m. rally-type reception at Redwood City’s Fox Theater. Tickets for that event cost $250 for general admission; $1,000 for premium seating; or $7,500 for a seat plus a photo reception, with up to two additional guests in your photo at $2,500 each.
The first $5,000 of a contribution will go to the president’s re-election campaign, half each for the primary and general elections. The next $30,800 will go to the Democratic National Committee. And any additional amounts will be divided among battleground states’ Democratic party committees as follows, up to $10,000 per committee: 17 percent to Florida, 16 percent to Ohio, 13 percent to Pennsylvania, 11 percent to Colorado, 11 percent to North Carolina, 11 percent to Virginia, 6 percent to Nevada, 6 percent to Wisconsin, 5 percent to Iowa, and 4 percent to New Hampshire. Or, a contributor can earmark his or her contribution to a particular destination.