Obama coming to Bay Area for Dem fundraisers

President Barack Obama will headline his first Democratic fundraiser for 2014’s midterm election right here in the Bay Area next month.

The April 3 fundraiser in San Francisco will raise money for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. According to an invitation obtained by The Associated Press, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will also attend.

The White House confirmed Thursday that the president will be in Northern California on April 3 and 4 for fundraising events for both the DCCC and the Democratic National Committee.

My esteemed colleagues at the Chronicle reported last week that the president should expect to be met in San Francisco by protestors urging him to nix the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.

The AP reports Democratic officials have said the president plans to headline at least 14 fundraisers this year for the party’s House and Senate candidates. Some of the events will be in Washington, but most will be held around the county.

Congressional Republicans say Obama is more focused on regaining Democratic control of the House in the midterm elections than he is on seeking bipartisan solutions to the nation’s problems. Obama disputed that notion during private meetings with lawmakers this week.

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.

  • Elwood

    Be still, my heart!

  • RR senile columnist

    Other protests are expected by those demanding pensions for ’60s era hippies.

  • Dan

    What the Frack? No public appearances? If 32,000 people all contribute $1, can we share a plate? California has supported Obama in two elections cycles, and yet he only comes here to ask for more money. Another example of how our government officials regardless of party affiliation continue to shun the people and defer preference to moneyed interests. What does it take for the people to get the ear of our President these days?

  • GV Haste

    Meanwhile, over in Oakland, Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison (Minn) was speaking to Oakland “progressives” suggesting that if Cong. Swalwell of the 15th Dist. didn’t get with the progressive agenda, that they would support someone else who would.

    Wouldn’t you love to be the candidate who gets the solid endorsement of the Progressive Action PAC.
    With that prize hanging around your neck, then your opponent can simply appeal to everyone else, from moderate Democrats, to independents, to Republicans…
    Or in other words, the other 80% of voters.

    I’m sure that covetted Progressive Action PAC will impress the folks in all those cities in CD15, who look to Oakland, Berkeley, and Barbara Lee for wisdom and guidance.

  • JohnW


    The “wings” of both major parties are making it impossible to govern. By right-wing and left-wing, I don’t mean traditional conservatives and liberals. I’m talking about the clueless “no new revenue” and “don’t touch Medicare” and compromise is evil crowd.. McConnell can’t negotiate in the Senate for fear of being primaried in 2014. He only has 35% approval in his state and gets re-elected only because the majority of voters disapprove of Dems even more than they disapprove of him. Boehner can’t lead for fear of losing his speakership. Who would want the job if you can’t get anything done? And the Left keeps “warning” Obama on Medicare and Social Security.