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Michelle Strikes Gold in Utah

Yes, there are Democrats in Utah, and Michelle Obama has found them and worked her way into their wallets.

The first lady appeared at a fundraiser in Park City before about 250 donors. Some excerpts from the pool report.

But she said that hearing stories on the campaign trail, the people she met reminded her of her own parents and her husband’s parents, who worked hard to get ahead and provide for their children.

“In so many ways, their stories were my stories,” she said. “They were Barack’s family values.”

She thanked the audience for their support and recounted highlights of the Obama administration because “It’s easy to forget what we’ve done along the way,” she said.

Children don’t have what they need to succeed and too many people are struggling to pay the bills, and, she said, her husband tells her that “Michelle, it’s not right. We have to do more and we have to fix this.”

And then it was on to Aspen Colorado, where she hit up the sky crowd, at least the ones who hang out there all year.

Michelle Obama went barefoot in the cool Colorado grass Tuesday and hobnobbed with well-heeled supporters in Aspen, Colo. to enlist help for her husband’s 2012 reelection effort. Obama told about 150 supporters that President Obama needs their help for the tough road ahead, but she avoided discussing his most pressing challenge with the national debt ceiling crisis.

The supporters paid $1,000 or more for a luncheon at the home of Jim and Paula Crown, members of the Lester Crown family of Chicago and owners of the Aspen Skiing Co. Donors who paid $10,000 per couple attended an exclusive lunch at the residence and got their pictures taken with the first lady.

Obama thanked the Crowns for hosting the event. She said they are more than supporters of the President and first lady. They are friends of “Barack and Michelle,” she said.

Awww, special friends – those who can also get some cash together for you.

Michelle Obama to Hold Four Calif. Fundraisers

It’s a common and questionable practice pursued by recent presidents, Republican and Democratic: Fly somewhere to raise money, throw in an official event, and have the taxpayers pick up the dime for some of the travel since a portion of the work is government business.

Now, it appears, the first lady is and will be and active participant in this seedy practice, at an extra cost to taxpayers.

Mrs. Obama will be in California today and tomorrow, visiting Los Angeles, Pasadena, Oakland and San Francisco. She will hold two official “first lady” events and be the star attraction at FOUR fundraisers.

Whether she would have attended the official events if she wasn’t going to troll for money is anyone’s guess. But what seems likely is the cost of flying Michelle out to the West Coast so she can soak the legions of wealthy Californian Democrats for cash is being mitigated by having the official appearances on the schedule.

The first lady’s office did not respond to a request for information about whether and how much of the trip will be paid for by the government. But with official events scheduled, it’s very safe to assume that a chunk – perhaps most –  of the first lady’s travel aboard a specially equipped air force plane along with her security detail and entourage will be paid for by taxpayers.

Mrs. Obama today will hold a fundraising luncheon in Pasadena and a dinner in Los Angeles. Tomorrow, cash will pass hands at a breakfast in Oakland and a lunch in San Francisco.

TV crews will be BARRED from the fundraising events, which will instead be covered by a limited “pool” of print reporters.

TV crews will be permitted, however, into Mrs. Obama’s first official event today at 10:00 am PDT, an appearance with Hollywood types to promote her “Joining Forces” initiative to support military families. At 3:00 pm, she will tape an appearance on the iCarly children’s show, again to promote Joining Forces.

Obama Raises $1 Million from Rich Bostonians

From the pool report by Abby Phillip of POLITICO:

INFO FROM THE DCCC ON TONIGHT’s EVENT:

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Raised: $1 million

Ticket Prices:
$5,000/person              Dinner
$10,000/person            Dinner and photoline
$30,800/person            Dinner, photoline, and VIP Reception
$50,000/couple            Dinner, photoline, and VIP Reception

Attendees: 152 guestsReception
Photoline         50
Dinner             152

Notable Guests
Speaker Nancy Pelosi
DCCC Chairman Steve Israel
Congressman Ed Markey, Dean of the Massachusetts delegation
Lt. Governor Timothy Murray
Senate President Therese Murray
Boston Mayor Thomas Menno
Vicki Kennedy
Malcolm Rogers, Museum of Fine Arts Director
Ann McLane Kuster (2010 Democratic candidate for Congress in NH-02)
DCCC online contest winner Theresa Lominy of Matawan, New Jersey, who gave $25, and her husband Alix.
DCCC online contest winner Ellen Schecter of New York, NY, who gave $20, and her husband James Altman.

Obama Fundraiser at Alonzo Mourning’s Home

Obama lands at the swank Miami castle of the former NBA star to dig for gold. Interesting pool report filed by Kara Rowland of the Washington Times.

After an uneventful 27-minute motorcade, pool arrived at 5:07 p.m. at the home of retired Miami Heat star Alonzo Mourning for a private fundraiser to benefit the DCCC and two-term incumbent Rep. Ron Klein. Pool did not see POTUS but assumes he arrived as well.

The NBA legend’s gated Coral Gables neighborhood was lined with palm trees and imposing, white box-like mansions. As pool was ushered in, some members caught a glimpse of Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh upstairs on a luxurious balcony. We passed by tables set up under a huge white tent, situated for a beautiful view of Biscayne Bay. Island music played as a few guests waited at the seats, with most empty. Two wooden, upscale hammock/couches were spotted on the lawn.

Pool is holding now in the unfinished basement crawl space of Alonzo Mourning. As one might imagine, it is vast and contains a wide array of possessions. Spotted by pool are dozens of pairs of size 17 sneakers piled up, a huge stack of Christmas decorations, tires and what appear to be childrens’ toys. Some old treadmills are stacked in the corner of the room.

Apologies for the delay in sending this — there have been numerous technical issues with wireless access down here. We are now relocating to vans because of it.

Obama to Rake in $1.75 Million for the DNC

Two fundraisers tonight for the Democratic Party. As usual, there’s one fundraiser for fat cats, one for the poor people. Well, poorer people. Some paid a grand to get into the pauper’s event. Tickets started at $44. Isn’t that special?

Here’s the pool report.

Motorcade left the White House in the rain at 7:30, for a four-minute drive to a DNC dinner at the DuPont Circle home of his former aide Linda Douglass, now an executive with Atlantic Media, and husband John Phillips. It’s the first of two events this evening expected to raise $1.75 million for the DNC.

We don’t think FLOTUS is with him. It was a dark and stormy night…

The dinner is $30,400 per person, and the event is expected to raise $1 million, per a DNC official.

The second event (Obama remarks scheduled for 9:15 pm) is the kickoff concert for the “National Gen44 Summit,” at DAR Constitution Hall. Hip-hop artist B.o.B is the featured act. (Hit singles “Airplanes” and “Nothin’ On You.”) Tickets went for $44 to $1,000. The 3,000 tickets sold out days ago. The DNC expected to raise $750,000.

The program will include remarks by 2008 campaign manager David Plouffe, Organizing for America deputy director Jeremy Bird, and DNC Chairman Tim Kaine, “about the importance of young voters in this election,” per the official. Obama will speak after them, and after B.o.B performs.

Gen44 is a group the DNC created, targeting the 40-and-under crowd, to “cultivate and empower a rising generation of leaders for the Democratic Party,” per www.genfortyfour.com.

Obama is expected to spend an hour at the first event.

It’s a lovely place, up three flights. Tables of 10. Seem to be finishing prime rib as the president arrives to an ovation.

Todd J. Gillman
Washington Bureau Chief
The Dallas Morning News