About 600 people will be attending tonight's LGBT Leadership Council gala at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Ellen DeGeneres hosts and "Glee" star Darren Criss performs. But what you actually see and do depends on how much money you're willing to contribute to the campaign.
--$1,250 is the base price
--$2,500 gets you preferential seating
--$10,000 is good for a photo with the president
--$25,000 (per couple) includes a reception
After the Beverly Wilshire event, about 70 people will join Obama for dinner at the home of "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy and his fiancé, David Miller. That event goes for $25,000 (individual) and $40,000 (couple). A Thursday morning breakfast at the home of local real estate developer Charles Quarles is expected to draw 300 donors who are paying $2,500 apiece. All this might seem crass (well, it is crass), but Obama must raise the money somehow and many of his once reliable contributors back east are balking this time around. From The Hill:
The California support takes the pressure off New York, which has been a pivotal fueling station for Democratic and Republican candidates alike as they fill their campaign coffers. While Obama received some support from Wall Street during the 2008 presidential race, it might have suffered slightly because of the perceived attack on private equity and his backing of the Buffett Rule, observers say. "There are some on Wall Street who see [Romney] as someone who is much more of their own," said Anthony Corrado, a professor of government at Colby College who specializes in campaign finance. "There are still some people who will support [Obama], but he's not going to rise to the levels he raised in 2008." Corrado pointed to the trio of New York fundraisers earlier this week, where Obama -- appearing alongside former President Bill Clinton-- raked in an estimated $3.6 million. "It was a successful fundraising swing, but it took the power of two presidents to achieve that success," he said.