President Obama arrives in Los Angeles on Wednesday afternoon for a series of events, including a fundraiser for Democratic House and Senate candidates at the home of Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn, and a speech before the USC Shoah Foundation.
His visit — which the LAPD warns may snarl westside traffic — is his first to the area since November.
The event at the Bel-Air home of Alan Horn, chairman of the Walt Disney Studios, and his wife Cindy, an environmental activist, will raise money for the House Senate Victory Fund, a joint committee set up for congressional candidates. The Horns are longtime Democratic donors, although this is the president’s first visit to their home for a fundraising event, which is also scheduled to include House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
Tickets to the event start at $10,000 per person, which includes dinner and a photo op. Those donating $32,400 per couple get listed as “sponsors” and can also take part in a VIP reception. Those donating $64,800 per couple are listed as “hosts” and also can take part in a “VIP clutch.”
The House Senate Victory Fund is splitting proceeds equally between the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
After the fundraiser, Obama will head to the Century Plaza Hotel for the USC Shoah Foundation Gala, where the organization’s founder, Steven Spielberg, will present him with its Ambassador for Humanity Award, its highest honor. The foundation was established in 1994, a year after Spielberg made “Schindler’s List,” to gather interviews with survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides.
In announcing the award in March, Spielberg cited Obama’s recent appointment of the first special envoy for Holocaust Survivor Services, which he said “demonstrates his staunch commitment to honoring the past while building a better future.”
Conan O’Brien will host the event, which also features an appearance by Liam Neeson and a performance by Bruce Springsteen.
On Thursday morning, Obama headlines a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, with tickets priced at $32,400-per-person. The event is being billed as a one-hour discussion.
Obama will depart Los Angeles late that m0rning and will later visit San Diego and the Bay Area for more fundraising. That includes an event co-hosted by Y Combinator’s Sam Altman and Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, and a 20-person “tech roundtable” at the home of Anne Wojcicki, the biotech executive and wife of Google co-founder Sergey Brin. Wojcicki and Brin have separated.