President Obama To Arrive In Los Angeles This Wednesday

Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014, 9:52:00 AM

Staff Report

President Barack Obama is scheduled to arrive at Los Angeles International Airport around 2:30 pm Wednesday, then attend a Democratic National Committee fundraising reception and dinner at the Hancock Park home of television producer Shonda Rhimes.

Tickets for the event begin at $1,000, according to an invitation posted on the website,, which tracks political fundraisers.

The price is $10,000 to attend the reception and for the opportunity to have a photo taken with Obama, and $32,400 -- the maximum allowable contribution to a national party committee in a calendar year -- to be a co-host of the event, which also allows the donor to attend a dinner with Obama in addition to the reception and the photo opportunity.

The event's co-chairs include Kerry Washington, the star of the Rhimes-produced ABC drama Scandal. Rhimes is also a producer of two other ABC dramas, Grey's Anatomy and How to Get Away with Murder, which is set to premiere Sept. 25.

"The overwhelming majority'' of tickets for the fundraiser were priced at $1,000 "because most of the people I know cannot afford" a $32,400 ticket, Rhimes said.

On Thursday, in addition to a speech at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College at 1:15 pm, Obama is scheduled to attend a roundtable discussion with about 30 people at the Los Angeles home of Michael Rapino, CEO of Live Nation, with tickets costing $32,400 each, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The trip will be Obama's 19th to Los Angeles or Orange counties since taking office in 2009 and the third in three months. All but three of his trips have included political fundraisers.

Obama is scheduled to depart from LAX at about 3:10 pm Thursday.

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