President Barack Obama is coming back to the Bay Area next week both to be a keynote speaker at Salesforce's Dreamforce convention, and to be the guest of honor at a fancy Democratic fundraiser in Los Altos.
SFist reported Tuesday that Obama will be part of the traffic-making chaos that is Dreamforce next week, though the date and timing of his speech is not yet known. Now we learn via the Chronicle that the former president will also be here for a fundraiser on November 21, at the home of psychiatrist and philanthropist Karla Jurvetson. Jurvetson has been politically active much of her life, and last year she donated $12 million in support of federal candidates in the Democratic Party.
The fundraiser next Thursday will be in support of the Democratic Unity Fund, a new initiative that Obama announced in May on behalf of the Democratic National Committee, which is dedicated, as he said, "to electing our party's eventual presidential nominee and winning up and down the ballot in 2020." The fund is meant to encourage greater unity in the party and avoid the fractures that were exposed during the 2016 campaigns.
Tickets for the fundraiser, which will also be attended by DNC chair Tom Perez, start at $10,000, with a VIP package priced at $355,000. As the Chronicle notes, the $10K level doesn't even get you a photo with Barack.
Obama has yet to make any endorsements in the 2020 campaign, and he likely won't prior to the DNC convention in Milwaukee next July. Vice President Joe Biden has reportedly asked Obama not to endorse him, or anyone.
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