President Barack Obama is scheduled to arrive today for a two-day visit to Los Angeles for two political fundraisers and a speech at a gala for an organization founded by Steven Spielberg to keep alive memories of the Holocaust and other genocides.
The trip will be Obama’s 17th to the Los Angeles area since taking office in 2009. All but three of his trips have included political fundraisers.
He has made 10 trips to the area solely for fundraising.
The trip’s first fundraiser will be tonight at the Bel Air mansion ofDisney Studios Chairman Alan Horn and his wife, Cindy, benefiting the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee, according to the entertainment trade newspaper The Hollywood Reporter.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, are also scheduled to attend the fundraiser, The Hollywood Reporter reported.
On Thursday, Obama will conduct what The Hollywood Reported described as an intimate “round table” discussion at The Beverly Hilton, benefiting the Democratic National Committee.
The top ticket price for both political fundraisers are $32,400, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The figure is the maximum amount that can be given to a party committee in a calendar year under federal law.
Obama tonight will receive the highest honor from the USC Shoah Foundation — The Institute for Visual History and Education, during its 20th anniversary Ambassadors for Humanity Gala at the Century Plaza Hotel.
Spielberg will present the Ambassador for Humanity Award to Obama for his global efforts to protect human rights, his commitment to education and expanding educational technology, and his work advancing opportunities for all people, according to the gala’s organizers.
This is Obama’s first trip to the Los Angeles area since November when he spoke at the DreamWorks Animation facility in Glendale, praising the entertainment industry as an economic “bright spot” that reflects positive American values across the globe, and conducted three political fundraisers.