Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, November 19, 2013
The Democratic National Committee is so desperate to get donors to attend its shindigs that it’s slashed ticket prices for a high-dollar fundraiser in San Francisco next week in half.
The committee announced the reduced ticket prices in a donor email Monday as a result of the lackluster ticket sales for the fundraiser thus far. President Obama will be speaking at the event, which will take place on November 25 at the SFJAZZ Center.
“An exciting new update I would love to mention is that we have reduced the price for the general admission luncheon tickets to $500/person,” Shefali Razdan Duggal, a member of the DNC’s national finance committee, wrote in the email. “In addition, all current $1000 ticket holders will be upgraded to VIP (this includes premium seating near the stage and Presidential rope line access).”
Entry level tickets to the event originally cost donors $1,000. The event organizers have also dropped the cost of premium level tickets from $15,000 to $10,000.
The San Francisco fundraiser in question is one of several that the president will be headlining during next week’s trip to left coast, thereby worrying some that the nation is tiring of President Obama and the problems surrounding his signature domestic policy, the Affordable Care Act. The president has been on a fundraising tear of late, having appeared at events on behalf of the party and its House and Senate campaign committees. According to The Washington Examiner, the president will have appeared at 21 events on behalf of the DNC by the end of November.
The San Francisco Chronicle, however, suggests that the fatigue may just be isolated to the Bay Area, noting that the president has made nine fundraising trips there over the past two-and-a-half years.