Spots were still available late Sunday for a Tuesday lunch with President Obama in exchange for a $5,000 donation to the Obama for America campaign.
A widely circulated email seeking donors for the lunch -- including a price list -- offered a frank view of the price tag and hierarchy of access, which is typical at the upper levels of costly national and state campaigns in both political parties.
For $7,500, donors could get a "photo with the president and lunch" Tuesday if they submitted security information, including their Social Security numbers, by Oct. 21.
For $35,000 per couple ($17,900 per individual), donors could attend a "pre-lunch VIP clutch with the President." For that price, "You can (a) attend the President's pre-lunch gathering with your spouse, which includes candid photos with the President and lunch or (b) receive four preferred seats at the lunch and two 'clicks' at the photo line," the email said.
Obama's Bay Area fundraising events Tuesday were part of a three-day swing through Nevada, California and Colorado, in which the president will promote his housing and education initiatives and hold multiple campaign finance events.
"Please note this will be the final event with the President in the Bay Area this year," the email said.
"For those who care about environmental and cleantech policy, you'll be glad to learn EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson is also coming soon."
The Obama for America campaign is promoting a $5,000 "Season Pass," providing access to "VIP events" and a "Northern California Speaker Series" from September 2011 through February 2012.
Next up for Season Pass-holders is the event with Environmental Protection Agency chief Lisa Jackson, scheduled for Nov. 3 at a Bay Area location yet to be determined. Pass-holders get access to a "small private reception and discussion" with Jackson. Asking price for the dinner that evening is another $5,000.
"The Season Pass is a monthly speaker series of top level people from the administration and campaign who will come to the Bay Area, at least once a month, to have more intimate, in-depth gatherings with Pass holders," the email said.
"...The idea is to give a smaller group of people personal introduction to a lot of amazing people as well as VIP status at the big events (i.e. smaller receptions, preferred seating) and have the chance for more substantive discussions and interaction."
The Season Pass series kicked off Sept. 15 with a lunch with senior presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett.
Other possible speakers in the Season Pass series, though not guaranteed, include former President Bill Clinton, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, Warren Buffett, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, now Mayor of Chicago.
The Obama campaign raised $42 million in the quarter ending Sept. 30 and had $61.4 million cash on hand as of that date, according to the campaign's report filed with the Federal Elections Commission.
Republican Rick Perry raised $17.2 million in the quarter ending Sept. 30 and reported $15 million cash on hand.
Republican Mitt Romney raised $14.2 million from July through September, and had $14.6 million on hand as of Sept. 30, the campaign filing said.
Republican Ron Paul raised $8.2 million during the period and had $3.67 million cash on hand by Sept. 30.
Republican Jon Huntsman raised $4.5 million in the quarter, and reported $327,615 cash on hand.
Republican Michele Bachmann raised $3.9 million, and reported $1.3 million by quarter's end.
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