EXCLUSIVE -- President Obama to come to Minnesota for Dem fundraiser in June
May 1, 2014 — 5:35pm
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama will headline a Democratic fundraiser in June at a private Minneapolis home, Democratic officials confirmed Thursday.
Obama will attend a party at the home of Sylvia and Samuel Kaplan on June 26 to raise cash for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Minnesota's Congressional Democrats will be there, along with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and DCCC Chairman Steve Israel, sources said.
The Kaplans are big Democratic donors involved in state and federal politics. Sam Kaplan is a lawyer and served as ambassador to Morocco from 2009 to 2013 under Obama's first term.
The fundraiser asks for $32,400 per couple for a VIP reception, dinner and a photo opp or $20,000 per couple -- or $10,000 per person -- for just dinner and a photo opp, according to an invite obtained by the Star Tribune.
Obama was last in Minnesota in February, when he unveiled a $300 billion transportation infrastructure plan at Union Depot in St. Paul. The announcement was on the heels of his State of the Union address.
The White House did not confirm Thursday whether Obama will be doing any public events while in the state.
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