President Obama, Hillary Clinton to visit Bay Area next week

The nation’s two most prominent Democrats — President Barack Obama and presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton — will be in the Bay Area at the end of next week in search of campaign cash, but their paths probably won’t cross.

Obama will speak Friday at the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors at the Hilton hotel on San Francisco’s Union Square, in addition to attending fundraisers for the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, a White House official said Friday.

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The Democratic National Committee event will be a round-table with about 20 business leaders at the San Francisco home of Shervin Pishevar, a cofounder and managing director at Sherpa Ventures and a strategic adviser and board observer at ride-sharing giant Uber. A seat at such an event often costs the maximum possible donation to a national political committee — for the 2016 election cycle, that’s $33,400.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee event, which House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi also is scheduled to attend, will be a $10,000-per-person reception at the San Francisco home of Tom Steyer, the hedge fund billionaire turned environmentalist.

Obama last visited the Bay Area in February for a White House Summit on cybersecurity issues at Stanford University and a DNC fundraiser at the San Francisco home of venture capitalist Sandy Robertson.

The president will leave the Bay Area on Saturday, about the same time Clinton arrives for a brunch reception in San Francisco’s Mission District hosted by Rick Hills, a real estate broker, former San Francisco planning commissioner and attorney. Tickets start at $2,700 per person; co-hosts who raise $27,000 or more and hosts who raise $50,000 or more will be invited to a pre-reception and photo line with Clinton, who has yet to hold any public campaign events in California.

An email announcing Clinton’s event noted that her campaign recently unveiled a finance committee structure in which someone who raises $27,000 in 30 days will be a “Hillstarter” and get a seat on the Northern California finance committee. Individuals who raise $50,000 by Dec. 31 will be designated “Hillraisers” and be rewarded with seats on the Northwest regional finance committee. Those who raise $100,000 by Dec. 31 will become “Hillblazers” and get seats on the national finance committee.

“We hope you will use this opportunity to help reach your goals and take part in the wonderful benefits (soon to be revealed) associated with each committee,” the email said.

The former U.S. secretary of state, U.S. senator and first lady held two fundraisers in San Francisco on May 6, one hosted by Steyer and the other by longtime friend and supporter Susie Tompkins Buell, cofounder of Esprit and North Face. She held three fundraisers on May 7 in Los Angeles before returning to the Bay Area on May 8 for a luncheon at the Portola Valley home of eBay president and CEO John Donahoe.

Clinton declared her candidacy April 12 and has been busily visiting early-primary states since, but she’s scheduled to deliver her “official campaign launch speech” Saturday at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park on New York City’s Roosevelt Island. Tickets to the event were free and available online to the public.

Josh Richman covers politics. Follow him at Twitter.com/Josh_Richman. Read the Political Blotter at IBAbuzz.com/politics.

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