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Obama expected to raise $3.5 million in Los Angeles

April 19, 2010 | 10:28 am

Democrat president 
Barack Obama boarding Air Force One in Long Beach on a previous visit to

President Obama is expected to raise nearly $3.5 million in Los Angeles on Monday evening, appearing at events honoring California Sen. Barbara Boxer, who is facing at a tough reelection battle this year.


The Los Angeles events are the latest in an accelerating fundraising schedule for the president. He has been attending such affairs at a pace that has already exceeded that of his predecessor, George W. Bush, who was criticized by Democrats for the amount of time he spent on campaign fundraising.

Air Force One is scheduled to touch down at Los Angeles International Airport in the late afternoon Monday, and the president will be whisked to Exposition Park, where he will speak at receptions at the California Science Center and then at a dinner in the Museum of Natural History. India Arie is one of the featured entertainers at the Science Center event.

The president will not have any official business in Los Angeles, the White House said.

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--Tom Hamburger in Washington

Photo: Obama on previous trip to Los Angeles. Gary Friedman / L.A. Times