Obama Postpones $32,000-a-Head Hollywood Fundraiser Amid Syria Crisis (Exclusive)
UPDATED: As the president cancels Sept. 9 trip, fundraisers vow to reschedule a reception that was set to be held at the Hancock Park home of "Friends" co-creater Marta Kauffman and her husband, composer Michael Skloff.
President Obama has postponed a Los Angeles fundraiser scheduled for next Monday.
The announcement arrives as Congress gets ready to debate the authorization of the use of military force against Syria.
The reception was to be held at the Hancock Park home of Friends co-creater Marta Kauffman and her husband, composer Michael Skloff.
The Sept. 9 Hancock Park fundraiser with Obama was set to include an exclusive $32,400-per-person "off the cuff" roundtable discussion with the president, as well as a photo line for those who donate $5,000 to the party -- and raise an additional $20,000 from others.
The event was expected to bring in well over $1.2 million for the DNC. While in Los Angeles, Obama was also scheduled to address attendees of the national AFL-CIO convention.
In an email, one Democratic National Committee fundraiser said the reception was to be rescheduled:
We regret to inform you that the September 9th reception with President Obama at the home of Marta Kauffman and Michael Skloff has been postponed. We will keep you updated with a new reception date in the near future and would like to encourage you to attend the rescheduled date for what is still sure to be a great event. A refund is also available for those that do not wish to attend a rescheduled date. We would like to thank you again for your support of the DNC. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.
The White House released a statement on the matter at 10:55 a.m. officially announcing that the California trip had been canceled. According to a pool report: "(Obama) will remain in Washington to work on the Syrian resolution before congress."