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Obama, Pelosi In La Jolla For Fundraiser At Qualcomm Co-Founder’s House

President Barack Obama is scheduled to fly into San Diego on Thursday to attend a political fundraiser at the La Jolla home of Qualcomm co-founder Irwin Jacobs.

President Barack Obama lifts a baby while greeting patrons prior to lunch at The Coupe restaurant in Washington, D.C., Jan. 10, 2014.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is scheduled to join Obama at the $10,000-per-person lunchtime fundraiser in La Jolla to benefit the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Couples who donate $32,400, the legal maximum, will be invited to a VIP reception and photo opportunity.

Jacobs, whose estimated net worth is $1.6 billion, was one of the top five financial supporters of Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. He stepped down as chairman of Qualcomm -- the mobile chip maker -- five years ago.

The Obama administration announced new proposals this week designed to attract and retain highly skilled immigrants, among the top wishes of high-tech companies like Qualcomm. The new regulations would remove obstacles to the immigrants remaining in this country and extend employment authorization to their spouses.

Outside the fundraiser, an environmental group is scheduled to rally in opposition to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. San Diego 350 contends the pipeline, which would carry oil from Canada to Texas for refining, will increase greenhouse gas emissions and worsen the impacts of climate change.

Obama has delayed a decision on whether to approve the project for several months.

The president's West Coast swing began late Wednesday in Los Angeles and will continue Thursday evening in San Jose.

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Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | May 7, 2014 at 1:37 p.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago

Welcome to America's Largest CowTown, Mr. President.

PLEASE do the right thing and say NO to the xl pipeline.

Put an end to this for good, it's a terrible idea, it has terrible public health and environmental consequences, and those insisting on this thing have let-loose a barrage of mis-information to try and sell this disaster.

It is NOT good for America.

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CaliforniaDefender | May 7, 2014 at 2:55 p.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago


Here is the scene tomorrow at the mansion of a billionaire one percenter:

Obama sips on champagne as he laughs about ordering drone assassinations, the NSA to spy on Americans and Congress, using the IRS as a political weapon, and his backroom deals with big oil and pharma.

Wads of caviar stained bills will then be stuffed in his pocket as he promises political and economic favors in return to the assembled liberal elite 1%.

The average San Diegan barred from this $10,000 a plate lunch does not welcome Obama. Not at all.

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thompsonrichard | May 7, 2014 at 3:47 p.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago

I attended a talk by the longest serving (former) U.S. Ambassador to China Tuesday at UCSD and it was said that the Jacobs and former UC President Richard Atkinson were there. The speaker was extremely well-informed, soft-spoken and astute. Certainly the 1% attend the right events -- and it was free. I don't think the IRS has been used as a political weapon. The NSA does spy on Americans. The entire San Diego Congressional Delegation voted an increase in the NSA budget. I will certainly vote for Demaio because he said he wouldn't have voted that way. I also contribute small amounts of money from time to time to the Muslim Public Affairs Council. When I read about the Coke Brothers' or the Jacobs' enormous political contributions: I find that sending $10 to the muslims and/or Demaio makes me able to lay my head on my pillow and instantly fall sleep I emailed Hillary Clinton $20 in each of the six primary races she entered after Madame Pelosi urged her to drop out.but I shall not send any more money to the Democrats -- not even if it's a pittance.

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muckapoo1 | May 7, 2014 at 4:16 p.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago

Ridiculous. The Party of baby-killers and the poor having a $10k/plate dinner.

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xwagner | May 8, 2014 at 5:52 a.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago

$10,000 per person? Seems pretty steep, doesn't it?

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Peking_Duck_SD | May 8, 2014 at 7:22 a.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago


While I understand and agree with your cynical viewpoint on this, it's a political system Obama did not create.

Any political figure in this day and age must pander to wealthy donors to survive - Obama is not doing anything that any other president in history has not done.

Do I like it?


But, at least Obama favors policy to help those who can't ever enter a luncheon like this - healthcare for the poor and working class, minimum wage hike, etc.

I'd rather have a President who panders to the rich for political donations and then transfers some of that political capital into actually helping people other than just the 1% versus a President who panders to the rich for political donations and then uses that political capital to simply support a straight plutocratic agenda.

If you are disgusted by this display of elegant pandering, blame our long-standing political system and blame the Supreme Court of the United States for their recent decisions like Citizen's United and McCutcheon v Federal Election Commission where ideological tramps like Thomas and Scalia have handed people like Jacobs, the Kock Brothers, Old Crank Adelson, etc., etc. our elections process on a silver platter!!

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Mmikey | May 8, 2014 at 7:27 a.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago

what favors or considerations will all those hoity-toity donors be expecting later on?

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JeanMarc | May 8, 2014 at 9:55 a.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago

I would not let Obama into my home. Never.

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CaliforniaDefender | May 8, 2014 at 12:57 p.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago


Yes, every president adds new corruption to the already massive mountain of corruption in Washington. Does that absolve him of the crime?

And how exactly has Obama transferred that ill-gotten political capital to the poor and middle class?

Healthcare? We all know Obamacare isn't free or universal or even sustainable. Nothing but a massive transfer of wealth to big pharma.

Minimum wage? Many states already have higher minimums, not to mention Washington has no business setting a minimum. Just political pandering.

And yes I blame the Supreme Court which I view as one of the most horribly damaging bodies of unelected corrupt political lackeys in American history.

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