First Lady Visits SoCal for Fundraiser at Home of "Everybody Loves Raymond" Creator

Near the fundraiser, dozens of activists plan to rally against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a regional trade agreement that protest organizers are calling “NAFTA on steroids.”

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    First Lady Michelle Obama, seen here speaking at an event to promote opportunities for students to attend and finish college and university, will be in California from Jan. 29-31, 2014, raising money for the Democratic party.

    The First Lady will kick off a three-day tour through California with a private fundraiser Wednesday in Los Angeles before heading north to San Francisco.

    First Lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to speak at a fundraiser at the Hancock Park home of “Everybody Loves Raymond” creator Philip Rosenthal and his actress wife Monica Horan.

    Tickets are priced at $1,000 for the reception; $2,500 per couple for a reception and photograph with Obama; $4,000 for a family of four for the reception and photo; and $10,000 for the reception, photograph and admission to a roundtable discussion, according to the entertainment trade publication The Hollywood Reporter.

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    People raising $32,400 per guest will be allowed to attend all the events with Obama, plus a special “co-chair clutch,” the outlet reported.

    The $32,400 figure was arrived at because it is the maximum an individual can contribute to a national party committee in a calendar year.

    Near the fundraiser, dozens of activists plan to rally against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a regional trade agreement that protest organizers are calling “NAFTA on steroids.”

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    Opponents of the partnership claim it will undermine state, local and federal laws, including those governing food safety, environmental protections, Internet freedom, workers’ rights, health care, drug prices and banking and finance regulations.

    The Obama administration says the partnership will boost economic growth by increasing U.S. exports, support the creation and retention of U.S. jobs and promote innovation. The partnership consists of the United States, Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Vietnam and Singapore.

    During her time in LA, Obama is also set to be interviewed by Ryan Seacrest for his nationally syndicated radio show “On Air with Ryan Seacrest,'' discussing how to stay fit by eating healthy, getting active and signing up for health care, according to the White House. The interview will air Thursday.

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    After her stop in the Southland, the First Lady will spend the next two days in San Francisco, speaking at two Democratic National Committee fundraisers Thursday and one for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Friday.

    A spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department said she is unaware of any street closures that would come as a result of Obama’s visit.

    The trip was initially planned for October, but rescheduled because of the federal government shutdown.

    City News Service contributed to this report.

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