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Occupy 90210 to Protest "Big Money" During President's Visit

The group will gather at a park near the site of President Obama's $35,800-per-plate dinner

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    Occupy 90210 to Protest "Big Money" During President's Visit
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    Feb. 15, 2012: President Barack Obama greets workers following a speech at the Master Lock factory in Milwaukee.

    Occupy 90210 protesters will gather more than a mile from the home of a daytime drama TV show producer's mansion Wednesday night when President Barack Obama visits the home for a $35,800-per-ticket fundraising dinner.

    The group will gather at Will Rogers Memorial Park -- which is indeed in the Beverly Hills 90210 ZIP code -- to protest what they call the "corrupting role that Big Money plays in politics."

    The president is expected to arrive at 4 p.m. at Los Angeles International Airport. He will travel to the home of Bradley Bell, co-creator and executive producer of the daytime soap "The Bold and the Beautiful," and his wife, Colleen. A fundraising reception at the home will include a performance by rock band Foo Fighters.

    The dinner will be co-hosted by actor Will Ferrell and his wife.

    "While Obama dines at a $35,800 a plate fundraiser in the home of a 1% TV producer, we will be one and a half miles away occupying Will Rogers Memorial Park," according to the Occupy 90210 Facebook page.

    Obama's fundraising campaign in the run-up to the 2012 election in November is expected to shatter records. The fundraising effort in LA will benefit the Obama Victory Fund, a joint fundraising committee for Obama's campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

    "The buzz is that Barack Obama will have the first billion dollar campaign expenditure," said NBC4 political analyst, Sherry Bebitch-Jeffe.

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    The Occupy 90210 event also serves as a fundraiser to support Hunger Action LA's Veggie Voucher Program. The protest is scheduled for 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

    "Our feeling is there is such a corrupting influence of money and  politics and basically it's the foundational issue from which all of our  problems result," Lauren Steiner, one of the organizers of the protest and  rally, told City News Service. "We have to take money out of politics."

    The president will attend a fundraising breakfast Thursday at the Corona del Mar home of Jeff and Nancy Stack. Tickets for the event range from $10,000 for a photo reception and breakfast to $35,800 for breakfast and a meet-and-greet.

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