Thursday, February 2, 2012

Michelle Obama, James Taylor to star in Charlotte fundraisers

Posted By on Thu, Feb 2, 2012 at 3:26 PM

No, thats not the first ladys hand on Mr. Taylors shoulder, but we like that it looks that way.
  • Photos by Joyce N. Boghosian (Obama), Evan Osherow (Taylor)
  • No, that's not the first lady's hand on Mr. Taylor's shoulder, but we like that it looks that way.

First lady Michelle Obama will be attending two Charlotte fundraisers on March 2 to help raise money for the 2012 Democratic National Convention here, according to a convention official.

In the afternoon, the first lady will attend a fundraising dinner with a performance by North Carolina-raised singer/songwriter James Taylor. Tickets for the event at the Ballantyne Hotel begin at $12,500 per couple and benefit the Committee for Charlotte 2012, the official name of the host committee tasked with raising $36.65 million for the convention.

In the evening, the first lady will attend a fundraising reception at the hotel that also features a performance by Taylor, with tickets starting at $250.

Convention and host committee officials have so far declined to say how much of the convention budget has been raised, only saying that fundraising is “right on track.” New rules imposed by the Democratic National Convention Committee exclude cash contributions from lobbyists, political actions and corporations, as well as individual donations above $100,000.

Besides the fundraising boost that a visit by the first lady might bring, it is also a sign that the Obama campaign is ramping up and increasing its focus on the swing state of North Carolina.

For those interested in attending either event, the number for Committee in Charlotte in 2012 is (704) 444-8343.

Mary C. Curtis, an award-winning Charlotte, N.C.-based journalist, is a contributor to The Washington Post's “She the People” blog, The Root, NPR and the Nieman Watchdog blog. Her “Keeping It Positive” segment airs Wednesdays at 7:10 a.m. on Fox News Rising Charlotte, and she was national correspondent for Politics Daily. Follow her on Twitter.

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