11:46 am Sep. 28, 2012
The Obama campaign is starting to ramp up its fund-raising efforts in New York City, with a slew of upcoming events featuring top surrogates, targeted to a variety of prospective donors.
On Monday, Newark Mayor Cory Booker and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick will host an event at the Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg.
Tickets start at $250, but "preferred viewing" costs $500 and it's a cash bar. For $1,000, attendees get in the VIP lounge, with free appetizers and drinks, and $2,500 includes a meet-and-greet.
The event will take place on the same night that Governor Andrew Cuomo appears as a special guest at an Artists for Obama event in Manhattan.
The invitation also lists top Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett as a host, though the registration form online only names Booker and Patrick, with other "special guests." Steve Earle will perform too, and Ted Allen is listed as the emcee.
Jarrett will appear the same night at Lawyers for Obama fund-raiser at the offices of Arnold & Porter in Midtown.
On October 9, the campaign will hold an "economic panel discussion," which doubles as a fund-raiser, at the offices of Paul, Weiss, to be moderated by Robert Wolf and featuring former Senator Bill Bradley, Jim Chanos, Mark Gallogly, Marc Lasry and Mona Sutphen.
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, who previously led New York City's Department of Housing Preservation, will host a cocktail reception on October 11 and a breakfast reception on October 12.