President Barack Obama is scheduled to begin a two- day visit to the Los Angeles area Monday to conduct three fundraisers and visit the DreamWorks Animation facility in Glendale to speak about the economy.
The trip will be Obama's 16th to the Los Angeles area since taking office. All but three of his trips have included political fundraisers. He has made 10 trips to the area solely for fundraising.
Obama will begin his day in Seattle, where he conducted fundraisers for the Democratic National Committee and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Sunday. He is scheduled this morning to fly to San Francisco, where he will speak in support of overhauling the nation's immigration laws and conduct a fundraiser.
Obama will conduct fundraisers today in the Beverly Hills area for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and Democratic Senate Campaign Committee. The fundraisers will be at the homes of Basketball Hall of Fame member Earvin ``Magic'' Johnson and Saban Capital Group Chairman Haim Saban, according to the website politicalpartytime.org, which tracks political fundraisers across the country.
Ryan Mahoney, a deputy press secretary of the Republican National Committee, called the trip ``just another distraction from (Obama's) fundamentally flawed and unpopular health care law.''
``While President Obama raises millions of dollars for Democrat campaign committees, millions of Americans are losing the healthcare coverage he promised they could keep,'' Mahoney said.
There was no response to attempts to contact the White House this weekend.
A coalition of environmental and progressive groups plan to conduct a rally and march in Beverly Hills against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a regional trade agreement, in connection with today's fundraisers.
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 American exports, support the creation and retention of American jobs and promote innovation. The partnership consists of the United States, Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Vietnam and Singapore.
On Tuesday, Obama is scheduled to conduct a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee at the Hancock Park home of Marta Kauffman, a co- creator of the 1994-2004 NBC comedy ``Friends,'' politicalpartytime.org reported.
Obama is also scheduled Tuesday to speak at DreamWorks Animation, which is headed by Jeffrey Katzenberg, a longtime Obama supporter. Obama, during his most recent trip to Southern California, had a private dinner with Katzenberg in August
``The American motion picture and television industry is a growing industry and continues to create thousands of jobs all across the country,'' principal deputy press secretary Josh Earnest said during a briefing Thursday.
Obama had planned to visit to Los Angeles in early September but canceled the visit, saying he wanted to remain in Washington, D.C., to focus on a congressional resolution on Syria. Obama was to have conducted a Democratic National Committee fundraiser and speak at the AFL-CIO convention during that trip.