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October 31, 2012 | By Jay Jones
Thanksgiving is already over in Canada--it's celebrated the second Monday in October--so now our neighbors to the north are already preparing for Christmas festivities. One of the most traditional takes place in Victoria, British Columbia, where the National Gingerbread Showcase will be staged Nov. 24-Jan. 1. Amateur and professional bakers will display their wares. Last year's competition had an international flair. Replicas of Paris' Eiffel Tower and London's Harrods department store stood beside a colorful beehive and an old-fashioned bookshop.
September 19, 2012 | By Matt Donnelly
We can't imagine Beyonce and Jay-Z having time to entertain since the arrival of daughter Blue Ivy, but exceptions can be made -- for, say, President Obama. The power couple opened the doors of Jay's 40/40 club in Manhattan on Tuesday, hosting an exclusive fundraiser for the president's reelection campaign. A crowd of about 100 sipped Champagne and snacked on sliders, according to the pool report. Seats went for $40,000 to catch Beyonce introduce the POTUS in a brief speech that exalted his leadership.
May 29, 2012 | By Morgan Little
Donald Trump, brought back into the Mitt Romney political fold for a Las Vegas fundraiser, refused to back down Tuesday on his belief that President Obama wasn't born in the United States. Trump, who has been a persistent advocate for the "birther" cause, said in an interview with CNBC that "nothing's changed my mind," even after Obama released his long-form birth certificate last year. "And by the way, you know, you have a huge group of people. I walk down the street and people are screaming, 'Please don't give that up.' Look, a publisher came out last week and had a statement about Obama given by them to Obama when he was doing a book as a young man a number of years ago in the '90s: 'Born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia,'" Trump said.
May 11, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
President Obama's fundraiser Thursday night at George Clooney's house was marked by the glitz of celebrity attendees and jokes about the president's graying hair and wrinkled visage. But the tone of the president, less defiant than prior visits, more sober, was a reflection of the headwinds he faces going into the general election. Obama highlighted the challenge of wooing an electorate that is still struggling in the nation's slowly recovering economy. “This is going to be harder than it was the last time -- not only because I'm older and grayer and your "Hope" posters are dog-eared,” Obama said to laughter.
September 16, 2009 | Josh Drobnyk
President Obama, making an unusual foray into a Democratic primary election battle, told a paid crowd of supporters of Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) on Tuesday that the senator would fight "to help me move this country forward." The reception drew 750 people, some of whom paid $2,400 to attend. The president was scheduled to attend a more intimate gathering of Specter's big-money donors later today. Overall, the fundraiser was expected to bring in nearly $2.5 million, split between Specter's campaign and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
October 24, 2011 | By Peter Nicholas and Tom Hamburger, Washington Bureau
A former Energy Department official linked to the failed Solyndra solar enterprise deal continues to raise campaign money for President Obama and helped plan a fundraising luncheon that the president will attend in San Francisco on Tuesday. Steven Spinner, who remains in the top tier of Obama fundraisers, took part in a conference call in recent weeks devoted to planning the event at the W Hotel. He also has joined other Obama fundraising calls, according to a person familiar with Spinner's participation who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment publicly.
December 10, 2013 | Steve Lopez
When I got to the fundraiser Monday night for L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca, I was told the press was not welcome. Why not? I wondered. You'd think Baca would want the world to know that, despite one debacle after another in his department - including the indictment of 18 current and former staffers earlier Monday for alleged beatings of inmates and other crimes - he still had supporters who were willing to be seen in public. The cost of Monday night's love-in, by the way, was $1,500 a ticket.
February 13, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 San Fernando is putting together a barbecue on Saturday  from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the football field to raise funds for former head coach Sean Blunt, who has colon cancer. Blunt, who was an All-City player at San Fernando and has been a physical education teacher at the school, has two sons. Baseball Coach Armando Gomez said he hopes the San Fernando community will come out in support of Blunt.  
April 26, 2014 | By Ellen Olivier
The event: Taste for a Cure, a fundraiser for UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation honoring Steve Mosko, president of Sony Pictures Television, featured a stand-up routine by comedian Tom Papa, two songs by Darren Criss and a surprise duet by Criss and Lea Michele, which surprised Michele as much as it happily surprised the audience. The scene: Beneath projections of the Eiffel Tower that flanked the Beverly Wilshire's ballroom on Friday, guests enjoyed a food-filled reception of French specialties and fine wines before taking their places for plates of cheeses and desserts, a live auction and official ceremonies.
October 18, 2011 | By Katherine Skiba, Washington Bureau
When First Lady Michelle Obama comes home to Chicago on Oct. 25, a group photo with her at a campaign fundraiser won't come cheap. The asking price for a ticket to a "family photo reception" is $10,000, according to an invitation to the event. The invitation specifies that there may be a maximum of six guests in the photo. The first lady is visiting Chicago to attend a summit with Mayor Rahm Emanuel on the problem of food deserts, areas that lack access to nutritious foods.
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