President Barack Obama is scheduled to stop in Seattle next week, the third time in seven months he will visit the state’s largest city to raise money.
His re-election campaign hasn’t released many details of the trip yet. It’s a stop with two campaign fundraisers at the end of a Western swing that includes Nevada, California and Portland. He then heads for New Orleans.
If the pattern of previous trips holds, he can expect to rake in more than $1 million from one campaign event, with tickets going for just less than $18,000, and hundreds of thousands more at a more modestly priced event.
Washington is the seventh-best state for Obama when it comes to raising money. For the 2012 presidential election cycle, reports filed with the Federal Elections Commission show he’s raised slightly less than $5 million from donors reporting Washington state ZIP codes.
Donations from Seattle-area ZIP codes have provided three-fourths of the money Obama has raised in the state for his re-election, or about $3.8 million since early 2011, according to FEC records.
By comparison, donations reported from Spokane-area ZIP codes during the same period total just under $93,000. Obama has never visited the Lilac City as a candidate or as president, although his wife, Michelle, made a stop at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox before the 2008 precinct caucuses.
Obama’s Washington fundraising total doesn’t include all of the money he raises in his Seattle-area stops.
On May 10 and Feb. 15 of this year, and Sept. 25 last year, Obama held high-priced events in suburban Seattle for fewer than 100 people, with tickets that cost $17,900 each. That’s more than the campaign can keep from a single donor, so the proceeds are split with another political entity, such as the national Democratic Party.
Those three events collected more than $3.5 million, according to figures released by the campaign at the time. Obama also visited Seattle in Aug. 18, 2010, to campaign for the re-election of Sen. Patty Murray at a similarly priced event; it raised $1.3 million that was split between Murray and the state Democratic Party.
Along with the high-priced fundraisers, Obama usually also holds an event with a larger crowd and a lower ticket price. At a concert and speech at Seattle’s Paramount Theater in May, tickets went for $1,000.