President Barack Obama and Colorado Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet will travel to Georgia in mid May for a high dollar fundraiser as the guest of Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, according to a Democratic party official with knowledge of the event.
The May 19 brunch, to be held at the Atlanta headquarters of the Arthur Blank Family Foundation, will benefit the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, which has expressed tempered interest in Georgia’s 2014 U.S. Senate contest.
A Democratic official confirmed the event in an email to Tipsheet, but could not provide details on the cost of entry. Inquiries to Blank aides and other event organizers were not immediately returned.
Along with Blank, whose nonprofit has primarily contributed to Democratic candidates and causes since 2004, the president will be welcomed to Georgia by two of the state’s most prominent Democrats, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and former Gov. Roy Barnes.
Obama last visited Georgia in February as part of a two-state southern swing to drive support for the legislative agenda he unveiled at the State of the Union address earlier this year.
The May fundraiser was first reported by Creative Loafing.
UPDATE: Mayor Reed reacted strongly Wednesday to Creative Loafing’s report, accusing the altweekly of taking a “cheapshot” at the president’s expense by not mentioning the “purpose” of the southern jaunt.
@thomaswheatley what a cheapshot.You forgot to mention the purpose of the President’s visit is to give the commencement speach @ Morehouse.
— Kasim Reed (@KasimReed) April 24, 2013
The article’s author, CL news editor Thomas Wheatley, said the event’s invitation made no mention of the Morehouse commencement address, but amended his story at the mayor’s behest.
- James Richardson