michelle_obama.jpgFirst lady Michelle Obama is in the Bay Area today to fundraise for her husband’s re-election campaign.

The first lady’s motorcade pulled up at about 9:30 a.m. to the Claremont Hotel Club & Spa in Berkeley, where Obama was hosting a breakfast fundraiser that cost attendees between $1,000 and $25,000 per seat.

Alice Waters, owner of the Berkeley culinary institution Chez Panisse, reportedly catered the breakfast. Afterward, Obama was scheduled to attend a fundraising lunch in San Francisco.

Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, had encouraged the first lady to come to the East Bay, Lee spokesman Ricci Graham said.

Obama’s trip comes less than two months after her husband kicked off his West Coast re-election effort in the Bay Area with several high-profile fundraisers in April. During that trip he also spoke at a town hall meeting at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto.

The April fundraising events were estimated to have brought in millions of dollars for the president’s campaign.

Janna Brancolini, Bay City News

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