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Thursday, May 10, 2012 - Page updated at 07:30 p.m.

Obama to attend 2 fundraisers in Seattle

By Jim Brunner
Seattle Times political reporter

Fresh off his endorsement of gay marriage, President Obama is set to swing through Seattle for a pair of fundraisers Thursday.

Obama's fifth visit to the state since being elected includes no announced public events. Instead the president will make another cash withdrawal from his base of wealthy local supporters.

Expect some traffic disruptions before noon as the presidential motorcade moves from Boeing Field to the first fundraiser, a $35,800-per-couple brunch at the Seattle home of Ann and Bruce Blume. He runs a commercial real-estate firm and she serves on the boards of local nonprofits and universities. They recently listed their Broadmoor home for sale for $2.95 million.

The couple are major Democratic donors who have given more than $118,000 to federal Democratic candidates and committees since 2008, according to campaign-finance data maintained by the Center for Responsive Politics. They also gave $50,000 to help finance Obama's inauguration party.

Obama will attend a larger fundraiser about 3 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre, where supporters are ponying up $1,000 for general-admission tickets and $5,000 for a photo reception. Jam band leader Dave Matthews will perform at the event.

Obama has raised more than $3.4 million from Washington state donors, according to the Federal Election Commission. His Republican rival, Mitt Romney, has raised about $1.1 million from the state.

While it's not clear how Obama's gay-marriage pivot will play nationally, the president could hardly have asked for friendlier audiences to test his new message.

After his visit to liberal Seattle, Air Force One will jet off to California on Thursday afternoon for a star-studded fundraiser for the president at the home of actor George Clooney. That event alone is expected to bring in $15 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Jim Brunner: 206-515-5628 or jbrunner@seattletimes.com. On Twitter @Jim_Brunner.

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