As Democrats fret about being outspent in their ill-fated effort to recall the Wisconsin governor, President Obama headed to California on Wednesday in his continuing drive to fill his campaign coffers for November.
Obama was scheduled to pack in five fundraisers in a day and a half in California, hitting a new money-chase milestone: his 150th fundraiser.
Obama has been outpacing previous sitting presidents in his rush for cash, mindful of a new wave of spending from opposition groups that threatens to undermine his incumbent advantage.
California has been especially helpful in his effort. Obama was expected to collect checks worth more than $10 million during his brief visit. He first stopped in San Francisco to rub elbows with tech people before heading south to hit up the show people in Los Angeles.
Introducing Obama at a luncheon in San Francisco, Hall of Famer Willie Mays said, "We have a man that we want to get back into the White House. We need him."
Obama came on stage, and they embraced. Obama said he couldn't have made history as he did without ballplayers such as Mays and Jackie Robinson "to lay the groundwork for a more inclusive America."
Obama was scheduled to cap the Wednesday blitz with a large Beverly Hills gala hosted by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Leadership Council. Ellen DeGeneres was slated to speak. Actor-singer Darren Criss, of "Glee" fame, was on the bill.
The crowd Wednesday night was expected to welcome Obama warmly. Gay and lesbian supporters have been riding high since president endorsed same-sex marriage last month.
The 150 events have taken place since Obama filed as a candidate for re-election in April 2011, according to CBS.
Republicans pounced on the pace of Obama's fundraising.
"Instead of taking action to create jobs, the president has decided to focus on holding a record 150 fundraisers to save his own. It must be tough being president when there are so many parties to attend," said Republican National Committee spokesman Matt Connelly.