In Presidential Elections, California Provides Financial Heft to Be Used in States That Matter

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President Barack Obama waves as he arrives on stage to address the U.S. Conference of Mayors during their annual meeting at a hotel in San Francisco on Friday, June 19, 2015. Looking on are House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and U.S. Conference of Mayors President Kevin Johnson of Sacramento. (Credit: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Last week proved anew just how convincingly California has become the place where politicians go to rich people’s homes to talk about the lives of less-fortunate people they rarely meet.

President Obama crossed into Southern California airspace on Thursday and promptly took part in two events with donors, one at the home of producer Chuck Lorre and the second hosted by entertainer Tyler Perry. Later he had dinner with Hollywood moguls Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg.

“Just dinner with friends,” White House spokesman Eric Schultz said.