President Barack Obama arrives Tuesday to once again shake the great Democratic piggy bank that is the Bay Area.

The president -- arriving late in the day from Seattle after raising money there for the Democratic National Committee -- will spend the night in the Bay Area before headlining a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee fundraising luncheon Wednesday at the Los Altos Hills home of real estate mogul George Marcus.

Tickets for the event went for $10,000 a person, including a photo opportunity and lunch, or $32,400 a couple, including a VIP photo opportunity and lunch. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco; DCCC Chairman Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y.; and Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, also are scheduled to attend the event.

The DCCC has raised about $124.7 million in this election cycle, while its Republican counterpart has raised about $101 million, according to The Associated Press.

Californians standing to gain from the committee's "Frontline" program -- for incumbents facing tough re-election fights -- include Reps. Ami Bera, D-Rancho Cordova; Scott Peters, D-San Diego; Julia Brownley, D-Thousand Oaks; Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Springs; and Lois Capps, D-Santa Barbara. The Cook Political Report, a renowned House race prognosticator, lists Bera, Peters and Brownley as the most vulnerable.

Obama headlined two Democratic National Committee fundraisers May 8 in Los Altos and San Jose. Last year, he was in the Bay Area for Democratic fundraisers in November, June and April.


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Later Wednesday, Obama will fly to Los Angeles, where he'll stay overnight before visiting a community college Thursday to talk about the importance of job-driven skills training, particularly for fast-growing sectors such as health care. He'll also attend another fundraiser.

Then he's headed back to Washington, D.C., where he'll meet Friday with President Otto Perez Molina of Guatemala, President Juan Orlando Hernandez of Honduras and President Salvador Sanchez Ceren of El Salvador. They and Vice President Joe Biden will discuss how to stem the flow of undocumented immigrants from Central America.

Josh Richman covers politics. Contact him at 510-208-6428. Follow him at Twitter.com/josh_richman. Read the Political Blotter at IBAbuzz.com/politics.