Joe Biden to lunch in downtown Palo Alto to raise campaign funds

Former vice president faces lags in campaign funding compared to other high-profile presidential candidates

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden will be in Palo Alto on Thursday for a private fundraising luncheon that is expected to take place at a downtown restaurant, sources familiar with the event said.

The fundraiser is set to take place at the Greek restaurant Evvia Estiatorio, located at 420 Emerson St. Among the hosts are U.S. Ambassador to Belgium Denise Bauer; real estate magnate George Marcus (who owns Evvia Estiatorio) and his wife, Judy; Dashboard Technology President Wade Randlett and his wife, Lorna; Palo Alto real estate developer John McNellis; trial attorney Joe Cotchett and others. The per-person tickets range from $1,500 to $10,000. The lattermost level includes a VIP reception, according to an invitation.

Biden is also scheduled for a fundraiser in San Francisco early Thursday evening that will be hosted by U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and her husband, Richard Blum. His swing through the Bay Area was preceded by fundraisers by his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, who appeared at three events in Los Altos and San Francisco on Sept. 27 and two in Sonoma and Fremont on Sept. 28.

Biden is lagging behind other primary candidates in campaign contributions, having brought in $22 million by the quarter ending on June 30, placing him seventh among top candidates. Democratic U.S. Sens. Bernie Sanders raised $46.4 million and Elizabeth Warren raised $35.6 million. President Donald Trump, who is running for re-election as the front-running Republican candidate, raised $124 million, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission.

The last time Biden came through the area was in June, when he attended three high-priced, private fundraisers in San Francisco, Belvedere and Los Altos, according to news reports.

Biden's trip to the Bay Area comes on the heels of public events in Nevada, where he made stops in Las Vegas and Reno on Wednesday. Biden called out the president in Reno over the scandal that has led to an impeachment probe. Biden said that Trump allegedly solicited help from a foreign government to dig up political dirt on Biden and his son, Hunter, during a July 25 telephone call to the president of Ukraine, which betrayed the foreign policy and national security interests of the United States in the service of his own re-election.

In his speech, the former vice president targeted the president's character and urged voters to consider how the country has arrived at "this sobering moment in our history," according to speech notes provided to the media.

"The American presidency is an office of immense power. That's why character matters more in a president than any other office in our government," he said.

Addressing the president, he added: "I'm not going anywhere. You're not going to destroy me. And you're not going to destroy my family."

Biden isn't the only presidential candidate making last-minute sweeps through the Bay Area before the next campaign-funding reporting cycle closes on Oct. 10. U.S. Sen. Cory Booker is scheduled to be in Menlo Park for an event hosted by Linda and Ted Schlein and in Los Altos for a fundraiser hosted by Elizabeth and Michael Brazinski. U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar raised money at an event hosted in Atherton by Kim Young and John Morague on Tuesday. Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris also came to northern California for private events on Sept. 29 and 30.

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Posted by quid pro quo donnie
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Oct 3, 2019 at 1:12 pm

Can't wait until the better candidates come visit California. Love Joe, but he's my third choice.

Love that Trump told us how he committed treason trying to get Ukraine (and now China, today) to make up stories about Biden. May be the best contribution Biden makes to the 2020 election!

Americans are listening to you, Donny!

"Perilous times for Trump: By 45%-38%, Americans support impeaching him over Ukraine allegations, poll finds
Susan Page, USA TODAY Published 5:00 a.m. ET Oct. 3, 2019"

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Posted by Oscar
a resident of another community
on Oct 3, 2019 at 2:35 pm

Biden will not answer questions about how he, as Vice-President, helped his son Hunter get income from contracts in Ukraine and China. Trump has done plenty of that for himself and his family. Neither should be President. Biden v. Trump would be a repeat of Clinton v. Trump.

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Posted by Party before Country
a resident of Castro City
on Oct 3, 2019 at 2:42 pm

The investigation showed no impropriety and Guiliani was told so. He ignored that and continued to lie in order to deflect attention the panicked future impeached president who once again.
I've refilled my popcorn 2 times already. Such fun :)

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Posted by quid pro quo donnie
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Oct 3, 2019 at 2:43 pm

> Biden will not answer questions

He has answered. Your false frame ("helped his son Hunter get income from contracts") shows you haven't read up on the issue of Guilliani fabrications.

> Biden v. Trump

Won't happen. Biden probably will not be the nominee. And trump's collusion and quid pro quo with Ukraine and China to get them to make up stories on Biden will get him impeached.

It'll be Pence losing to one of the other Dems, probably in quite a landslide.

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Posted by Paly Girl
a resident of another community
on Oct 3, 2019 at 2:55 pm

I've lived in Palo Alto my whole life and these "fundraising campaign" events are so disruptive to the community with regard to traffic shutdowns, crowds of protesters/supporters, motorcades, etc. That being said, they couldn't have picked a better restaurant to hold this event. Evvia is definitely a community favorite!

Regarding Joe Biden, it seems that donating to his campaign is just throwing good money after bad. He won't get the nomination and, if he needs funding, can't he go to his son Hunter for support? Oh yeah, probably not...there are campaign finance rules against accepting foreign money.

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Posted by silly
a resident of Castro City
on Oct 3, 2019 at 7:27 pm

Trump stood on the white house lawn TODAY and broke the law by soliciting foreign government help in an election.

Out loud. Recorded. To reporters.

Guilty as f***.

The lies about Biden is one thing, breaking laws to spread them?


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Posted by quid pro quo donnie
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Oct 4, 2019 at 7:04 am

See Federalists papers 22 and 68, and Washington's Farewell Address.


Washington, Hamilton, Madison: beware of foreign influence

Trump: yo, China, wanna negotiate a trade deal? Off up dirt on my opponent first.


G. Washington: "Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence...the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake, since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of republican government."

Trump: yo, wanna make a dirty deal?

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