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.