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President Obama Coming To Culver City On April 21

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(credit: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

(credit: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

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CULVER CITY (CBS) —  President Barack Obama is coming to the Southland on April 21st, specifically he will appear at a fundraiser for his re-election campaign at Sony Pictures Studio in Culver City.

Tickets are $250 for general admission, $2,500 for VIP seating and $100 for those under 40 years old and can be obtained on his campaign’s website, Barackobama.com.

The trip will be Obama’s sixth to the Los Angeles area since being elected president in 2008.

Obama officially began his re-election effort Monday, filing the required documents with the Federal Election Commission and sending an e-mail to supporters, which included a two-minute, nine-second video with volunteers from his 2008 campaign explaining the importance of working on behalf of his re-election.

In the e-mail, Obama explained he is starting his campaign now “because the politics we believe in does not start with expensive TV ads or extravaganzas, but with you — with people organizing block-by-block, talking to neighbors, co-workers and friends. And that kind of campaign takes time to build.”

In response the Republican National Committee released an Internet commercial and website titled, “Hope Isn’t Hiring,” and began a 72-hour fundraising effort with a goal of raising $270,000, representing $1,000 for every electoral vote needed to win the 2012 presidential election.

“It’s official — President Obama’s re-election campaign is off and running, meaning once again, the president is putting politics ahead of the work of the people,” Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said.

“Despite a looming government shutdown, a new military operation in Libya and Tax Day around the corner, President Obama made the decision to focus on kicking off his billion-dollar campaign.

“As the debt and reckless spending championed by this administration threatens to snuff out the recovery and future job growth, the president’s conscious decision to take a back seat on leadership is downright irresponsible. Simply put, America can’t afford four more years of Barack Obama.”

In his e-mail, President Obama said “though I’m focused on the job you elected me to do and the race may not reach full speed for a year, the work of laying the foundation for our campaign must start today.”

 (©2011 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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