First Lady, James Taylor Headline Campaign Fundraiser

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First lady Michelle Obama will visit the Colonial Theatre and the governor's Richmond home as part of a campaign swing for her husband's re-election.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Michelle Obama will join James Taylor at the Colonial Theatre on Friday, Aug. 3, then head to Gov. Deval Patrick's Richmond home for a select roundtable event.

The Daily Hampshire Gazette reported Monday that the first lady will make a campaign swing through Western Massachusetts. Patrick is a friend of the Obamas and a co-chairman of the President Barack Obama's re-election campaign.

The Gazette report states the day will begin with a $2,500-a-plate luncheon at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield.

Taylor, who has a home in the Berkshires, has been stumping for the president, taking the stage with the first lady earlier this year at two events in North Carolina. He and the president also attended a rally for the governor's re-election campaign two years ago.

The last first lady to visit the Berkshires was Laura Bush, who attended an event celebrating the library collection at The Mount in 2006 and who returned last year for a private visit at Edith Wharton's home.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton visited the yet-to-be-restored Colonial in 1998 as first lady during her Save America's Treasures Tour, designating the 1903 theater a National Historic Treasure.

The president is seeking re-election against presumed Republican nominee Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts, who has been raising more campaign money over the last months.

Hosts of the Springfield event said they hoped to have 100 people attend the luncheon. In Pittsfield, tickets to the Colonial event are $125 to $2,500 with proceeds benefiting the president's re-election campaign. Ticket applications can be found here.

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