Obama Plans Cheap Ticket and Big Ticket Events in Alabama

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Democratic presidential candidate and U.S Senator Barack Obama visits Alabama on Monday for fundraisers designed to attract the average citizen and those with plenty of money.

The Illinois Democrat will stop in Huntsville Monday afternoon to attend a one-thousand dollar-a-plate private fundraising luncheon at the Heritage Club in Huntsville.

Obama then heads to Birmingham for a $25-per-person fundraiser at 5 p-m at the Sheraton Hotel downtown. Spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the event is considered his Alabama campaign kickoff and is designed to attract college students, young professionals and "people who haven't had a means to get involved" in politics in the past.

It is the only event Obama is having in Alabama that is open to the media.

Obama, a member of the Senate Health Committee, will also have a
cocktail reception at the Birmingham home of HealthSouth CEO Jay
Grinney. The cost is $2,300to attend the event.

To get ready for Obama's visit, his supporters are having a sign-making party at 10 am Saturday at Birmingham's Avondale Park.

Alabama Congressman Artur Davis is helping organize the event and will introduce Obama. A Davis spokesman said 1500 tickets had been sold as of Friday and as many as 2000 people are expected.

Obama's last visit to Alabama was on March 4th to attend the Bridge Crossing Jubilee in Selma.

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