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On the way to Obama's San Francisco fundraiser: CAMPAIGN 2012

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Uploaded on Nov 6, 2011

Disappointed Democrats protest Obama's SF visit: October 26, 2011

Wealthy donors to Democratic Party turn their backs on Obama, protest downtown fundraiser to show anger with his leadership

In a powerful display of profound disappointment with President Obama, some of the Democratic Party's biggest donors gathered Tuesday - not inside his tony San Francisco fundraiser at the W Hotel, but outside on the sidewalks carrying signs in protest of his policies.

But on Tuesday, instead of dining with the elite crowd of about 200 who paid at least $5,000 a head - and up to $7,500 for a photo with the president - at the two-hour luncheon, the Democratic activist, who could easily afford the fundraiser, said it was more important to stand outside with an estimated 1,000 demonstrators.

While the largest faction rallied against the pipeline, there were also antiwar protesters; supporters of Bradley Manning, the U.S. soldier accused of giving documents to WikiLeaks; people from the Occupy SF camp; and a group protesting the Obama administration's recent crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries across California.

Chronicle Political Writers: Carla Marinucci and Joe Garofoli

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