BOSTON (AP) — Michelle Obama is planning a trip to western Massachusetts to raise money for President Obama’s reelection campaign, including a $20,000-a-seat dinner with Gov. Deval Patrick.

On Aug. 3, the first lady will attend an afternoon fundraising reception at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield.

Singer James Taylor will perform, with tickets starting at $150.

Later in the evening, Michelle Obama will attend a campaign roundtable and dinner at the Richmond home of Gov. Patrick and his wife Diane.

Tickets for the dinner begin at $20,000.

All money raised at the event will go to the Obama Victory Fund — a joint fundraising committee of Obama for America, the Democratic National Committee and several state Democratic parties.

Both Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney have relied on Massachusetts donors to bulk up their campaign coffers.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.


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