LA JOLLA (CBS 8/CNS) - Hillary Rodham Clinton attended a breakfast fundraiser for her Democratic presidential campaign Friday at the La Jolla home of Qualcomm co-founder Irwin Jacobs and his wife, Joan.
Guests at what was billed as a "Conversation with Hillary" paid $1,000 and $2,700, the maximum individual contribution for a candidate seeking his or her party's nomination under federal law.
"It's a little bit of a sacrifice monetarily but definitely worth doing,” said Tryce Czyczynska who was attending the event.
This was Clinton's first visit to San Diego since she declared her candidacy for president. She pulled up in a caravan at 9:30 a.m. Friday, exiting a silver car.
"She's a heads up woman who is a humanitarian. She clearly cares about people and that's what we care about,” Irwin Zahn said.
"I met her years ago at a luncheon and she's a charming woman and it's very exciting. I'd be very happy to see her again today,” said one woman nearby waiting for Clinton’s arrival.
Mark Arabo, who leads a local organization of small retailers and advocates for persecuted Christians in the Middle East, posted a photo of himself with the candidate on Twitter.
"Honored 2 share some time w/HillaryClinton 2day," he wrote. "We discussed measures taken 2 assist religious minorities."
The breakfast event was the next-to-last stop on a four-day, five-state fundraising trip that began Tuesday with events in Colorado in Aspen and Denver, and included stops in Utah, Oregon, Northern California and Los Angeles.
However, the event was not without controversy, as protestors lined the streets with signs.
"Her email accounts, what she did prior to the attack in Benghazi, what did you talk to Obama about the night of the attack,” said one protestor.
After the event in La Jolla, Clinton was scheduled to fly to McAllen, Texas.
The former first lady's La Jolla hosts were major financial backers of President Barack Obama's presidential campaigns. Irwin Jacobs contributed more than $2 million to super PACs that supported Obama in 2012 and $23,000 directly to Obama and the Democratic Party, according to the political news website Politico.
This was the 67-year-old was last in the city in June 2014, when she signed copies of her book, "Hard Choices," and later spoke at a biotech conference.
In Los Angeles on Thursday, Clinton met with a group of home care providers, praising the work they do and the contributions they make to the nation's health care system, and attended a $2,700-per-person fundraiser at the Brentwood home of music industry talent manager Scooter Braun and his wife, Yael.
As she did in her previous Los Angeles-area fundraisers, Clinton discussed her commitment to being a champion for everyday Americans and outlined the "four fights" that are the focus of her campaign -- building an economy of tomorrow; strengthening America's families; defending America and its core values; and revitalizing democracy, according to a campaign aide who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Reality television personality Kim Kardashian West and her third husband, rapper Kanye West, were among the approximately 225 people in attendance.
Kim Kardashian West tweeted a photo of herself, her husband and Clinton, declaring, "I got my selfie!!! I really loved hearing her speak & hearing her goals for our country! #HillaryForPresident."