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Palin Fuels McCain Chicago Fundraiser

By Marcus Gilmer in News on Sep 8, 2008 8:40PM

2008_09_08_Mccainpalin.jpgArizona Senator and GOP Presidential Candidate John McCain is making a short stop-over in Chicago tonight for a fundraiser at a downtown hotel and the event is going to prove more lucrative than once thought thanks to the soaring popularity of McCain's VP choice, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. State Rep Jim Durkin of Westchester is coordinating the event and says that the money has come pouring in since the Palin choice was announced. "Since he named Palin, this has taken on a life of its own." It's a welcomed bounce for McCain, especially coming in the home state of his opponent, Senator Barack Obama.

The event is expected to raise at least $4 million. Of course, like all political fundraisers, this one is not a cheap date.

  • $1,000 - reception
  • $5,000 - a smaller reception and photo with McCain
  • $25,000 - dinner

Those expecting a Palin appearance will be disappointed; the avid hockey mom has bypassed Illinois for the more crucial swing state of Ohio where she will join McCain for some public appearances.