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House candidate to raise $$$ for charity

By Josh Richman
Monday, March 24th, 2008 at 8:50 am in Elections, Ellen Tauscher, General, U.S. House.

gerber.jpgIt isn’t every day that a political candidate uses the campaign’s bully pulpit to raise money for something other than the campaign itself.

But that seems to be the case out in the 10th Congressional District, where Moraga businessman Nicholas Gerber — unopposed in the June 3 Republican primary, headed for a showdown with incumbent Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Alamo, in November — is organizing a “Twist On Politics” charity fundraising event.

Gerber says he was sickened to realize this year’s presidential contest will cost upward of $1 billion, and found himself musing what even a tiny fraction of that sum would do for a needy community organization that either is headquartered in, or does a significant amount of work in, the 10th Congressional District.

So through his campaign’s Web site he’s asking local residents to nominate local charities they believe are worthy, and the one with the most votes will get the proceeds of a Scrabble tournament fundraiser scheduled for Sunday, May 25 at the Lafayette Veterans Memorial Hall, 3780 Mt. Diablo Blvd.

Melinda Gerber, the candidate’s wife, tells me all the money raised will go to the charity, none to the campaign. “When it comes time to do the fundraising, checks will be made payable to the charity and donors will receive a receipt and the usual tax deduction,” she said. “None of the funds will flow through us.”

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