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John McCain’s coming to raise big $$$ in SF

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain is holding a big-ticket fundraiser at 6 p.m. Monday, July 28 in the Fairmont Hotel atop San Francisco’s Nob Hill. (Hold on, there… Raising money in the cradle of those “San Francisco values?” What will all those red-staters say?)

Chairs of this event are asked to raise at least $100,000, which gets them into a private reception and photo op with the candidate; head-table seating at the chairman’s dinner; membership on the California Victory Advisory Team and listing in the dinner’s program. Give or raise $43,100 or more and you’re a co-chair with access to the reception/photo op, two priority-seating tickets to the dinner and so on; vice chairs giving or raising $25,000 or more get all but the priority seating; and deputy chairs giving $15,000 or more get into the reception/photo op, one ticket to the dinner and mention in the program.

But wait, you, say — aren’t individual contributions to presidential campaigns capped at $2,300? Indeed they are. But as the fine print on the RSVP form says, if you ante up that $43,100, the first $2,300 goes to McCain’s campaign, then $2,300 to his legal fund, then $10,000 to the California Republican Party’s federal account, and then $28,500 to the Republican National Committee. Spread the joy!

Also, you’ve gotta love the e-mail address of Caitlin Ashlock, who’s taking RSVPs for the dinner: CASHLOCK@mccain08hq.com. Cash lock, indeed.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.