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.

  • Jacque Denise Yap

    well a good one to raise funds then but i hope that john McCain handles good in economic too since oil price is going higher and higher, and The soaring prices are affecting the costs of everything from food to housing market crisis. There are also significant issues on local and global environmental impact. While there are many issues, we need to look at our next leader and determine which will have the best course of action going forward…..I recently watch the two video in Pollclash about this issue, Obama and McCain talk about this…

  • Jacque Denise Yap

    if you want to hear the whole story about it http://pollclash.com

  • Jerry

    Oil prices are dropping again at the time of Jacque Denise Yap’s respnose. Check you facts!!!