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Rick Santorum to visit East Bay next week

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum will visit the East Bay for a fundraising event next Thursday evening.

Tickets for the March 29 event at the Alamo home of Ubokia.com CEO Mark Pine and his wife, Becky, start at $125 per person for a general dessert reception; $500 buys access to a VIP photo meeting with the candidate, and $2,500 buys access to the host committee’s private reception with the candidate. The hosts include former Rep. Bill Baker and his wife, Joanne; Realtors Richard and Mary Jo Bedayn; Tea Party activist Bridget Melson and her husband, Mike; Bob and Joan Stover; and the Frederick Douglass Foundation. (For the foundation’s California branch, click here.)

The Associated Press says Santorum, a former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, now has 263 delegates, while frontrunner Mitt Romney has 563; a candidate needs 1,144 delegates in order to clinch the nomination. Santorum is expected to have a strong showing in Louisiana this Saturday, where 46 delegates are up for grabs.

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.

  • Elwood

    Be still, my heart!

  • John W.

    He’s coming to take away our porn.

    The “Frederick Douglass Foundation?” Seriously? Yeah, I’ll bet if old Fred were around today, he would be out on the campaign trail for Rick Santorum and all the Tea Party candidates. He’d be especially fond of the voter ID laws.

  • Admittedly not a campaign finance law expert, but how can a foundation (even a nonprofit) be a host for a presidential (or congressional) candidate’s fundraiser? A foundation is a corporation, and corporations cannot contribute directly to a political candidate or even be listed as a “host” of a reception.

    Seems like this fundraiser was not checked by Rick Santorum’s lawyer — even if the campaign can even afford one.

  • Ardith Willner

    santorum is a nut case! I wouldn’t spend $5.00 of someone else’s money to listen to this religious zealot. THAT far right is just scary! Hopefully, the trip to the West Coast will put his campaign to bed!

  • Elwood

    The Santorum campaign is a dead, stinking fish.

    He should step aside for the good of the party and concentrate on beating the Ayrab in Nov.