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Sweet: McCain won't disclose details about Friday fund-raising event in Chicago. Obama Chicago funders Saturday


INDIANAPOLIS, IND.—Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the presumptive GOP nominee, was in Chicago on Friday for fund-raising—though his campaign declined to disclose where. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) on Saturday night has a high-end fund-raising reception at a home in Lakeview, —he did not reval the hosts or the host committee, but I have the list below.

That’s followed by a lower dollar gathering that was disclosed and where Crain’s Chicago Business columnist Greg Hinz will serve as the pool reporter.

While McCain’s schedule routinely notes his finance events on his daily schedule, his campaign refused yesterday to release details of where he is going in the city to raise political cash. That’s hardly the mark of a transparent candidate. At issue here is at least knowing the barebones details. Arguing for press access is another matter. Anyway, my Chicago Sun-Times colleague Abdon Pallasch said the McCain funder was to be at the Chicago Hilton and Towers on S. Michigan Ave.

“It's at the Hilton, competing for elbow room with The Irish American Fellowship Club and every other thirsty Irishman trying to crowd into Kitty O'Shea's,” Pallasch reports.

The high-end Obama reception is at the home of Jonathan Pizer and Brad Lippitz ;who live in the heart of Lakeview. Hosts for the event had to raise $15,000; tickets were $1,000 each. After that Obama will dash over to Gallery 1028 at 1028 Hooker Street on the city’s Near North Side for a reception at $200 per person, $50 for students.


Please Join
Michael Bauer, Paula & Jim Crown, David Egeland, Mark Fancher, Katherine Gehl, Jill & John Levi,
Karen Muchin & Charlie Kubert, Tamar Newberger & Andy Schapiro, Philip Palmer,
Jonathan Pizer & Brad Lippitz, John W. Rogers Jr., Bettylu & Paul Saltzman, Roger Simon, Amy Singh, Andrea & Alan Solow, Tina Tchen, Grace Tsao- Wu & Craig Freedman, Anne & Marcus Wedner*
* Host committee in formation
Welcome Back
Senator Barack Obama
with a reception benefiting
Obama for America
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Host Reception: 5:30 PM
General Reception: 6:30 PM
The home of Jonathan Pizer & Brad Lippitz
XXX W. XXXXXX. Chicago, IL

Host: $15,000 (Raise)
Supporter: $1,000 per person
RSVP required
RSVP information attached. If you are interested in becoming a host or for more information please contact Jordan Kaplan at (312) 819-2437 or
To RSVP online go to
Obama for America does not accept contributions from currently registered federal lobbyists, registered foreign agents, political action committees,
or minors under the age of 16.
Contributions to Obama for America are not tax deductible. Federal law prohibits the acceptance of corporate contributions
Paid for by Obama for America.
***Please include this page with your contribution***
 Yes, I would like to attend the event and contribute $1,000.
 I’m not able to attend but would like to show my support for Sen. Obama by contributing $______.
Please make checks payable to:
Obama for America 
c/o Illinois Finance 
P.O. Box 8210 
Chicago, IL 60680 
Fax your credit card information to: (312) 324‐3819 
Contribute now at: 
Please bill my personal credit card:  Visa     MasterCard     AMEX    Discover     
Amount: $________________ Maximum contribution $4,600 per person*
Card Number: _______________________________________Exp: ___________________
  Name as it appears on the card: ________________________________________________
                  Second Name on Card, if Joint Account*: ________________________________________
*Contributions will be evenly attributed between names.
    Signature: ___________________________________________________________________
    Second Signature for Joint Account: _____________________________________________
By signing above, you authorize us to charge your card in the amount indicated.  You also affirm that your contribution is  
made from personal funds and not from funds otherwise prohibited by law.
Obama for America does not accept contributions from currently registered federal lobbyists, registered foreign agents,
political action committees, or minors under the age of 16.
 Federal law requires us to use our best efforts to collect and report the name, mailing address, occupation and  
employer of individuals whose contributions exceed $200 in an election cycle.
First & Last Name: __________________________________________________________________
Referred By: ___________________________________________________________________
Address: __________________________________________________________________________
City/State/Zip: _____________________________________________________________________
Employer: _____________________________ Occupation: _________________________________
Work Phone: ____________________________Work Fax: __________________________________
Home Phone: ___________________________ Email: _____________________________________
*An individual may contribute a maximum of $2,300 per election (the primary and general are separate elections). By submitting your contribution, you agree that the first $2,300 is designated for the primary, and any additional amount up to $2,300 is designated for the general election.
Contributions or gifts to Obama for America are not tax deductible.  Federal law prohibits the acceptance of corporate contributions 
Paid for by Obama for America                              


I'm surpised that O'Bama isn't attending a St. Patrick's Day event wearing the O'bama St.Patrick day t-shirt and button for sale on his website:

Great work Lynn!

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