CHICAGO--When John McCain hits the Windy City Monday for a high dollar fund-raiser at the Chicago Hilton, it's part of a four-city "Road to Victory Tour" package designed to lure high end donors. McCain is expected to haul at least $2 million out of the city on Monday to be divided between the Republican National Committee and state parties in the key battle ground states of Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
The latest word I have is NOT to expect McCain running mate Sarah Palin to show up with him. Even though McCain is taking public funding for his general election campaign--he can still headline events for party warchests.
The "Road to Victory Tour" receptions moves from Chicago to Miami on Sept. 15 to Los Angeles on Oct. 1 to New York on Oct. 14.
*An individual pledging to raise $200,000 gets a "universal pass" to all four events and all perks.
*A pledge to raise $50,000 gets a VIP reception, four photo-op tickets, a reception and two tickets for a private dinner with McCain.