Presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain will be in Santa Barbara on Monday, June 23, for a private fundraiser with some of the bigwig local Republicans – the same group who brought former candidate Rudy Giuliani to Santa Barbara twice during his run. The reception will be held at the home of Carol and Bill Foley at 4181 Creciente Drive. McCain will also hold a fundraising event in Fresno that day, and two more in Southern California the day following. The McCain supporters are also planning a green energy event in Santa Barbara for Tuesday morning. Details were unavailable.

McCain’s presumptive Democratic opponent, Barack Obama, visited the area in September for a large, well-publicized fundraiser at talk show host Oprah Winfrey’s house, as well as a public rally at Santa Barbara City College. There have been rumors that Obama will return, but nothing has been solidified.

Former candidates Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich and New York Sen. Hillary Clinton also have visited the Santa Barbara area during the months long campaign process.

“Senator John McCain is our party’s candidate for president and the best hope this nation has of maintaining its position as the greatest nation on earth,” said chair David Lack in an e-mail invitation Tuesday.

Individual tickets are $1,000 a person, while chairs can give or raise $43,100. Those who can pull off the high ticket receive four tickets to a private reception at 5:30 p.m. with two photo opportunities with McCain. Co-chairs can give or raise $10,000 and will receive two tickets to the private reception, along with one photo opportunity. The general reception will take place at 6 p.m.

The event is also listed on McCain’s website.


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