McCain Pick Appears To Bring In $7 Million

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Sen. John McCain has taken in $7 million in contributions since announcing Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate, a top campaign aide said yesterday.

The bounce in new money may owe to Palin's appeal with conservative donors, many of whom said privately that they had planned on sitting out the campaign this year. The money rush has just beat the buzzer: After McCain accepts the GOP nomination Thursday, he will no longer be permitted to raise private money for his campaign.

That will not, however, stop McCain and Palin from raising money for the Republican National Committee. In coming weeks, McCain will host four big fundraising events in major cities, aimed at bolstering the accounts of the party. Palin, meanwhile, will be sent out to headline more than a dozen fundraising events for the RNC.

Shortly before Palin's announcement, one senior RNC official said that McCain's pick had "better like doing fundraising."

Like almost everything else she does, hosting these events will be something of a new experience for Palin. When running for governor of Alaska in 2006, Palin raised a total of $468,400.

-- Matthew Mosk

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