Um, Dana?

It happenedagain.

President Bush arrives today for his fourth visit to the state headlining a pair of fundraisers where he will attempt to tap Mitt Romney’s formidable Utah money machine to support Sen. John McCain’s presidential bid.

Ticket sales for one of the two events have apparently been lackluster, prompting the McCain campaign to move the event.

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Romney and Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. will also co-host a $500-per-person afternoon fundraiser – with a $10,000-per-person private reception beforehand. The event was originally scheduled at the Grand America Hotel, but was moved to the Avenues home of Sam Stewart, a prominent investment fund manager.

Two Republican sources familiar with the event said that response to the afternoon fundraiser had been lackluster, prompting the campaign to move the event to the private residence.

Tickets were still available Tuesday afternoon.

The White House said Tuesday that, in Arizona, a fundraiser was moved to a private residence so it could be closed to the press, at the request of the McCain campaign.

Jeff Sadosky, a spokesman for the McCain campaign, would not address why the event was relocated.

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The president has been doing considerably less fundraising in 2008 than he did during the 2006 election cycle. So far this year he has raised $36.6 million for Republican candidates and committees.

By contrast, he raised $131.6 million in 2006, according to figures from the Republican National Committee.

7 thoughts on “Um, Dana?

  1. The fundraiser was relocated to a nearby private airstrip, where pallets of $100 bills were removed from unmarked C130s and loaded directly into the cargo bay of the Straight Talk Express.

  2. The meeting is being held at a $4million home in Salt Lake’s Avenues district, which once belonged to someone with connections to the Mob. Now it’s owned by a guy who is a big investment fund manager. As you can imagine, the whole north end of Salt Lake City is shut down; the Utah Highway Patrol has already barricaded streets for blocks in all directions. Even here in the reddest of the red states, Eu-taw, King George has to travel in his bubble!

  3. The meeting is being held at a $4million home in Salt Lake’s Avenues district, which once belonged to someone with connections to the Mob. Now it’s owned by a guy who is a big investment fund manager. As you can imagine, the whole north end of Salt Lake City is shut down; the Utah Highway Patrol has already barricaded streets for blocks in all directions. Even here in the reddest of the red states, Eu-taw, King George has to travel in his bubble!

  4. The next Bush/McCain fundraiser will be held in a Minnesota airport men’s room. Tickets are still available.

  5. it’s pretty hilarious that IN HIS OWN STATE mccain cannot get anyone to come to his fund raisers.
    picturing mccain feeling small and humiliated brings a smile to my face. he is reaping what he has sown.

  6. How do you get around contribution limits to have a $ 10,000 per person dinner? I thought the personal campaign contribution was somewhere around a couple of thousand dollars.
    Admittedly, the cheese dip is good, but it had better really be good to be valued at $ 7,000

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