McCain's Big Night
Updated 4:14 p.m.
By Matthew Mosk
Sen. John McCain will hold the largest fundraiser of his career in New York City tonight, an event that organizers now predict will raise $7 million for his White House bid.
The fundraiser is the first event at which the senator will couple his own fundraising efforts with those of the Republican National Committee and with several of McCain's state committees, meaning he is able to legally raise $70,000 from each guest. The invite, though, seeks a mere $25,000 per couple for VIPs and $2,300 to attend a general reception. One organizer said those attending the event include New York investment banker Lewis M. Eisenberg and is hosted by New York Jets owner Robert Wood Johnson IV.
McCain's "special guest" is none other than his former rival for the GOP nomination, Rudolph Giuliani. The list of hosts, chairmen and guests is a who's who of New York and American politics, including Henry Kissinger, former Sen. Al D'Amato and former Democratic Party vice presidential nominee, Sen. Joseph Lieberman.
Familiar names from finance are also on the list, including billionaire Henry Kravis, Blockbuster video chain founder Wayne Huizenga, and famed corporate raider Carl Icahn.
The full list can be viewed here.
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