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McCain Sets a 'Colorado Record' with $3.2 Million Dinner

By Juliet Eilperin
CHERRY HILLS, Colo. -- Setting what multimillionaire investor Charles Gallagher called a "Colorado record," Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) raised $3.2 million Tuesday night in the Denver suburbs.

Standing on the patio of Gallagher's home, McCain made his usual fundraiser jokes about being welcomed "into this modest, middle-income tract home." After Gallagher murmured about the possibility of a tax break, the senator continued, "These public housing projects are quite remarkable."

McCain paid homage to former Rep. Bob Schaffer, who is running for the Senate this year to replace retiring Republican Wayne Allard, and to former Sen. Hank Brown (R-Colo.), a longtime supporter and fellow Vietnam War veteran.

"I will not let you down. I will always put my country first," McCain said. "This incredible fundraiser makes me even more committed to doing what's right for this country."

Gallagher's home abuts a country club golf course and is located just a couple of houses away from that of Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen. It featured the usual trappings of a fancy estate: gurgling fountains, manicured topiaries and elaborate fencing.

Tuesday's guests nibbled on appetizers that included Colorado lamb, a morel mushroom bruschetta, lobster salad and ahi tuna on sticky rice, followed by a salad course and Dover sole with caramelized onions. Attendees also received on their way out gift-wrapped copies of "Faith of Our Fathers," the book McCain wrote with his longtime aide Mark Salter.

On the same day that McCain's Senate colleague Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) was indicted on federal corruption charges, McCain said Republicans deserved plenty of blame for Americans hating Washington.

By Post Editor  |  July 29, 2008; 11:31 PM ET
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Keep in mind, McCain's $3.2 million haul is only possible because of how he sidesteps finance laws by funneling money into third parties. There's the national McCain victory fund, accepting contributions of $70k per person. Plus, his fat cat friends can donate unlimited amounts to his state victory funds.

Let's stop pretending that McCain is the honorable maverick that his campaign and the media sell him as. John McCain's version of public campaign financing is to take the taxpayer's money, and then use loopholes to sneak in the big money from special interests. So, in case the attack ads hadn't clued you in, this is the level of integrity and honor that you can expect from the man. He'll smile while he makes promises, then turn around and break that promise without a moment's hesitation.

Posted by: Justin | July 31, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

This is incredibly condescending to people who live in housing projects. I'm sure he knows NOTHING about that.

Posted by: Sheryl Ryan | July 30, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

"I will not let you down. I will always put my country first," John McCain.






Posted by: mnjam | July 30, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Ah, the 'country-club' crowd, the 'oil-pimps' - - I can't b-el-i-e-v-e this man is getting atleast 40% of support at this time !!!!!!
Hey Lou Dobs and his "independant" supporters, remeber to VOTE RICH and LIVE CRAPPY !!!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 30, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Just more of the old Double-Talk express. Which side of the tax issue does he really stand for?

What a poor candidate.

Posted by: JDB | July 30, 2008 9:22 AM | Report abuse

so the columnist makes fun of McCains jokes,,, but not Obama's givin gthe same speech over and over and over and over and over ..
no bias here.


Posted by: rea | July 30, 2008 9:18 AM | Report abuse

On a recent visit to a "town hall meeting"

Little Girl: "Mr McCain will you raise taxes?
McCain: No I will Not.....

But on the same week....

On Sunday, McCain when he told ABC's George Stephanopolous.

George Stephanopolous: Will you raise taxes
McCain: I cant take it off the table

So he'll take their money and then tax them for it...McCain a liar we can believe in

Posted by: AlexP1 | July 30, 2008 8:37 AM | Report abuse

No bad for someone who is quote "down in the polls"

VJ Machiavelli

Posted by: VJ Machiavelli | July 30, 2008 7:34 AM | Report abuse

What a quipster! What a scamp! Clever jokes about "public housing." Given all the subsidies the guy probably gets from our tax code, it probably should qualify as public housing. McCain will put [the rich of] America first, alright.

Posted by: Chuck | July 30, 2008 7:15 AM | Report abuse

As I've said many times, Senator McCain's Campaign should avoid any negativity. Why do you make me type over and over again??? Do not even mention Obama. It is absurd.

Posted by: premier | July 30, 2008 2:59 AM | Report abuse

man-o-man that drill, drill, drill as really opened up the spigots. Bet Rodham Clinton wishes she had thought of that one.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | July 30, 2008 1:50 AM | Report abuse

Well, of course, McCain raised millions at his gala dinner in Denver. After all, Colorado Springs is only a short drive away, and you can be sure that all the ultra right wing religious loonies were there pouring in the contents of their church collection plates. No doubt, James Dobbins was there, as well as the mega church hate preachers from the same town. One even suspects Ted Haggard was there although probably ingonito. It truly was a conclave of the religious vampires in America. Let them pour out their money to McCain's corrupt campaign. It will all be wasted and America will be better for it.

Posted by: David S. Robins | July 30, 2008 12:42 AM | Report abuse

Not bad considering his wife did it $10.00 at a time.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 30, 2008 12:06 AM | Report abuse

What a maverick!

Let's see: drill off-shore! ch-ching, here's a million in donation from big oil.

Behind closed doors in Denver: who knows who got what promised for $3.2m, but you can be sure that McCain was pimping something. Republicans aren't exactly the true believer types who just give out of idealism...

Posted by: Anonymous | July 29, 2008 11:46 PM | Report abuse

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