Clinton, Kaine, Trump hitting Chicago for fundraising

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Hillary Clinton, Tim Kaine and Donald Trump are all headed to Chicago for fundraising. | AP file photo

WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine are hitting Chicago in the coming weeks for major fundraising events in the city, with rival Donald Trump looking for campaign cash in suburban Bolingbrook.

Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee who makes relatively frequent fundraising stops in Illinois, will be in Chicago on Sept. 29. Kaine, the Virginia senator, has two events on Sept. 14, making his debut in the city as the Democratic vice presidential candidate. Trump is in Bolingbrook on Sept. 12.

In the weeks since the political conventions in Cleveland and Philadelphia, fundraising is stepping up, and the Chicago area is a big source of political money, even if the state is expected to go with Clinton. With the nominations official, the presidential nominees joined forces with their respective parties to raise money to help turn out votes for their respective tickets and down-ballot contests.

The tab for Clinton’s Sept. 29 early evening reception, according to an invitation obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times, runs from $2,700 for one ticket to $33,400 per table contributed or raised from other people, which includes a photo with Clinton, to $150,000 to donate or raise, which includes a VIP reception with Clinton.

Kaine headlines a Sept. 14 event at the home of Bernadette Keller and her husband, Bill Daley, President Barack Obama’s former chief of staff and President Bill Clinton’s former commerce secretary.

The other hosts at the Daley reception are Globetrotters Engineering CEO Niranjan Shah — who was a major donor to former President Clinton, former now-imprisoned Gov. Rod Blagojevich and others — and his daughter, Smita Shah, who also has become a major Democratic contributor. The other hosts are Susan Berghoef and Craig Martin, both Chicago lawyers.

The tab for the Daley event runs from $10,000 to contribute or raise — which gets the donor into a VIP reception — to $50,000, which includes a photo with Kaine.

Kaine also is the draw at a reception at the home of De and Paul Gray, the art dealer. The other hosts are John Atkinson, the insurance executive and major Democratic donor; Lilli Scheye, a Weigel Broadcasting executive; Jane and Bob Clark, the CEO of Clayco; Grace Tsao-Wu of Tabula Tua, also a major Dem donor, and Steve Cohen.

The price points are $5,000, which includes a photo with Kaine; $7,500 for a photo and a campaign briefing; and $25,000 to contribute or raise, which includes a VIP reception.

As earlier reported, GOP presidential nominee Trump hits Bolingbrook for a Sept. 12 fundraiser targeting major donors from Indiana and the Chicago area.

The organizers are Bolingbrook Mayor Roger Claar; Illinois Trump Victory Chair Ron Gidwitz; Dan Dumezich, the Trump-Pence Victory Indiana finance co-chair; and Robert Grand, the Trump-Pence Victory National finance co-chair.

The contribution tiers on the invite for the lunch at the Bolingbrook Golf Club range from $1,000 to $250,000.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, the GOP vice presidential nominee, canceled an Aug. 23 fundraiser that was to have been in Chicago’s Loop.

The Hillary Victory Fund is a joint fundraising committee with the Democratic National Committee and 38 states Democratic parties, not including Illinois.

Trump Victory is a joint fundraising committee created by the Trump for President Committee, the Republican National Committee and 11 state GOP parties, not including Illinois or Indiana.

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