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Hillary Clinton adds third Chicago fundraiser: Hits hometown May 19, 20

WASHINGTON — Not wanting to leave any campaign cash on the table,  2016 Democratic White House hopeful Hillary Clinton is adding a third fundraiser to her Chicago schedule when she hits her hometown next week.

The addition according to an invitation obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times: A $2,700-per-person May 19 reception will be at the Chicago home of Barbara Manilow, a longtime major donor and fund-raiser for President Barack Obama and other Democrats.

Last week I reported Clinton comes home on May 20 for major fundraisers at the homes of two longtime supporters, business executives Fred Eychaner and J.B. Pritzker and his wife, M.K.

The invitations for those events, obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times, said “Please join us for a conversation with Hillary Rodham Clinton in support of Hillary for America.”

Jeremy Hallahan, the Illinois Finance Director for Hillary for America in an e-mail to prospects about the added Manilow event said, “It is very exciting to have our first Hillary event in Chicago in less than two weeks. We had such a strong response, and spots are filing up so quickly that we are adding another stop in Chicago! On Tuesday, May 19 we are adding an additional reception with Hillary Clinton. If you or your friends cannot make the 20th, please join us on the 19th!”

The events are the first Chicago visits for Clinton since she declared for president last month.

 Manilow is a member of Chicago’s Crown family. A cousin, Susan Crown,  is a major fund-raiser for Jeb Bush.

The fundraiser at the home of Eychaner, one of the major Democratic donors in the nation, is from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

J.B. Pritzker is a longtime Clinton backer. He was a major supporter and fundraiser when Clinton ran the first time in 2008, even as his sister, now Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, was the national finance chair for President Barack Obama. The Pritzker event will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The ticket price is $2,700 per person. Anyone who raises $27,000 becomes a “Hillstarter.” Hosts of the event are being asked to raise $50,000.

The 270 is a reference to the number of electoral votes needed to become president.