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Bill for Dublin Hillary Fundraiser
November 7, 2007
By Debbie McGoldrick
FORMER President Bill Clinton will travel to Dublin to guest star at an Irish fundraiser for his wife Senator Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. The event, expected to earn at least $250,000 for the Democratic front-runner, will take place in the home of an American citizen in the Ballsbridge section the city on Saturday, November 17.
The event, which has attracted intense media interest in Ireland, is being organized by Declan Kelly, chairman and CEO of the global financial communications company FD.
Kelly, a native of Tipperary, has emerged as one of Clinton’s leading fundraisers, having hosted a number of Irish American parties throughout the U.S. in the past year which have topped up the Clinton campaign coffers by $1 million.
“There’s been a phenomenal reaction to the news that President Clinton is coming to Ireland for the event,” Kelly told the Irish Voice.
Those paying the $2,300 per ticket charge to attend the fundraiser will have to be either a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. However, a large number of Irish citizens are expected to show their support for the senator as they can attend the event as guests, provided their admission is paid for by a U.S. citizen.
“It’s going to be a great night,” said Kelly. “The Clintons are loved in Ireland, and the president’s attendance also is a strong indication that Ireland will continue to be at the center of a new Clinton administration, just as it was in the old one.”
President Clinton is no stranger to Ireland, having traveled there several times during his two terms in the White House. The senator has also been a frequent visitor, and the couple are held in high esteem in Ireland because of their efforts on behalf of the Northern Ireland peace process.
The only other presidential candidate to seek American financial support abroad so far in the campaign is Republican contender Rudy Giuliani, who traveled to London several weeks ago. That fundraiser, however, didn’t come close to netting what the Clinton night in Dublin will bring to the senator’s campaign.
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