President will visit city Wednesday for fundraiser

May 27, 2006|BY A SUN REPORTER

WASHINGTON -- President Bush is expected to raise more than $1 million for Maryland Republicans at a reception in Baltimore on Wednesday, party officials said yesterday.

Bush, who is adding campaign events to his schedule as Republicans brace for tough contests in November, is expected to draw about 350 people to the Baltimore event, said John Kane, the state party chairman. White House and party officials declined to release information about the location of the reception.

"We're glad to have the president come," Kane said. "While people say that he's not very popular in Maryland, ... we'll take the president anytime we can get him. He's our commander in chief, and he will be very well received."

The money Bush raises can be used to help Maryland Republicans running for statewide office and for Congress, said Audra Miller, a party spokeswoman.

Bush's last fundraising visit to Maryland was in December, when he raised $500,000 for Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele's Senate bid at M&T Bank Stadium.

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