Signed, Sealed

Seems Republican lobbyists are closing ranks around Sen. John McCain, hosting an exclusive, high-dollar fundraiser (full article only available to Roll Call subscribers) for him in Washington, DC tomorrow night -- the venue is the Willard Hotel which is a block from the White House and which, rumor has it, was the birthplace of the term "lobbyist." Got your $2,300 ready?

It looks like the event will draw in new support, as well as highlight McCain's longtime lobbyist pals:

Many of the 40 lobbyists who are serving as co-chairs for the Tuesday event, which is expected to be his only Washington-area fundraiser until the annual RNC gala in May, have been with McCain since the beginning. For instance, Charlie Black and his wife, Judy; former McCain aide Rob Chamberlin, now at McBee Strategic Consulting; Juleanna Glover of the Ashcroft Group; Arizona-based lobbyist Robbie Aiken and telecom lobbyists Walter McCormick and Tim McKone all have signed on to bring at least $10,000 in contributions for the event. Keith Nahigian and his brother Ken, both of Nahigian Strategies, have been traveling with McCain and also have signed on as co-chairs.

McCain, who has denounced influence-peddling and big money, has seen a surge of support recently from Republican lobbyists. While many took time off after candidates they backed dropped out, they now are trying to gain traction within the McCain operation.

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