McCain uses Palin as fundraising tool

CHICAGO, IL The campaign says that of the 47 million dollars he raised in August, 10 million came in the three days after he announced he had chosen Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate.

McCain told donors at a fundraiser yesterday that he's overwhelmed by the buzz Palin is generating for his White House bid.

McCain's campaign says the event raised four million dollars for the national Republican Party and state GOP committees, which will then spend it on McCain's behalf.

McCain spent about half of his speaking time boasting about Palin. The fundraiser, in Democratic candidate Barack Obama's hometown, followed several days of campaigning in which Palin has nearly overshadowed the head of the ticket.

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