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Dems' party with Bill Clinton sells 1,500 tickets

MONTGOMERY (AP) — The Alabama Democratic Party has sold all 1,500 tickets for a party fundraising dinner with former President Clinton Friday night in Birmingham and is trying to squeeze in more tables, party spokesman Zac McCrary said Monday.

“The response has been phenomenal,” McCrary said.

Clinton is scheduled to speak at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center, with tickets ranging from $150 for a single ticket to $5,000 for sponsoring a table for 10, which gets the sponsor a photo with Clinton. McCrary said the event should net $250,000, which will be used to operate the party as it prepares for the 2008 elections.

Clinton spoke at a similar fundraising dinner for the state party in 1990, when he was governor of Arkansas and was gearing up for a presidential race two years later. Clinton was last in Alabama on March 4 to be inducted into the National Voting Rights Hall of Fame in Selma. and to join his wife, U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York, at events commemorating the Selma-to-Montgomery voting rights march of 1965.

Hillary Clinton will not be accompanying her husband to Birmingham, McCrary said.

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