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SPORTS_SOC-WCUP-SLOVENIA-USA_5_ABA.jpgIt's not unusual to hear a politician blowing his or her own horn. But a vuvuzela?

Two Democratic lawmakers are hoping to tap into World Cup fever to rally cash for their re-election bids, with early morning fundraisers to watch tomorrow's match between U.S.A .and Algeria.

Assemblyman Bill Monning of Carmel has invited backers to watch the match during a 7 a.m. Irish breakfast at DeVere's Irish Pub. Contribution levels coincide with key positions in the clubs, including $500 "striker" and $3,900 "coach," according to an invitation.

Meanwhile, Sen. Lois Wolk of Davis has invited supporters and soccer fans to gather at Gallagher's Irish Pub at 7:30 a.m. Donors will drop $1,000 to $2,500 to watch the contest with Wolk, a retired soccer commissioner for the American Youth Soccer Organization.

It's not the first time lawmakers have sold World Cup access to fill their campaign coffers. In 2006, then-Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez sold packages to join him at three Berlin World Cup matches to benefit a package of ballot measures. The cost? $25,000 a pop, plus airfare.

IMAGE: Slovenia's Marco Suler, left, and the USA's Jozy Alditore (17) battle for the ball during a Group C match at the 2010 FIFA World Cup at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, Friday, June 18, 2010. The match ended in a 2-2 draw. (Christophe Guibbaud/ Cameleon/ Abaca Press/ MCT)


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