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A natural fundraiser who raised over $1B for conservative groups , John Von Kannon has died; he was known for creating a sense of community among donors.

"John Von Kannon, who spent more than 30 years as a vice president and top fundraiser for the Heritage Foundation, helping expand the conservative think tank’s membership and influence, died Sept. 5 at his home in Washington. He was 66.

"The cause was cancer, said Edwin Feulner, a founder and past president of the Heritage Foundation.

"Mr. Von Kannon was credited with raising more than $1 billion for the Heritage Foundation and other conservative causes. He was previously the publisher of the American Spectator magazine, a leading conservative journal of opinion."--Matt Schudel, The Washington Post

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