There are at least seven Congressional fundraisers being held today--at concerts, golf courses, or boring old hotels. Here’s the list (via PoliticalPartyTime.org):
Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) is holding a "Labor Issues Breakfast" today at the National Democratic Club Townhouse. Ticket prices are $5,000 for PAC hosts, $2,500 for PAC sponsor, or just $1,000 to be a PAC friend. So far this election cycle, Rep. Conyers has raised $727,201 in campaign contributions, according to the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP). His top industries include lawyers & lobbyists and communications/electronics interests.
Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-La.) and Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.) are hosting a golf tournament at the Country Club at Woodmore in Mitchellville, Md. Ticket prices are $1,500, $1,000, and $500. Rep. Alexander has raised $700,629 in campaign cash this cycle, with transportation and Wall Street interests pitching in the most, according to CRP. Rep. Rehberg has raised $919,868. His biggest interests include energy & natural resources and miscellaneous business.
Fun Fact: Disgraced and imprisoned former lobbyist Jack Abramoff was once a member of this country club.
Rep. Tom Rooney (R-Fla.) is hosting a lunch today at the swanky Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar just blocks from the U.S. Capitol. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) will serve as a special guest. Ticket prices are $2,500 and $1,000. Rep. Rooney has raised $934, 828 this cycle, according to CRP. Top interests include Wall Street and miscellaneous business. Rep. Smith has raised $802,633, with the most coming from Wall Street and communications/electronics.
Sonoma has become a popular hangout for members of Congress and their donors, with 10 fundraisers there in May alone.
Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) is having a reception at the Phoenix Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. today. It's $2,500, $1,000, and $500 to get in. Rep. Welch has raised $563,272 this cycle, with top interests including labor and miscellaneous business. Though, to be fair, Rep. Welch recognizes our campaign financing system is broken. He is a co-sponsor of the Fair Elections Now Act (H.R. 1826), legislation that would sever the ties between Congress and special interests.
Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) will be rocking out with her campaign donors at the Carole King and James Taylor concert tonight at the Verizon Center in D.C. The suggested contribution is $2,500. Rep. DeGette has raised has raised $449,593 this cycle. Top interests include health care and communications/electronics.
Rep. John Hall (D-N.Y.) will also be at the Carole King and James Taylor concert for his own fundraiser tonight, at only $2,500 or $1,000 a ticket. Rep. Hall has raised $854,837 so far this cycle, with labor and Wall Street interests as his top industries. Like Rep. Welch, Rep. Hall is also a co-sponsor of the Fair Elections Now Act and understands the need to fix our broken campaign system.
And finally, Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.) will be holding a fundraiser at the Orioles and Yankees game at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Md. tonight. Tickets are $1,500 for PACs, or $750 for individuals. He's raised $560,318 so far this cycle, receiving a lot of money from the defense industry and labor. Rep. Ruppersberger is also a co-sponsor of the Fair Elections Now Act.