Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, defended the Bush tax cuts yesterday in a speech in New Hampshire. According to the Nashua Telegraph, Ayotte said that she’ll pursue a tax code rewrite "to avoid increases in taxes for the wealthy that kick in at year’s end without further congressional action.”
Tonight, she’ll be at a fundraiser held by the lobbyists representing an industry that benefit from those millionaire tax cuts—Wall Street.
According to PoliticalPartyTime.org, Ayotte is hosting a “Financial Services Dinner” this evening at Central Michel Richard in DC, where a plain hamburger costs $17. To be listed as hosts of the event, PACs have to donate $2,000 and individuals $1,000. Just to attend, it’s $1,000 for PACs and $500 for individuals.
She’s no stranger to the industry, having collected $1.3 million from the finance, insurance, and real estate (FIRE) sector during her time in Congress, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Executives at Elliot Management puts the hedge fund at the top of her donor list. Its founder Paul Singer, donated $3,142 to Ayotte's election campaign in 2010. He made the Forbes list of the "World's Billionaires" for the first time this year. Other top industry donors include Fidelity Investments, Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, and the Blackstone Group.
It is not known who attended the breakfast fundraiser for her leadership PAC earlier in the day.