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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 11/02/2012

Campaign cash frenzy never ends


Money's part in the election. (Andrew Harrer)
The political fundraising machine is in perpetual motion, not even taking a break for the elections, always thinkin’ bout tomorrow. It’s what makes our democracy truly exceptional.

On Wednesday, for example, we got an e-mail from Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), who’s up for reelection in 2014, giving us a heads up to a “Holiday Reception in support of her re-election” on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at Fiola on Pennsylvania Avenue. (Only $5,000 for a Political Action Committee.)

The Democrats, even if they manage to hold on to the Senate this time around, are in a very bad way in 2014, our colleague Aaron Blake noted in September, saying the map looks “murderous” for the Ds.

This is the class that ran with Obama in 2008, but he’s not running, and the Democrats are defending 20 seats, while the GOP only has 13 up for reelection. And “12 of those 20 Democrats come from either red states (six) or swing states,” Blake wrote.

We liked the way Sen.Mark Warner (D-Va.) also up in 2014, styled his Oct. 18 invitation as a “Roundtable Lunch” Nov. 14 at Johnny’s Half Shell “to discuss the looming fiscal cliff. ”

So this is a serious, wonky policy lunch. Only $5,000 for a “co-host,” $2,500 for a sponsor and $1,000 for a “friend.” That’s very serious.

But it’s not just the Democrats who are hitting lobbyists and others up for campaign cash.

Loop Favorite Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), last seen two years ago landing his plane on a closed runway in Port Isabel, Tex., narrowly missing a maintenance crew working out there, is also up in 2014, when he’ll be a spry 79-year-old.

He invited us to join him Nov. 28 for his “Second Annual Seafood Birthday Celebration” with his favorite “Joe’s Stone Crabs” being flown in from Miami Beach. It’s at Charlie Palmer’s and only half the price of Warner’s lunch.

For those who want something out of town, Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), running in 2014, is hosting the “First Annual Idaho Hunting Excursion” in January in Haggerman, Idaho, featuring goose and duck hunting. The invite helpfully reminds us he’s on three Senate Committees, including Energy & Natural Resources.

Just because Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) isn’t running next cycle doesn’t mean you shouldn’t join him March 8-10 for his “Big Sky Winter Weekend” in Big Sky, Mont.

Did you miss a golden opportunity Wednesday to part with $1,500 — $2,500 for a PAC — for a Halloween lunch at Johnny’s Half Shell for Missouri GOP Sen. Roy Blunt’s ROYB Fund PAC ?

Not to worry. Our invite e-mail also includes info. on the “Annual Blunt Hunt” on Nov. 19 in King George, Va. and then the “Family Retreat” in Orlando at Disney’s Beach Club Resort over President’s Day weekend in February.

What? The election ads have driven the kids to distraction, and you can’t wait until February to get away?

No problem. You can join Reps. Bill Huizenga (R-Mich.) and Tom Reed (R- N.Y.) in Orlando on Nov. 9 for their first annual “Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure Family Weekend.” It’s $4,000 for a PAC, $2,000 for an individual.

By  |  07:00 AM ET, 11/02/2012

Tags:  campaign fundraising, 2014 elections, Kay Hagan, Mark Warner, Jim Inhofe, Jim risch, John Hoeven, Roy Blunt, Bill Huizenga, Tom Reed, Disneyworld, Universal Studios, Obama, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

 
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