Rep. Tom Petri’s fundraiser offers flight to nowhere

The endless round of fundraisers can get a little tedious, and clever event organizers are constantly looking for ways to liven up the canapes-and-checkbooks routine. Looks like Rep. Tom Petri’s Thursday night fundraiser will be a novel one: attendees can take a turn in the cockpit of a flight simulator.

Remember that “bridge to nowhere”? This is a flight to nowhere.

The invitation to help fill the Wisconsin Republican’s campaign coffers promises the chance to “fly the friendly skies” at the facilities on Capitol Hill owned by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. Donors can live out their “Top Gun” fantasies--minus the MiG-dropping, we assume.

And the price is in line with a decent first-class airline ticket--it’s $500 for individuals and $1,000 for PACs.

It might not be as cool as that ice-driving range in Davos, but it’s better than a Wii.

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.

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