Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and other Democratic women serving in the Senate plan to spend part of the weekend together raising money. (Mary Altaffer/AP)

The Democratic Senate Campaign Committee organized the four events in Denver, Los Angeles, Seattle and San Francisco weeks ago, according to DSCC spokesman Matt Canter, long before the recent controversy over reproductive issues and religious freedom.

A mix of incumbents and candidates will appear at the fundraisers, Canter said.

Democrats have been touting what could be a historic year for women in the Senate. So far, the DSCC is backing six incumbents — Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) — and five new candidates — Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.), former North Dakota attorney general Heidi Heitkamp, Rep. Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren, who is running in Massachusetts. (Susan Bysiewicz, a Connecticut Democrat, also is running to replace retiring Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, but the DSCC has so far remained neutral in the three-way primary.)

Though this weekend’s fundraisers are not directly tied to the recent controversy over contraception, the DSCC last week produced a video entitled “The GOP’s War on Women” that highlighted the recent controversy and promoted the campaigns of the six incumbents and five new candidates.

“If you don’t like what Republicans are doing, send a Democratic woman to the Senate,” the video says. “In fact, send them all.”

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