Ah, the thrill of the hunt. Now that it’s hunting season, lawmakers are putting small animals--and big dollars--in their crosshairs with a panoply of guns-and-cammo fundraisers.
So get the rifle ready, pack your warmest socks, and be sure to leave Dick Cheney off the invite list.
On Monday morning, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and his pals will be trading tailored suits for orange vests as they hunt pheasant at the Bristol Mines Farm in King George, Va. Hosts include former senator Bob Dole and former congressman Billy Tauzin, a noted hunting enthusiast.
These are some pricey birds:Cost of attendance starts at $1,500 and goes up to $5,000.
If quail is your prey of choice, there are events coming up this weekend. Democrats can opt for a weekend at the Southwind Plantation hosted by Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) for his Valley PAC. Bring a sporting attitude and a big checkbook-- admission costs $2,500.
Republicans might choose to hunt quail alongside GOP Sens. Richard Burr (N.C.) and Saxby Chambliss (Ga.), as they raise bucks (not the four-legged kind) for the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Participants can also hunt deer and and boar.
But this event, according to the invite, also has something for the PETA types in the crowd: Attendees can opt instead for unlimited golf, tennis, pool or workout facilities.
The “suggested contribution” for the weekend is five grand (hunting and lodging fees not included).
And to practice your aim for all these shoot-’em-ups, there’s an outing Monday in Price George’s County called “Shooting with the Sheriff.” There you can polish your skeet skills with Rep. Rich Nugent (R-Fla.), who was a real-life sheriff.
A mere $500 will have you shooting the clay.
When it comes to raising money, the hunt is on.