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To celebrate 30th wedding anniversary, congresswoman asks for PAC money

(Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)

Considering the U.S. divorce rate, staying married for 30 years is cause for great celebration. Some women would want a nice dinner, a romantic getaway, a sentimental note. Others? Contributions to their political action committee.

Rep. Ilena Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) and her husband, Dexter, are throwing a party next month at the Coconut Grove Ritz Carlton in Miami to celebrate three decades of matrimony.

In lieu of gifts, their guests can send $1,000 to the IRL PAC (Ros-Lehtinen’s leadership PAC) or purchase a table for $5,000.

Because nothing says true love like political fundraising.

Of course, politicians often use special occasions — birthdays, holidays — as an excuse to solicit campaign contributions. And sometimes it’s not even their own celebrations. Remember the Obama campaign asking supporters to create gift registries for their wedding, birthday or anniversary to donate to Obama’s reelection?


(h/t Sunlight Foundation)

Colby Itkowitz is the lead anchor of the Inspired Life blog. She previously covered the quirks of national politics and the federal government.



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