Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) wants to see you on Friday in Miami “for a Weekend in South Beach.” Yes, it’s an event at the luxury Shore Club South Beach “honoring” Diaz-Balart with a “suggested” campaign donation of $2,500. Make sure to dine at the world-famous Nobu restaurant. (Forecast high for Sunday is 81 degrees.) Or there’s Rep. Juan Vargas (D-Calif.), who has a Torrey Pines Golf and Family vacation in the weekend out in San Diego.
If you’re a baseball fan with a spare $2,500 and can brave the cold for just a bit longer, there are opportunities galore in Arizona, Florida and California to give money to endlessly needy lawmakers.
Sen. Ben Cardin’s LEGPAC wants you to watch the Maryland Democrat’s “home team Baltimore Orioles take on the Boston Red Sox on Saturday, March 7 in Sarasota. There’s a reception on Friday and golf on Sunday.” The suggested contribution level for this event is $5,000.
Also in Sarasota, Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) invites you to a Pirates game the same weekend, and he’d appreciate $5,000 for it. (He’s got some rooms at the Ritz Carlton – it “redefines personal service with a personal passion” – for you.)
Rangers, Indians, Royals and Brewers fans “Don’t miss out on Spring Training in Arizona with Rep. Roger Williams,” (R-Tex.), who’s a “former Atlanta Brave” (farm team), our invite says. Texas and Cleveland play on March 8, and Kansas City and Milwaukee the next day. There’s golf at the Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park, Ariz. the day after that.
Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.) an (almost pro) baseball player, wants you to take in a Yankees-Tigers game on March 14 and a Yankees-Phillies game the next day.
We’ve also got an invite from Rep. David Jolly (R-Fla.) for a March 20-22 “Phillies, Fun & Sun Weekend” in Clearwater Beach, Fla. with a stay at the Sandpearl Resort. They’re playing Toronto.
Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) has a great culture/sports combo for you. First on March 2, he’s got two tickets for you for just $1,000 apiece to see Adam Levine and Maroon 5 at the Verizon Center here.
But Wait! Then he’s got a cool “Spring Training, Disney & Golf Trip” March 20-22, in Orlando with a “Golf option” on March 20 and then … the Nats play the Atlanta Braves the next day and the Braves play the Detroit Tigers the following day.
Not baseball fans or golfers? Former senator Phil Gramm (R-Tex.) and Wendy Gramm, an economist and former head of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission invite you to drop $5,000 and go skeet shooting March 9 with Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Tex.), out at Goat Cave Ranch in Helotes, Tex.
(Hurry: “Event space is limited. Please RSVP as soon as possible.”)