Former Mississippi governor Haley Barbour is co-hosting the event at the office of his lobbying firm BGR Group along with other executives there. And if you pay the admission fee ($5,200 for a host couple, $2,600 for a host individual, $1,000 to sponsor, $500 for a ticket and $250 for a young professional), you get to rub elbows with some Senate heavy hitters: Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio).
But his friends are limited in how much they can help him, Levinthal writes. Gillespie, who ended up narrowing the gap to almost beat incumbent Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) in November, lent his struggling campaign almost $1 million of his own money. Once 20 days have passed since the election, federal campaign finance law only allows him to repay himself up to $250,000 from his campaign account.
So, even with all his high-powered help, Gillespie will most likely lose nearly three-quarters of a million dollars — in addition to losing the race.
Okay, so maybe things are bleak no matter how good your friends are.