Aides to House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy sent an invitation Friday afternoon for a fundraiser to benefit the likely next House speaker, quickly capitalizing on the news that current Speaker John Boehner will step down.
PowerPost obtained the invitation to a fundraising event for the “McCarthy Victory Fund” at the home of Dwight and Martha Schar in McLean, Va., a suburb of Washington, D.C.
Three Virginia Republican representatives are listed as co-hosts: Barbara Comstock, Bob Goodlatte and Rob Wittman.
The minimum contribution to get into the 6 p.m. reception on Oct. 1, the first day of the fourth fundraising quarter, is $1,000. The top-tier ask is $43,800, to be spread across the National Republican Congressional Committee and related entities.
Dwight Schar, previously the Republican National Committee’s finance chairman, is founder and chairman of home-building and mortgage giant NVR. In May, he gave $50 million to the Inova cancer center.
Interestingly enough, Schar defected from the GOP in 2013 to back Terry McAuliffe in the Virginia race for governor. Bill Clinton came to his house for that event.
It’s unusual for a fundraising invite to go out at 5 p.m. on a Friday, but McCarthy’s finance team clearly wants to strike while the iron is hot.
Pressure will be high on Republicans across K Street to pony up to McCarthy if they want a seat at the table, even as the leadership fights for majority whip slot and other races play out.
Here’s the invite: