Meta-politics may have reached a new level — Republicans are using a recent Democratic fundraiser held in Canada to bolster their own fundraising.

“This past weekend, while families and small businesses struggle with lagging job creation across America, numerous Democrat Senate incumbents and hopefuls were in Canada as part of a swanky campaign fundraiser with liberal trial lawyers,” Rob Jesmer, executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, wrote in an e-mail to supporters.

Jesmer asked for contributions. “We need the resources to fight back.”

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and at least eight other Democratic Senate candidates were at a reception for the Committee for a Better Future on Sunday in Vancouver, British Columbia. The committee is connected to the American Association for Justice and the National Association of Trial Lawyer Executives, which were holding a convention in the city.

Republicans have been taking full advantage of the optics of the situation.

“This should demonstrate just exactly what we are up against this November,” Jesmer wrote. “Despite more and more American voters rejecting the Democrats’ failed policies their candidates will go anywhere to find funding — including trial lawyers.”