Pence holding ‘private’ donor dinners at vice president’s residence

Pence holding ‘private’ donor dinners at vice president’s residence
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Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceLeaked Trump transition vetting documents show numerous officials with 'red flags': Axios Texas Republican: Migrant conditions in his state the 'worst' he's seen US officials express optimism negotiations with Iran possible MORE has been working to court influential political donors at dinners and events at the Naval Observatory, according to The New York Times.

The Times said Pence and his wife, Karen, have personally hosted at least four dinners at the vice president's residence with prominent donors.

Brokerage firm founder Charles Schwab and hedge fund manager Kenneth Griffin have been among the Pences' guests, according to the Times.

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Guests donated large sums of money to help then-nominees Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpConway defends herself against Hatch Act allegations amid threat of subpoena How to defuse Gulf tensions and avoid war with Iran Trump says 'stubborn child' Fed 'blew it' by not cutting rates MORE and Mike Pence during last year’s presidential campaign, and are seen as likely supportive of the administration’s agenda, according to The Times.

The newspaper reported that world leaders, members of Congress, military families, civic leaders and personal friends also attended the dinners.

The vice president’s spokesman, Marc Lotter, told The Hill the dinners allow Mike Pence to discuss the president’s accomplishments and agenda, and there have been no political fundraisers held at the residence.

“The Vice President and Mrs. Pence consider it a great honor to host military families, lawmakers, world leaders, members of Congress, friends, civic and corporate leaders, and the President and Mrs. Trump at the Vice President’s Residence,” Lotter said in a statement.

The vice president has headlined fundraisers recently in Indianapolis and will host an upcoming event in Columbus, Ohio.

Pence held an unscheduled visit with GOP mega-donor Charles Koch in Colorado last month, ahead of the Koch brothers' network donor meeting.