Senators take fundraising efforts to Nats playoff games

Senators take fundraising efforts to Nats playoff games
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Multiple senators are holding fundraisers at Washington Nationals games, seeking to take advantage of the D.C. team advancing in the Major League Baseball playoffs.

Senate Minority Whip Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinSenators take fundraising efforts to Nats playoff games Overnight Health Care: Watchdog finds DEA allowed more opioids even as overdose deaths rose | Judge temporarily blocks Georgia abortion law | Three states report more vaping deaths | Dem proposes new fix for surprise medical bills During impeachment storm, senators cross aisle to lessen mass incarceration MORE (D-Ill.), who is up for reelection in 2020, is slated to hold a fundraiser on Wednesday for game five of the National League Championship Series.

“[W]e have a box so you can catch up with the Senator and his [chief of staff], Pat Souders while watching a heck of a game!” reads the invite obtained by The Hill.

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Tickets are $2,500 each and contributions go to Friends of Dick Durbin or his political action committee, Prairie PAC. Jesse Lirtzman of LaFave & Associates, a fundraising and political consulting firm, is organizing the event.

The previous night, Sen. Martin HeinrichMartin Trevor HeinrichSenators take fundraising efforts to Nats playoff games Green groups line up behind Markey ahead of looming Kennedy fight Overnight Energy: Lawmakers show irritation over withheld Interior documents | Republican offers bipartisan carbon tax bill | Scientists booted from EPA panel form new group MORE (D-N.M.), who is not up for reelection until 2024, is slated to hold a fundraiser in the suite above third base, according to the invite obtained by The Hill.

Tickets are $2,000 and Tonya Fulkerson of Fulkerson Kennedy & Company, a fundraising and event planning firm, is organizing the event.

At least one Republican has also sought to raise money during Nationals games. Sen. Ben SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric SasseSenators take fundraising efforts to Nats playoff games On The Money: Fed officials saw rising risk of recession | Ocasio-Cortez, Cruz blast NBA for 'outrageous' response to China | Prospects dim for trade breakthrough with China Ocasio-Cortez, Ted Cruz join colleagues blasting NBA for 'outrageous' response to China MORE (R-Neb.), who is up for reelection next year, held a fundraiser Oct. 6 during the first round of the MLB playoffs, when the Nationals played the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The invite, obtained by The Hill, said special guests included Raymond Sass, Sasse’s chief of staff, and Tyler Grassmeyer, Sasse’s deputy chief of staff, among others.

For one ticket, they asked for $1,500 from PACs and $1,000 in individual contributions. For two tickets, they requested $2,000 from PACs and $1,750 in personal contributions.

The three campaigns did not respond to The Hill’s request for comment. 

The Nationals are set to take on the St. Louis Cardinals for the second round of the MLB playoffs starting Friday night in Missouri.

Missouri GOP Sens. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntSenators take fundraising efforts to Nats playoff games Senate Intelligence report triggers new calls for action on election security Sunday shows - Second whistleblower grabs spotlight MORE, who is up for reelection in 2022, and Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleySenators take fundraising efforts to Nats playoff games Hillicon Valley: Senate Intel report urges action to prevent 2020 Russian meddling | Republicans warn Microsoft of 'urgent' Huawei threat | Court rules FBI surveillance violated Americans' rights GOP senators warn Microsoft of 'urgent' threat from Huawei MORE, who is up for reelection in 2024, did not respond to The Hill’s inquiry about if they are holding fundraisers around the series.

Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerSenators take fundraising efforts to Nats playoff games Senate Intelligence report triggers new calls for action on election security Senate Intel report urges action to prevent Russian meddling in 2020 election MORE (D-Va.), an area senator who is up for reelection next year, also did not respond to The Hill.