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 DurbinSunday Talk Shows: Lawmakers look ahead to House vote on articles of impeachment, Senate trial Lawmakers introduce bill taxing e-cigarettes to pay for anti-vaping campaigns Senators zero in on shadowy court at center of IG report 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 want FERC to protect critical infrastructure from Huawei threats Senate reviews Interior, FERC nominees criticized on ethics This week: House to vote on Turkey sanctions bill 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 zero in on shadowy court at center of IG report Live coverage: DOJ inspector general testifies on Capitol Hill FCC votes to bar use of its funds to purchase Huawei, ZTE equipment 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 BluntOn The Money: Lawmakers strike spending deal | US, China reach limited trade deal ahead of tariff deadline | Lighthizer fails to quell GOP angst over new NAFTA Lighthizer fails to quell GOP angst on trade deal Republicans consider skipping witnesses in Trump impeachment trial MORE, who is up for reelection in 2022, and Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleySenate Republicans air complaints to Trump administration on trade deal Hillicon Valley: Pentagon pushes back on Amazon lawsuit | Lawmakers dismiss Chinese threat to US tech companies | YouTube unveils new anti-harassment policy | Agencies get annual IT grades Lawmakers dismiss Chinese retaliatory threat to US tech 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 WarnerTikTok chief cancels Capitol Hill meetings, inflaming tensions Watchdog report finds FBI not motivated by political bias in Trump probe Ex-Rep. Scott Taylor to seek old Virginia seat MORE (D-Va.), an area senator who is up for reelection next year, also did not respond to The Hill.