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 DurbinOvernight Energy: EPA to regulate 'forever chemicals' in drinking water | Trump budget calls for slashing funds for climate science centers | House Dems urge banks not to fund drilling in Arctic refuge Democratic senators criticize plan that could expand Arctic oil and gas development Democratic senators ask DOJ watchdog to expand Giuliani probe 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 HeinrichSenate report says Obama officials were 'not well-postured' to respond to Russian hacking Democratic senators ask banks to prohibit funding Arctic drilling Senate drama surrounding Trump trial starts to fizzle 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 SasseThis week: House to vote on legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime Overnight Health Care: Nevada union won't endorse before caucuses after 'Medicare for All' scrap | McConnell tees up votes on two abortion bills | CDC confirms 15th US coronavirus case McConnell tees up votes on two abortion bills 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 BluntSenate braces for fight over impeachment whistleblower testimony Booker, Merkley propose federal facial recognition moratorium GOP senators defend Sondland, Vindman ousters: They weren't 'loyal' MORE, who is up for reelection in 2022, and Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyAgencies play catch-up over security concerns with TikTok Typical income no longer covers major costs: Study Senate Democrats introduce legislation to change impeachment trial rules 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 WarnerThis week: House to vote on legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime Congress set for clash over surveillance reforms Trump's intel moves spark Democratic fury MORE (D-Va.), an area senator who is up for reelection next year, also did not respond to The Hill.