Impeachment trial forces senators to scrap fundraisers

Impeachment trial forces senators to scrap fundraisers
© Greg Nash

The impeachment trial of President TrumpDonald John TrumpMark Kelly clinches Democratic Senate nod in Arizona Trump camp considering White House South Lawn for convention speech: reports Longtime Rep. Lacy Clay defeated in Missouri Democratic primary MORE is keeping some senators from fundraising events ahead of a busy election year.

Senate Republicans, in particular, have had to postpone a few Washington fundraisers because their attendance is required at the trial.

A fundraiser set for Wednesday night for Sen. Dan SullivanDaniel Scott SullivanLincoln Project targets Senate races in Alaska, Maine, Montana with M ad buy Overnight Energy: Official says protesters not cleared from Lafayette Square for Trump | Trump administration blasts banks refusing to fund Arctic drilling | 2019 coal production hit lowest level since 1978 Trump administration blasts banks that refuse to fund arctic drilling MORE (R-Alaska), who is running for reelection this year, was postponed around 9 a.m. Wednesday morning, according to an email obtained by The Hill. 

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The "Small Dinner benefiting Alaskans for Dan Sullivan" was scheduled for 6:30 p.m. "Requested Contribution: $1,000 PAC or $500 Personal to Attend, $2,000 PAC or $1,000 Personal to Host," the invite read. The campaign has another dinner for Sullivan set for Jan. 28. 

Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyNRCC poll finds McBath ahead of Handel in Georgia Unemployment debate sparks GOP divisions Senate GOP divided over whether they'd fill Supreme Court vacancy  MORE’s (R-Utah) PAC also postponed its “Believe in America Kick-off Reception,” set for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, around 10 a.m., according to an email obtained by The Hill. 

The Romney PAC event had suggested donations of $1,000 for PACs and $500 personal contributions. 

The National Republican Senatorial Committee PAC was also forced to cancel a fundraiser this week. PAC Director Megan Becker sent an email around 1 p.m. on Tuesday postponing a fundraiser for that evening at 6 p.m. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump's election delay red herring On The Money: Unemployment debate sparks GOP divisions | Pandemic reveals flaws of unemployment insurance programs | Survey finds nearly one-third of rehired workers laid off again OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump signs major conservation bill into law | Senate votes to confirm Energy's No. 2 official | Trump Jr. expresses opposition to Pebble Mine project MORE (R-Ky.) and Sen. Todd YoungTodd Christopher YoungRepublicans dismiss Trump proposal to delay election Senate GOP posts M quarter haul as candidates, Trump struggle A renewed emphasis on research and development funding is needed from the government MORE (R-Ind.) were slated to attend that event.

The scrapped fundraisers highlight how the impeachment trial has scrambled the schedules and campaign plans for many candidates, most notably those Senate Democrats who are running for president. 

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The campaign for Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersLongtime Rep. Lacy Clay defeated in Missouri Democratic primary Hillicon Valley: NSA warns of new security threats | Teen accused of Twitter hack pleads not guilty | Experts warn of mail-in voting misinformation Schiff, Khanna call for free masks for all Americans in coronavirus aid package MORE (I-Vt.), who is seeking the Democratic nomination, announced Tuesday that it was canceling a rally in Iowa scheduled for Wednesday because of the trial. But the campaign said that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezLongtime Rep. Lacy Clay defeated in Missouri Democratic primary Trump campaign rolls out TV spots in early voting states after advertising pause Trump adviser Jason Miller: Biden running mate pick 'his political living will' MORE (D-N.Y.) would attend two events later in the week in the state.

Trump's impeachment trial officially began Tuesday, and senators faced a late night on day one, with the proceedings going through midnight and ending early Wednesday morning. Senators could face more long nights and Saturday sessions. This week, the Democratic House managers have 24 hours over three days to present their case. President Trump's lawyers will be afforded the same amount time. 

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) also canceled a fundraising dinner with members of the Democratic caucus in Philadelphia that was set for Thursday.

Updated at 9:56 a.m.