Impeachment trial forces senators to scrap fundraisers

Impeachment trial forces senators to scrap fundraisers
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The impeachment trial of President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff blasts Trump for making 'false claims' about Russia intel: 'You've betrayed America. Again.' Poll: Sanders leads 2020 Democratic field with 28 percent, followed by Warren and Biden More than 6 in 10 expect Trump to be reelected: poll 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 SullivanSwing votes steal spotlight in marathon Trump impeachment Q&A Live coverage: Senators enter second day of questions in impeachment trial The Hill's Campaign Report: Ten days to Iowa 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 RomneyPaul Ryan says he disagrees with Romney's impeachment vote Progressives hope Nevada offers roadmap for pro-union 2020 victory Texas woman sentenced for illegal voting faces deportation after parole 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 McConnellSanders is a risk, not a winner Buttigieg sounds alarm after Sanders wins Nevada Where do we go from here? Conservation can show the way MORE (R-Ky.) and Sen. Todd YoungTodd Christopher YoungRepublican Senate campaign arm hauled in over million in January The Hill's Morning Report — AG Barr, GOP senators try to rein Trump in Overnight Defense: Senate votes to rein in Trump war powers on Iran | Pentagon shifting .8B to border wall | US, Taliban negotiate seven-day 'reduction in violence' 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 SandersSchiff blasts Trump for making 'false claims' about Russia intel: 'You've betrayed America. Again.' Buttigieg campaign claims 'irregularities' in Nevada caucuses Poll: Sanders leads 2020 Democratic field with 28 percent, followed by Warren and Biden 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-CortezOcasio-Cortez claps back after article on her dress: 'Sequins are a great accessory to universal healthcare' Democrats working to ensure Trump's second term Ocasio-Cortez announces slate of all-female congressional endorsements 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.