Today’s Fundraisers


By my count, today’s invitations offer the chance to rub elbows with some 34 members of Congress to lobbyists and PAC officials in Washington. Among the highlights: Jack Fields hosted a breakfast fundraiser for Rep. John Linder, R-Ga. Fields is the Texas Republican who chaired the House subcommittee that oversaw the rewrite of the nation’s telecommunication laws that was passed in 1996, then left in 1997 to “spend more time with his family,” and his new lobbying firm, the Twenty-First Century Group. Since 1998, Fields has represented the likes of Verizon, the Personal Communications Industry Association, SBC Communications, Echostar Communications Corp. among many others. I particularly like the fact that his firm really puts the “full” into “full service lobbying”:

The Twenty-First Century Group is located at 434 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., just two blocks from the Capitol. Its close proximity to House and Senate office buildings and the two parties’ national committee headquarters makes it a convenient place to host meetings and fundraisers.

At this central location on Capitol Hill, we host a number of informational meetings with Senators, Members of Congress, key House and Senate staff.

Our in-house executive chef, Carlos Gomez, and our professional support staff provide excellent meals in elegant surroundings. We have been hosting fundraisers for elected officials and Congressional candidates on a regular basis since moving to this location in 1998.

This morning, they hosted John Linder, and requested $1,000 per PAC and $500 per individual. No word on whether the flakes Chef Gomez served were frosted or plain…

The invitation helpfully reminded prospective attendees that Linder sits on two committees, Ways and Means (which oversees tax policy) and Homeland Security.

The rest of the fundraisers:

Doyle Bartlette and Eric Mondres are holding a dinner honoring Rep. Gresham Barrett, R-S.C., on the Financial Service, Budget and International Relations Committee, at the Bartlette & Bendall Townhouse, $1,000 personal and PAC.

Sen. Tom Coburn held a breakfast briefing benefiting TAC PAC, Tom Coburn, Chairman, at the National Republican Senatorial Committee. $1,000 per PAC, $500 personal.

Congresswoman Jean Schmidt of the Agriculture, Transportation & Infrastructure and Government Reform Committees held a lunch at the Capitol Hill Club, $1,000 PAC, $500 Individual.

Jeff Brooks and Lynnel Ruckert are holding a Southern Soiree tonight for Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-La., a member of the Appropriations Committee on the Adams & Reese Rooftop Terrace [Presumably they occupy the building on the left, if you click on the link]. Suggested contribution: $1,000 PAC or $500 Individual.

Ike Jones of America’s Community Bankers COMPAC and Susan Pettit of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Action Committee for Rural Relectrification PAC held a lunch for Rep. Kenny Hulshof, R-Mo., House Budget Committee and Ways and Means Committee, $1,000 contribution.

Rep. Danny K. Davis, D-Ill., (Government Reform, Education & the Workforce and Small Business) is having a cocktail reception at the Patton Boggs Townhouse, PAC $1,500 and Individual $750.

There’s a “Mississippi Pond-Raised Catfish Fry” for Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-S.C., Ranking Member of the Homeland Security Committee, at the DNC Headquarters, $5,000 for Hosts, $2,500 for Chairs, $1,000 for PACs and $250 for individuals; the invite tells us “This will be the last event before the Congressman’s Primary on June 6th.”

The National Association of Realtors, the biggest spending PAC in the 2006 election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, is hosting a fundraiser for Rep. Stephanie Herseth (D-SD), who, the invitation tells us, serves on the Agriculture, Resources and Veterans Affairs Committees. $1,000 PAC, $500 individual.

The Congressional Black Caucus PAC and Reps. Albert Wynn, Gregory Meeks, Kendrick Meek, Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Jim Clyburn, Bennie Thompson, Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick and Eddie Bernice Johnson is hosting a fundraiser at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, no suggested donation listed.

Rep. John Shimkus of the House Energy & Commerce Committee held a breakfast at the Capitol Hill Club; $1,000 per PAC, $500 per individual.

Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Wash., held a breakfast at the American Gas Association, $1,000 PAC, $500 Individual.

Rep Diane E. Watson, D-Calif., held a breakfast at the offices of the Capitol Hill Consulting Group” (“We offer specialized lobbying services in tax, trade, financial services, appropriations, environment, energy, health care, aerospace and other sectors”), Sponsors $2,500; $1,000 $500; Individuals $250.

House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., held a breakfast at the Hotel George; $2,000 Host PAC; $2,100 Host Individual; $1,500 Sponsor PAC & Individual.

Rep. Rush Holt, D-N.J., held a Pharmaceutical Industry Breakfast at Bistro Bis. $1,000 for Pacs, $250 for Individuals.

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., held a luncheon at Two Quail Restaurant, $1,000.

Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Calif., reception at the home of Patrick Murphy, $1,000 PAC, $500 Individual.

Rep. Jim Costa, fundraiser at the NDC Townhouse, $1,000 PAC, $500 Individual.

Those, of course, are just the ones I happne to have found out about–by no means is it a complete list (and, of course, by no means does it cover the fundraisers held around the rest of the country).