Facing a brutal re-election battle, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is taking the extraordinary step of leaning on Democratic leadership to shake the money tree on his behalf before the Memorial Day recess, headlining a breakfast fundraiser alongside 15 of his committee chairmen.
Billed as a “pre-primary breakfast” honoring the Nevada Democrat, the Wednesday morning fundraiser at the Liaison hotel on Capitol Hill is drawing Finance Chairman Max Baucus (Mont.), Budget Chairman Kent Conrad (N.D.), Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin (Mich.) and Banking Chairman Chris Dodd (Conn.), according to the invitation. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin of Illinois and Conference Vice Chairman Charles Schumer of New York are also listed on the invitation.
Suggested contributions for hosts are $2,500 for political action committees and $1,000 for individuals, which includes priority seating. Guests are encouraged to contribute $1,500 per PAC and $500 for individuals, the invitation says…
The aide noted that events are common with one or two chairmen in attendance but “they’re rolling out the big guns for the Majority Leader.” The aide acknowledged, “It’s one-stop shopping for lobbyists.”