The 31 Democrats who just demanded that the rich get a tax cut are an interesting bunch. Consider their latest fundraisers. How much does it cost to get in?
If you want to get close to Jason Altmire, try paying $5,000 to “Host” one of the breakfasts he likes to hold at a DC wine bar. Sorry, the price isn’t tax deductible, but if you can afford the fee you can also be assured that Rep. Altmire is working hard to give you a good ROI.
John Barrow is one of the 31 Democrats who demanded tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans while the rest of us struggle to get by. If you’re one of Rep. Barrow’s constituents and you’re having trouble finding him, try looking inside a DC lobbyist’s office. He likes to hold parties there, but you’ll have to pay $500-$1000 to get in.
Melissa Bean of Illinois held a swanky event at Trump International. To get in, you were expected to contribute $2,400 to $5,000. I expect you have that much in change on your kitchen counter, don’t you?
Dan Boren appreciates so much the use of a lobbyist’s Capitol Hill townhouse for his fundraising dinners. Cost: $5,000 to host, $2,500 to co-host.
Thanks to your contributions, Allen Boyd just knocked off a challenger who said he was going to fight for the working people in Florida’s 2nd district. Working people are such chumps, aren’t they? Don’t they know the real money’s in capital investment? Speaking of capital investment, make your latest check out for $1,000 – $5,000, please. Thank you so much.
Travis Childers‘ entry fee for a fundraiser: $500-$5000, depending on how close you want to get.
Last night, Jim Costa asked supporters to bring $1,000 – $5,000 checks to a hotel room in Washington DC, shortly after he signed that letter demanding tax cuts for America’s richest.
Lincoln Davis had a fun lobbyist lunch recently at Club 116. That’s not in Tennessee’s District 4, which Davis is supposed to represent. No, it was in Washington, DC, which a much more convenient location for Davis’ donors. The cost of lunch was tiered by the Davis campaign: $500-$5000 on a sliding scale.
When Brad Ellsworth isn’t issuing demands that the richest Americans get a tax cut in the middle of a recession, he can be found swilling wine at the Monocle Restaurant with his friends (admission $1,000-$2,500). Turn-ons: Long Island Oysters on the half shell. Turn-offs: those filthy beggars outside on the sidewalk, always asking for spare change while you wait for the limo.
When Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin needs money after a long day of doing tax favors for rich people, she goes straight to the source: last night it was the Washington Court Hotel in DC, where she found a room full of people holding $1,000-$5,000 checks, all in gratitude for her service.
Nobody who rolls her wheelbarrow through streets broad and narrow selling cockles and mussels is welcome at the Molly Malone’s fundraiser in DC for Jim Himes. Fishmongers can’t afford the $500-$2500 entrance fee.
Make your checks payable to Ron Klein for Congress if you want to get in the door to a lobbyist’s Capitol Hill townhouse for Klein’s “reception” in five days’ time. But please, write “Attention 4C Partners LLC” on the envelope. The handlers, who specialize in building “relationships and intimate knowledge of the political landscape,” will take care of all the messy details for Rep. Klein. Also be sure to thank Ron Klein for slashing your heavy tax burden as you make out the $1,000 check.
Jim Marshall is a frequent guest at the Sonoma Wine Bar, which is neither in Sonoma California nor in the state Marshall nominally represents, Georgia. It’s a drinking spot in Washington, DC. The cost to drink with Marshall is $1,000.
Jim Matheson of Utah — his latest fundraiser was at Johnny’s Half Shell in Washington, DC, where Political Action Committee representatives paid $5,000 for some face time. Everyone else was expected to pay $1,500 – $2,000 for admittance.
Invitations to a party in honor of Mike McMahon made sure to mention his Transportation and Infrastructure Committee membership, a membership very valuable to business. The party wasn’t in his district — district visits are for chumps. The money’s in DC, baby, and you had to pay $1000-$2500 to get in.
To find Mike McIntyre next week, head to the coast. Not the North Carolina coast. No, go to Tortilla Coast in Washington, DC. To get in the door and see McIntyre, you’ll need a check made out for $500-$5000. Don’t worry: if you’re rich enough to matter, your tax benefit from McIntyre’s advocacy stands to be much larger.
Matt Brow and Geoff Werth aren’t from Arkansas, but they’re two of Mike Ross‘ most important constitutents. Brow and Werth are federally registered corporate lobbyists. In a week and a half they’ll be feeding Mike Ross steak at Charlie Palmer’s in DC. If you have $1500 to $5000 to spare, you could be part of the party too.
John Salazar‘s cost at a fundraiser held in a lobbyist’s townhouse: $500 if you want to be a “friend,” $2,500 if you want to be a “patron,” and $5,000 if you want to be a “host.” Sounds parasitic, doesn’t it?
They’d like to ask for more upfront, but that would be illegal under campaign finance law. Don’t worry, there are soft ways of sending them money unseen. They’ll see to your tax bill around back. Look for a smoke-filled room.