Updated 8:00 p.m.Most Members have already gone home to campaign, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is still spending some time in D.C. trying to raise money for his re-election bid.
The Nevada Democrat is headlining a fundraiser Monday with Center for American Progress’ John Podesta, according to a recent e-mail reminder sent by his campaign fundraiser, Josh Alcorn. Reid is facing a stiff challenge from former state Assemblywoman Sharron Angle (R) in his quest for a fifth term.
Suggested contribution levels are $100 for guests and $1,000 for hosts, according to the invite. The fundraiser is being held Monday at the Lofts in Adams Morgan.
“Our race will be close until the very end, and while recent polling has been positive, we still face a Tea Party backed candidate and Karl Rove’s mysterious, anonymous billionaires, who just dropped another $2 million into our race,” Alcorn wrote. “I hope you will take a moment to personally wish Senator Reid well as he heads back to Nevada for the final push to November 2.”
Alcorn’s e-mail listed nearly two dozen co-hosts for the event, including Vice President Joseph Biden’s son Hunter Biden, Holland & Knight lobbyist John Buscher, Democratic strategist Julian Epstein, Democratic consultant Karen Finney and New Partners’ Ami Copeland. House Majority Whip James Clyburn’s (D-S.C.) chief of staff Yelberton Watkins, Blue Engine Media’s Erik Smith and former Reid chief of staff Susan McCue are also listed as co-hosts.
Jon Summers, Reid’s spokesman, said: “We will continue to fundraise because Sen. Reid is being attacked every day by Sharron Angle, Karl Rove, and others. It’s important to make sure people know the truth about Sen. Reid’s record of delivering for Nevada and that they are also aware of Angle’s agenda to kill Social Security and privatize the VA while calling unemployed people ‘spoiled’ and telling them it’s not her job to create jobs.”