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Recess Doesn’t Stop K Street Fundraising

Updated: 8:33 p.m.

Facing a tougher-than-expected race, Rep. Sanford Bishop is heading back to Washington, D.C., this month to raise campaign cash from lobbyists for his struggling re-election bid.

According to an invitation obtained by Roll Call, lobbyists are hosting a $2,000-per-head fundraiser for the Georgia Congressman at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s headquarters on Oct. 27. The K Streeters throwing the event include Katreice Banks, an in-house lobbyist at AT&T; William Clyburn, an outside lobbyist for U.S. Telecom; and Prime Policy Group’s Paul Weiss.

The Bishop fundraiser will come just days before voters decide between the embattled incumbent and state Rep. Mike Keown (R). In a Republican poll out this week, Bishop and Keown were essentially tied, with 7 percent of those surveyed still undecided. A poll released by Bishop’s campaign Thursday showed the incumbent leading the challenger 50 percent to 40 percent, with 10 percent undecided.

Bishop won’t be the only incumbent passing the hat in the coming weeks. Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence (Ind.) is hosting a $1,000-per-person fundraiser for his Win Back America political action committee at the downtown Italian restaurant Finemonda on Monday, according to an invitation.

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) is throwing a $5,000-per-head fundraiser two days later at We, the Pizza, a Capitol Hill pizzeria owned by celebrity chef Spike Mendelsohn. Rep. Brad Miller (D-N.C.) is also holding a fundraiser: a $2,000 event Oct. 26 at the law offices of Dewey & LeBoeuf.

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