Sen. James Inhofe isn’t shy about what he wants for his upcoming 76th birthday. Instead of asking for a bottle of wine or a nice tie, the Oklahoma Republican is hoping people make a donation to his political action committee, the Fund for a Conservative Future.
Inhofe is celebrating turning another year older Wednesday with a fundraiser disguised as a birthday party. Tickets to the Capitol Hill event cost a cool $1,000 for PACs and $250 for individuals. Talk about capitalizing on your special day.
Inhofe isn’t the only lawmaker to exploit a birthday; Sen. Susan Collins is following suit. The Maine Republican turns 58 in December and will be celebrating at a party benefitting Collins for Senate. The event even promises a guest appearance by Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.).
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.