While some Members of Congress place friendly bets on Sunday’s upcoming Super Bowl matchup between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers, others are using the big game to raise campaign cash.
At least two Members are hosting Super Bowl-themed fundraisers this week, according to the Sunlight Foundation’s Party Time blog. Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) is planning a Super Bowl XLV Luncheon on Saturday at the swanky downtown restaurant the Palm, while the campaign of Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-Ga.) is hosting the Second Annual Superbowl Bash in Columbus, Ga.
Suggested donations for Bishop’s fundraiser start at $500, while Conyers’ starts at $1,000. Conyers is also offering a complementary Super Bowl ticket for individual event sponsors who give $4,800, according to a flyer advertising the event.
Lois Lerner, director of exempt organizations for the IRS, arrives for a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the investigation of the IRS' targeting of political groups. Lerner invoked her Fifth Amendment right to not testify and caused a protest from some committee members when she offered an opening statement and engaged in dialogue with members before invoking the right.
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