K Street Files: Miller’s Money Train

Posted September 21, 2009 at 4:38pm

South Carolina Republican Rep. Joe Wilson may not have realized what a boost his infamous “You lie!— outburst during President Barack Obama’s recent speech to Congress would have on his and his opponent Rob Miller’s fundraising.

[IMGCAP(1)]While the two have been battling over who is raising more following the speech, Miller is bringing in the big guns Wednesday with two Washington fundraisers.

Several former aides to retired Sen. Fritz Hollings (D-S.C.) and House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.), including Jaime Harrison of Podesta Group, Nu Wexler of Ogilvy PR, Steve Hartell of technology firm EMC and Brian Nagle of Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, are co-hosting the high-dollar event at Johnny’s Half Shell from 6 to 8 p.m.

Political action committees’ suggested contribution is $1,000, “friends— are to contribute $500, and “guests— are slated to give $250, according to the invitation.

South Carolina native Harrison, who served as a top aide to Clyburn, got involved early with Miller, helping recruit him to run in the previous cycle.

Harrison said it was right to hold a fundraiser because “all the political rhetoric and political games, I don’t think that’s what people in that district need.—

Miller is following up the Johnny’s fundraiser with a low-dollar fete at Top of the Hill.

Attendees are asked to contribute $20.10 and will receive one drink ticket.

Not to be outdone, Wilson is also concentrating his fundraising efforts on K Street. Former Rep. Bob Livingston (R-La.) is scheduled to host a luncheon for Wilson Sept. 30 at his lobby shop the Livingston Group.

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