Storm Cancels Fundraisers, K Street Events

Posted February 10, 2010 at 2:00pm

Lobbyists are finding an unexpected bit of relief because of this week’s snow storms: Members of Congress looking to cash in before heading out of town for Presidents Day weekend are being forced to cancel scores of events and fundraisers.

“The white-out resulted in a green-out, that’s for sure,” said Rich Gold, who runs the lobbying practice at Holland & Knight.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee sent out an updated list of events this week, detailing nearly 30 postponed fundraisers.

Democratic Reps. Ann Kirkpatrick (Ariz.), Barbara Lee (Calif.) and Bobby Rush (Ill.) and House Majority Whip James Clyburn (S.C.) were among those canceling morning events Wednesday.

Canceling a fundraiser can cost a Member’s coffers anywhere from $15,000 to $30,000, depending on the size and target demographic.

While most of the Members opted to reschedule their events, some such as Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Pa.) just outright canceled. Murphy was scheduled to have a breakfast event at Sonoma with hosts contributing $5,000, sponsors ponying up $2,500, political action committees contributing $1,000 and individuals committing $500.

Arkansas Republican Rep. John Boozman is delaying his Thursday fundraising luncheon. Citing the bad weather and Congressional schedule, the organizers rescheduled the fundraiser for Feb. 25 at the Associated General Contractors Capitol Hill townhouse, according to an e-mail update.

Still, other Members were more optimistic, taking a wait-and-see approach for events scheduled for Thursday.

Events for Democratic Reps. Brad Ellsworth (Ind.), Betsy Markey (Colo.), Mike Michaud (Maine) and Ciro Rodriguez (Texas) were listed as “contact for update,” according to the latest DCCC fundraising list.