The midterm troubles are only mounting for Democrats, and post-Labor Day, their efforts to raise even more money to hold their seats carries an extra element of risk: The inevitable attack for leaving their districts to court the Hollywood elite at a fund raiser.
That’s why some candidates are swooping in to town with little time to spare, hopping on late-evening or overnight flights to keep their visits under the radar.
Nevertheless, they need the money, and barely a night will go by in the next month where some politico is not raising money in entertainment and Los Angeles circles.
On Thursday, Tarryl Clark, running against Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), the GOP firebrand, raises money at the Pacific Palisades home of Steven and Dayna Bochco, with tickets starting at $250 per person.
The Bochcos also are hosting Jack Conway, running for the open Senate seat in Kentucky against Republican Rand Paul, at a $1,000 per person event on Monday.
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) raises for her leadership PAC on Sept. 13 at the home of Bettina Duval. founder of California List. The following night, Sept. 14, Robin Carnahan, running for an open Senate seat in Missouri, attends a fund-raiser at the home of Cheri Shankar, a fund raiser and activist.
On Sept. 15, Alexi Giannoulias, running for Barack Obama’s former Senate seat in Illinois, raises at the Los Angeles home of Ken and Lisa Solomon, with tickets starting at $500 per person. Solomon is chairman and CEO of the Tennis Channel. Later that evening, Giannoulias attends a lower-dollar event at the Tea Room at H.wood, with tickets starting at $50 per person and a list of hosts that include Adam Englander, Sameer Gupta, George Heller, Samantha Millman and Catherine Park.
Chris Coons, running for Joseph Biden’s former seat in Delaware, is scheduled for a $250-per-person event on Sept. 20 at Mastro’s Steakhouse in Beverly Hills. Lee Fisher, seeking a Senate seat representing Ohio, raises money at a $500-per-person event at the Los Angeles hime of attorney Dean Hansell.
Also in the works is another Hollywood fete for Jerry Brown in October, with Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen expected among the hosts.
Republican events are few and far between, but party leaders are not shunning the business. House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) is scheduled to speak to the entertainment org Friends of Abe on Sept. 27, and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Ill.) also is expected to address the group around the same time. (The events are not fund-raisers). Also headed to Los Angeles for a meet and greet: Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), on the short list of possible presidential contenders, who is planning an event at the home of attorney Sandra Stein.
Update: Add this to the list: Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), seeking to retain his seat, raises money at the home of Carol Fuchs and Martin Shafer on Sept. 20, with tickets starting at $1,000 per person. Co chairs also include Jaye and John Rogovin, and co-hosts include Neal Baer and Gerrie Smith, Jamie and Michael Lynton, Eric and Jessica Paquette, Nancy Stephens and Rick Rosenthal and Ken Solomon.