Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is coming to Iowa on June 6th to raise money for the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). The event will be held at the home of Rozanne and Jim Conlin at Des Moines.
So what is the going rate to have lunch with Speaker Pelosi? $30,400 a couple gets membership to the “Speakers Cabinet.” If that’s a bit too much, it only costs $10,000 to be on the Host Committee, $5,000 to sponsor the event, or mere $2500 if you just want to attend.
It is rare that a group like the DCCC would chose Des Moines, Iowa to raise money since it is very unlikely that Iowa will have a hotly contested congressional race in 2010. The invitation lists all three of Iowa Democratic Congressman at the top. While Congressman Boswell is the senior member of the Democrat delegation, his name is second on the list to Congressman Bruce Braley. This may indicate that Congressman Braley is trying to impress Speaker Pelosi by leading the DCCC fundraising effort in the state.
Also included with the Pelosi event invite, is an invitation to the Hall of Fame Dinner for the Iowa Democratic Party. This year’s special guest is Tom Vilsack. It is odd that a state party would include an invitation to another event that will be held a few weeks later. June is going to an expensive month for Democrat Donors in Iowa as Governor Chet Culver is also holding a fundraiser for his re-election campaign on June 11th.
It is likely that the Iowa Democratic Party is a little upset that Pelosi is coming to Iowa to raise money from Iowans that will not be spent to elect Democrat candidates here in Iowa. Pelosi’s event coupled with Culver’s fundraiser will make it difficult for IDP to have a successful event when they gather on June 27th.
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