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Super Committee Fundraisers This Week

While all eyes are on the supercommittee this week as their deadline for identifying budget cuts fast approaches, a few of the lawmakers on the panel still have some time on their hands for fundraising.

This week, there are eight fundraisers planned either benefiting a supercommittee member or where they are playing host. Rep. David Camp, R-Mich., was scheduled to host a fundraiser for Rep. Kenny Marchant, R-Texas Monday night at Charlie Palmer Steak while Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., will be hosting an event for Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas on Tuesday. The nine-term congressman may be facing a primary challenge in March against State Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio if the Texas Legislature passes its redistricting map. So far Castro has raised more than $500,000 since announcing his candidacy for Congress.

Rep. Jim Clyburn's, D-S.C. will be hosting a breakfast event on Wednesday to raise money for his Leadership PAC and another fundraiser at the restaurant Art and Soul, the Politico reports. Rep Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., is scheduled to attend a breakfast Tuesday morning at the Democratic Club.

Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., has a breakfast fundraiser planned on Wednesday, Nov. 16, according to the National Journal and later that evening, he will be having a 50th birthday celebration at Sonoma. GOP Sens. John Barrasso, R-Wy., Dan Coats, R-Ind., John Cornyn, R-Texas, Jim DeMint, R-S.C.,  Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and Mike Lee, R-Utah, are scheduled to attend. Lastly, Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., will be hosting an event for Sen. Orrin Hatch on Thursday.

Since the creation of the panel at least seven members have accepted money from lobbyists, including Camp, according to the Washington Post, Camp took in the most contributions — “$707,000 for his campaign and $180,000 for his leadership PAC.”

Although, only Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., announced that he would stop raising money, other members have said they would not schedule any new fundraising events. For a list of all supercommittee fundraisers see here.