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Neumann's fundraiser host has ties to the Huntsman campaign

An upcoming Washington, D.C. fundraiser for former Rep. Mark Neumann, R-Wis., who is running for the open Senate seat in Wisconsin, is hosted by a biotechnology lobbyist with ties to GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman. Sens. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., and Rand Paul, R-Ky., are listed as special guests. Both senators have endorsed Neumann.

This is the first DC-based fundraising invitation Party Time has received for Neumann, who ran and lost a bid for the gubernatorial race in 2010. He will likely face Democratic candidate Rep. Tammy Baldwin in the general election next year, which is considered a toss up, despite Baldwin's large fundraising advantage. Neumann is expected to get extra help from outside conservative interests.

The lobbyist hosting the fundraiser,  Allen Shofe, works for the firm Emergent Biosolutions, and reportedly does congressional outreach for Huntsman. He was one of a long list of hosts for a June 15 Washington, D.C. event raising money for Horizon PAC, a political action committee that has been linked to the presidential candidate, although the campaign claims it is not connected. In the past, Shofe has hosted fundraisers for Sen. Scott Brown, R.-Mass., and other Republicans and Shofe has worked for drug company Eli Lilly and tobacco interests. He did not return a call for comment.

Baldwin recently had a joint fundraiser with Democratic Massachusetts candidate Elizabeth Warren.

Note: The original version of this post mistakenly stated that Sen. Tom Coburn represented Maryland.

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