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Super Committee members didn't reduce deficit, but they did raise campaign cash

Although the congressional supercommittee failed to reach an agreement to slash the nation’s deficit, every single member of the 12-person panel was able to accomplish something else this fall: raise money for their own campaigns or for other candidates and committees. Collectively, the dozen members took part in 55 fundraisers, according to a mix of Party Time’s invitations and other news reports.

That includes 24 fundraisers for their own campaigns or leadership PACs—funds they use to spread their influence—and 31 events where they served as special guests to help their colleagues or party committees attract campaign cash. All of these events were scheduled since their appointment to the panel in early August.

With a total of 19 events, Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., the House Democrats’ Assistant Majority Leader, has been involved in the most fundraisers. Clyburn also led the pack with ten fundraisers benefiting his campaign or leadership fund, while Pat Toomey, R-Pa., held five such events and Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., held four.

Clyburn also hosted the most shindigs—nine of them—followed by Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., and Becerra, who hosted four each.

Below is table showing the number of fundraisers panel members were involved in, organized by each lawmaker (and here’s a complete calendar of events).

Fundraisers during supercommittee tenure

MemberHeldHosted
Jim Clyburn, D-S.C.109
Pat Toomey, R-Pa.50
Xavier Becerra, D-Calif.44
Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas21
Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.24
Dave Camp, R-Mich.11
Jon Kyl, R-Ariz.04
Patty Murray, D-Wash.03
Fred Upton, R-Mich.02
Max Baucus, R-Mont.01
John Kerry, D-Mass.01
Rob Portman, R-Ohio01

There are also plenty of fundraisers for the committee members right around the corner. Becerra is the special guest at three gatherings in the first six days of December. Jon Kyl and Jeb Hensarling are the main draws at two separate events for their colleagues. And Clyburn is taking part in a holiday party on Dec. 1 raising money for Democratic "Frontline" candidates.

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