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GOP Lobbyist's clients curry favor with Deficit Panel's Camp

Once the members of the powerful deficit-cutting committee were announced in early August, one of the first reported events where lobbyists could try to influence the panel was a fundraiser for Rep. Dave Camp’s, R-Mich., leadership PAC on Sept. 7. Federal records offer a glimpse into who tried. $18,000 in donations came from the political action committees of clients of influential GOP lobbyist Susan Hirschmann, one of the hosts of the fundraiser, in the weeks before the event. And that total may very well climb higher when September's contributions are made public later this week. The PACs for Pfizer (also ...

Upton, Becerra, keep super committee fundraising rolling

Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., said he wouldn't schedule new campaign fundraisers while serving on the special deficit-cutting panel, but that doesn’t mean he’s not fundraising in Washington. Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., made the same pledge, yet neither has addressed events that were already on their calendars. Nor do their promises cover the kind of event that Upton agreed to attend on Oct. 13, where deep-pocketed lobbyists and PAC representatives with business before the Joint Select Committee on Debt Reduction—better known as the super committee—will have the chance to rub elbows with the Michigan lawmaker in exchange for between $500 and ...

Another member of deficit panel to dine for dollars

Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., is the latest lawmaker on the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to plan a campaign fundraiser this fall, according to a fundraising memo obtained today. A new fundraiser was also disclosed involving Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., who has planned to attend ten such events from September through November, when the so-called super committee wraps up its work: five for his campaign, three for his leadership PAC and two for his colleagues. The newly disclosed event is a golf outing and dinner to raise money for Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Ala., in Birmingham, Ala. on Sept. ...

Super Committee members nixing some events—but not all

Another lawmaker on the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., has put off a fundraiser until after the panel finishes its work. But a spokesperson for the congressman would not answer whether he has nixed all such events through Thanksgiving, when the committee will finish its work. And no member of the committee—except Senator John Kerry, D-Mass.—has said he would cancel all of them. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, indicated he would cut back on his events and Max Baucus, D-Mont., canceled one of his. Camp’s fundraiser, originally planned for Aug. 4 and to be hosted by former ...

Pat Toomey also solicits D.C. donors during deficit talks

Yet another lawmaker on Congress’s special deficit-cutting committee will be asking D.C. insiders for cash as the panel begins its work. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., is the fourth Republican on the 12-member Joint Special Committee on Deficit Reduction—known as the Super Committee—that is holding or hosting a fundraiser in the coming weeks. Five of the committee’s Democrats plan to be involved in such events. At a Sept. 22 breakfast at a French bistro that offers Steak and Egg Frites for $21, Toomey will be asking PACs to give as much as $2,000 to his leadership PAC; individuals are asked to ...