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Conference Committee Democrats plan fundraisers at home of financial industry lobbyist

On the final two days of the Wall St. reform conference, committee members Reps. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill. and Ed Towns, D-N.Y., have each planned fundraising lunches at the home of Tim Rupli, a lobbyist for the financial industry. Today at noon, soon after the committee began its work at 10 a.m., it's Rep. Ed Towns' turn to fundraise at Rupli's New Jersey Ave. townhouse, a very popular party spot for lawmakers which was featured in a 2008 USA Today article. The invitation to Towns’ lunch asks $500 from individual donors and $1,000 from PACs. Towns will be there, his press ...