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Ok, so no one has actually created a kickstarter to see Mitch McConnell, but $10,000 might be what it takes for his constituents to get a private meal, according to this National Journal story:

"Only one week after Sen. Mitch McConnell took the CEO of Delta Air Lines to breakfast in the exclusive Senate Dining Room last month, the airline executive and his wife wrote $10,000 worth of checks to help fund McConnell’s political operation.
"The donations, which were reported to the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday, made Rick and Susan Anderson the largest contributors to McConnell’s Bluegrass Committee in July. Delta Air Lines’ PAC contributed another $2,500 within days of the breakfast."

Ok, so no one has actually created a kickstarter to see Mitch McConnell, but $10,000 might be what it takes for his constituents to get a private meal, according to this National Journal story:

"Only one week after Sen. Mitch McConnell took the CEO of Delta Air Lines to breakfast in the exclusive Senate Dining Room last month, the airline executive and his wife wrote $10,000 worth of checks to help fund McConnell’s political operation.

"The donations, which were reported to the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday, made Rick and Susan Anderson the largest contributors to McConnell’s Bluegrass Committee in July. Delta Air Lines’ PAC contributed another $2,500 within days of the breakfast."

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Why is Mitch McConnell skipping agriculture committee hearings?

Sen. Mitch McConnell “has touted his work for Kentucky farmers on the campaign trail, but back in Washington, he has a trend of skipping out on Senate Agriculture Committee hearings for events unrelated to his home state,” The Hill reports today.

On at least one of these occasions, Mitch McConnell skipped a hearing to raise money with a billionaire.

On March 6th, McConnell skipped confirmation hearings for nominees to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. That same day, he was attending a fundraiser with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and energy industry billionaire Joe Craft

Too often, members of Congress are forced to decide between doing their job and raising money to keep their job. Mitch McConnell has made his choice, but we’re not sure Kentucky voters would agree with it.

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New York Daily News:

"[Sen Mitch McConnell’s] campaign has faulted his opponent, Democrat Alison Lundegran Grimes, 35, for lengthy fundraising trips outside Kentucky in Hollywood and New York.
"But McConnell himself has made New York’s Marriott Downtown practically his third home.
He made at least six trips to the Big Apple in first three months of 2014, according to Federal Election Commission records.”

New York Daily News:

"[Sen Mitch McConnell’s] campaign has faulted his opponent, Democrat Alison Lundegran Grimes, 35, for lengthy fundraising trips outside Kentucky in Hollywood and New York.

"But McConnell himself has made New York’s Marriott Downtown practically his third home.

He made at least six trips to the Big Apple in first three months of 2014, according to Federal Election Commission records.”

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Access to Leadership

Via this New York Times story on establishment Republicans fighting back against insurgents, we’re going to take a wild guess and assume it’s Sen. Mitch McConnell who’s threatening donors: 

“I’ve been told by a number of donors to our ‘super PAC’ that they’ve received calls from senior Republican senators,” said Matt Kibbe, president of FreedomWorks, which is supporting challengers to Republican incumbents across the country. The message from these donors was blunt: “I can’t give to you because I’ve been told I won’t have access to Republican leadership,” Mr. Kibbe said. “So they’re playing hardball.”

Our broken campaign finance system isn’t just about donors getting influence. It’s a cycle of dependency—members of Congress who rely on big donors and the big donors who rely on access to politicians. It’s a no-win situation for everyone else. 

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Mitch McConnell’s Lobbyist Wednesday

Hopefully he finds time to like legislate or something (via Politico Influence)

PODESTA REPUBLICANS FUNDRAISING FOR MCCONNELL: Podesta Group Republicans are hosting a breakfast fundraising for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday. A senior Podesta Group Republican principal sends the invite along and says the event will kick off a robust year of political support from Podesta GOP principals, focused on in-cycle GOP senators and up-and-comers in the House. The fundraiser will be at Podesta Group’s D.C. offices. The suggested cost to attend is $2,500 for PACs and a $1,000 suggested individual contribution. The invite is here: http://bit.ly/M4XHIU 

ALSO: On the same day, McConnell will host a have a dinner fundraiser at the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Cost to attend: $7,500 to co-host, $2,500 for PACs and $1,000 as an individual. Danielle Burr of Navigators, Missy Edwards of Missy Edwards Strategies, Rob Hobart of McBee Strategic, Lanier Swann Hodgson of Purple Strategies, and Brandi White of the Nickles Group are listed as hosts.

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This paragraph says a lot about Washington and politics (and Mitch McConnell):

"McConnell has often exercised power in D.C. by pressuring major donors to withhold donations from a given lawmaker or organization. His allies on K Street are often the people who deliver this message and “enforce” it. SCF is receiving most of its donations from a large number of individuals who send in small-dollar amounts. McConnell can’t easily pressure these grassroots donors — they aren’t professional politicians and they’re far from D.C."

(National Review)

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Our current system requires that the candidates … act like the infamous bank robber Willie Sutton — they go where the money is.
Public Campaign Action Fund Executive Director David Donnelly, in this story about fundraising in the Kentucky Senate race. 

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