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Published — September 11, 2015 Updated — October 21, 2015 at 3:13 pm ET

On 9/11 anniversary, politicians collecting campaign cash

A day of remembrance is a day of fundraising for some candidates

Introduction

The 14th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks did not stop members of Congress from conducting political fundraisers as the 2016 election inches nearer.

In the past, the day has been a time when politicking is put aside. Attack ads are taken down, debates cease and the focus moves away from election season. Despite this, several lawmakers took today to fundraise.

The Center for Public Integrity verified with event hosts that Reps. Mike Bishop, R-Mich; Kevin Cramer, R-N.D. and Elizabeth Esty, D-Conn., fundraised today — with some events costing up to $1,000 to attend.

Esty fundraised with the United Transportation Union in Washington, D.C., asking individuals for $1,000 to attend and $5,000 to host the event.

Cramer raised money at an 8:30 a.m. breakfast at the Capitol Hill Club, asking attendees for a minimum donation of $500.

Bishop’s fundraiser took place this morning at Capitol Hill restaurant Stanton & Greene, where supporters were asked to contribute $500 or more.

Representatives for the three members of Congress could not be reached for comment.

At least nine other members of Congress may have fundraised today as well, according to invitations and scheduling emails reviewed by the Center for Public Integrity, which was unable to independently confirm the events took place.

Gov. Sam Brownback, R-Kansas, and Rep. Mark Takai, D-Calif., did not hold fundraisers today.

But both of the politicians’ campaigns emailed supporters this morning about upcoming fundraising events. Brownback’s gathering required a minimum donation of $250, while the Takai event asked for at least $500.

Fundraising on Sept. 11 has occurred in other recent years: Politico reported that lawmakers fundraised last year too, with Rep. John Kline, R-Minn. hosting a cigar and whiskey tasting event and Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., throwing a cocktail event that cost $500 to attend.

Twitter, meanwhile, remained relatively free of political messaging today.

Bishop and Esty tweeted out recognition of the Sept. 11 attacks, using hashtag #NeverForget. Other lawmakers went a step further in remembering the anniversary by attending memorial events, for example, or releasing statements about the anniversary.

Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio, R-Fla., sent an email out titled “Remembering 9/11” in which he asks supporters to “pause to remember” those who died in the attacks.

“May we also remember that feeling, and keep it with us, as we confront America’s many challenges today,” Rubio wrote.

Unlike most of Rubio’s emails, it did not ask people for a donation.

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Trump needs to conduct these activities because the entire MSM media, excluding Fox, is campaigning against him 24/7/365.

Didn’t Monica’s boyfriend’s wife and various criminal enterprises outspend Trump by almost 2-1?

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Why wouldn’t he get an early start on fund raising? Hillary outspent him two-to-one in 2016. The Dem’s are the party of big money. The President knows this and is attempting to get a jump on it. Of course the Dem candidate will outspend him in 2020 so it’s only rational that he starts fund raising now.

George Young
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Oh brother. We just 8 years of the Campaigner – in – Chief. Where was this journalistic rectal thermometer then. Just another article about 2000 words too long that merely takes another slap at Trump for something he far from initiated.

j stevenson
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j stevenson

The big difference between Trump and all the rest is his refusing to accept funds from lobbyists, so they don’t have the White House access they are used to. These are the donors who buy the presidency and are as pixxed off that he won the election as are the media and the Dems. Lobbyists have never been shut out of the WH and Trump has told them he is not for sale.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Trump needs to be impeached and tossed in prison. Then have the key thrown away so he will never be free. Then he can see how it feels not to have freedom.

Mark Sullivan
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Mark Sullivan

Thank you for the usual insightful leftist low IQ Snowflake response.

barney
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hes not imprisoning them hes sending them back to their country chill tf out

SOUTH JERSEY
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SOUTH JERSEY

WHY DONT YOU HAVE FREEDOM?

Tom Larkin
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Tom Larkin

First, something positive. I was happy to learn of empirical information in article. BUT, the article was so slanted against President Trump as to be deemed fake news (“Perhaps Trump just lied.” (Two different issues)). The article mentions that President Trump raised over $67 million, but ended 2018 with $19 million. President Trump spent over $40 million 2016 and 2017. President Trump conducted 57 political rallies. The article notes the hats and T-shirts sold, but NEVER MENTIONS THE INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF REPUBLICAN SENATORS during a mid-term election that lost the House and the number of political rallies in… Read more »

Ted Sirois
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Ted Sirois

At least Trump is getting donations from willing donors. Fresh from his first election, Obama used billions of our children’s tax dollars to save thousands of union jobs in the car industry and bailed out the banks and many Wall Street businesses. This secured his source of reelection funds for his reelection four years later.

South Jersey
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South Jersey

TRUMP 2020; IS AN AMAZINGLY SMART MAN! VERY ORIGINAL & CREATIVE. I AM HAPPY TO HAVE HIS AS POTUS.

SOUTH JERSEY
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SOUTH JERSEY

THIS ARTICLE WAS OBVIOUSLY WRITTEN BY, A TRUMP-HATE-GROUP. THAT FEELS; IT IS NOT NORMAL TO BE SUCCESSFUL WITH YOUR OWN BRAND NAME. WHEN, IF FACT, IT IS NORMAL! >>>>> THIS IS >>> FAKE NEWS!!! <<<< ie: A PACK-OF-LIES; SPUN INTO; DEFAMATION OF CHARACTER. FOR A SINISTER-AGENDA OF; FASCIST DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST, COUP D'ETAT

David
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David

Are you on some kind of drugs? Writing in caps makes me think that you are grumpy old fart or a uneducated hillbilly.