Tillis heads to D.C. for fundraiser; Huckabee to raise money for Harris

Posted by Jim Morrill and John Frank on March 18, 2014 

House Speaker Thom Tillis, attacked by GOP rivals for his ties to the party establishment, heads to Washington again next week for a Capitol Hill fundraiser

The event will take place at the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) headquarters and draw big name GOP lawmakers, according to an invitation, in another sign that Tillis is the preferred candidate of Republican powers in Washington.

The Monday afternoon event will be headlined by Sens. Richard Burr of North Carolina, John Barrasso and Mike Enzi of Wyoming, Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, John Thune of South Dakota and Johnny Isakson of Georgia.

The event will help fill Tillis’ coffers, at $2,500 per political action committee and $1,000 per person. An NRSC spokeswoman said any Republican candidate can use the building for an event.

The fundraiser will not be his first in D.C. In December, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky helped host an event at the home of Geoffrey Gray, a lobbyist who has represented Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Republican strategist Karl Rove, hardly a favorite of tea party conservatives, also has headlined Tillis fundraisers.

Greg Brannon, one of Tillis’ seven GOP primary opponents, has sought to make an issue of Tillis’ establishment ties. Brannon has been backed by tea party favorites, Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Mike Lee of Utah. Paul held a fundraiser outside Washington for him earlier this month.

Another Republican candidate, Mark Harris, has his own big-name fundraiser coming up Saturday.

Former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee will headline a Raleigh event for the Charlotte pastor.

The Huckabee fundraiser is expected to draw more than 300 people, with hosts paying $2,500 and couples $500. The minimum ticket is $250. The event is at the North Ridge Country Club.

“Americans are looking for leaders who they can trust to place their oath of office above partisan politics by fighting for the Constitution and standing up for what they believe in. Mark is the right choice for conservatives and Republicans in North Carolina,” Huckabee said in a statement from the Harris campaign.

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