There's no better proof that U.S. elections never end than the fundraising scene this month in Washington, D.C.
No matter that Election Day 2014 isn't even two weeks past and Election Day 2016 is 721 days away: Lawmakers (and soon-to-be lawmakers) are using Congress' lame duck session to generate cash wherever they can get it.
Some are bent on retiring debt incurred a historically expensive midterm campaign. Others are spending their time back in the nation's capital filling their coffers for political battles two or more years away.
Here are 10 politicos already back on the fundraising trail, according to documents obtained by the Center for Public Integrity:
- Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., will hold court Wednesday evening at Rosa Mexicano in D.C.'s Chinatown neighborhood. The minimum donation to attend the cash fiesta is $1,000. Booker easily won re-election this month and isn't up for re-election until 2020. As of Oct. 15, his campaign reported nearly $2.6 million cash on hand.