The upcoming weekend will be a big one for ski trip fundraisers. According to invitations received by the nonpartisan Sunlight Foundation, three legislators are using the upcoming weekend as a chance to raise some money and hit the slopes.
Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) has invited potential campaign donors to a ski trip at the Sonnenalp Resort of Vail, Co., from Friday to Monday. In order to tag along contributors will need to shell out up to $5,000. DeGette has raised $213,223 for her 2010 reelection campaign so far, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) is also planning to be in Vail over the weekend for a fundraiser of his own. For the pleasure of his company donors will have to make contributions of $2,500 to add to the $458,321 he has already raised.
Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah) is inviting contributors to come out to Park City, Utah, for a "Winter Weekend" that will cost from $2,000 to $5,000 to attend. Sen. Bennett has raised $2.72 mil for his upcoming campaign -- which is a relatively small amount, according to the Center for Responsive Politics: only four senators seeking reelection this year have raised less money.