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For The Week Of October 13, 2019 Through October 19, 2019

Election Fundraising Season Is (Always) Here

By Alethia Kasben
Deputy Editor
Posted: October 14, 2019 2:04 PM

Fundraisers among elected officials rarely stop, no matter what time of year, but as the clock ticks ever closer to a year out from Election Day 2020, calendars start to fill with more events.

When selling tickets, most fundraisers use generic terms for contribution level. Friend, $100, supporter, $250 or, those with the big bucks can be a host for $1,000, as an example. Or $150 for bronze, $250 for silver, $500 for gold and $1,000 for platinum, as another.

Some, though, get a little more creative with their events.

Rep. Greg VanWoerkom (R-Norton Shores) is hosting a breakfast reception later this month. The contribution levels include eggs ($250), bacon ($500) and biscuits and gravy ($1,000).

Rep. Matt Maddock (R-Milford) is holding an event this week where $100 will consider you a deplorable, $500 a Lincoln lover, $1,000 a Reagan revolutionary and $2,000 a Trump.

For the Michigan State University alums out there, Rep. Joe Tate (D-Detroit) is hosting a tailgating event later this month where a $100 is Wilson, $250 Holden, $500 Wonders and $1,000 Case.

And Rep. Julie Brixie (D-Okemos) is hoping for a strong Democratic year in 2020. At an upcoming event $150 is a blue ticket, $250 blue tide, $500 blue wave and $1,000 blue tsunami.

Fundraising is part of system in Lansing for better or worse. Of course, we could debate how or if it should change.

But if you are going to spend big money, at least you can be considered biscuits and gravy instead of just a host.

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