When Rep. Chris Murphy said he would start raising money for his just-announced Senate campaign “immediately,” he wasn’t kidding.
Murphy has a fundraiser scheduled for this Wednesday, just six days after he launched his campaign to succeed Sen. Joseph Lieberman, who said this week he would retire in 2012.
Murphy’s event is an early morning affair at Johnny’s Half Shell, a Capitol Hill restaurant, and targets health care interests. “Breakfast with the Health Care Community,” the invitation beckons.
The tab to get in? It ranges from $2,500 for political action committees who want to be a “host,” down to $500 for individuals.
The money will go to Murphy’s congressional campaign account, but he can easily switch that over to his Senate coffers when needed.
Murphy isn’t the only one getting an early start in the money-chase for 2012. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, a 3rd District Democrat, is also having a breakfast fundraiser at Johnny’s Half Shell next week, one day before Murphy’s event.
Bacon and eggs with DeLauro will run more than it would with Murphy–$5,000 for host PACs down to $1,000 for mere “supporters.”