Merry Christmas! Have some eggnog, and care to contribute to my campaign?

For three-term Rep. Jim Himes, D-4th District, the holiday season has provided another opportunity to raise political cash.

Himes has sent out invitations to a holiday party at the Fat Cat Pie Co. in Norwalk on Dec. 17.

But he’s also asked his guests to contribute to his campaign fund.

“Suggested contributions $25, $50, $100, $250 See you there!” The invitation also says contributions up to $5,200, the federal election law limit, “are welcome and appreciated.”

The three-term Himes has done well as far as fundraising this year. As of Sept. 30, Federal Election Commission records show the lawmaker has nearly $1 million in the bank, even after the repayment of $270,000 that he loaned his campaign last year.

Himes’ ability to raise political cash in a district that’s home to many political donors helped make him the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s fundraising chair.

Republican Dan Debicella is challenging Himes for the 4th District seat. He did not report raising any money in his last FEC filing.

Ana has written about politics and policy in Washington, D.C.. for Gannett, Thompson Reuters and UPI. She was a special correspondent for the Miami Herald, and a regular contributor to The New York TImes, Advertising Age and several other publications. She has also worked in broadcast journalism, for CNN and several local NPR stations. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Journalism.

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