Politics & Government

Shutdown brings D.C. fundraising to halt for most of Ky. delegation

Republican Ed Whitfield spoke at the annual Fancy Farm political picnic in Fancy Farm, KY., Saturday, Aug. 05, 2006.  Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff
Republican Ed Whitfield spoke at the annual Fancy Farm political picnic in Fancy Farm, KY., Saturday, Aug. 05, 2006. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff Herald-Leader

WASHINGTON — With few exceptions, Kentucky's federal lawmakers have scrambled to cancel fund raisers since the government shut down at midnight Monday.

One exception is U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Hopkinsville, who planned to attend a high-dollar event at the Four Seasons hotel in Scottsdale, Ariz., with optional golf for attendees beginning Thursday, according to a fund raising schedule obtained by the Herald-Leader.

Whitfield's event, planned to raise money for his Thoroughbred Political Action Committee, included suggested contributions of $2,500 per PAC and $1,500 a person. Illinois Republican Rep. John Shimkus was scheduled to join the Kentucky congressman.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the event was on, but a statement from Whitfield spokesman Chris Pack indicated that might change.

"The congressman's sole focus right now is getting Harry Reid and the Senate to negotiate with the House to reopen the federal government," Pack said in an email. "The congressman will assess his schedule as the week progresses."

U.S. Reps. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, and Brett Guthrie, R-Bowling Green, canceled fundraising events planned for Wednesday, and U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell canceled a fundraising breakfast on Thursday morning.

Barr, Guthrie, Whitfield and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Somerset, all canceled fundraisers that were scheduled for Tuesday, the first full day of the shutdown.

Just hours before the shutdown began, U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Vanceburg, attended a fundraiser Monday at the GOP's Capitol Hill Club in Washington after a meeting of the House Republican Conference.

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