WASHINGTON – Though campaign finance reform is looming in the Senate and most Democrats are eager to pass it, the party is turning to an independent politician to raise millions of dollars for their candidates at a single fundraiser next Wednesday.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, which works to elect Democrats to the U.S. Senate, announced that independent Vermont Senator Jim Jeffords will campaign for Democratic Senate candidates this year.
Last year, Jeffords left the Republican Party to become an independent. The move handed majority control of the Senate over to Democrats with a 50-49-1 edge.
Jeffords will be the headliner at a major fundraiser for Senate Democrats at Union Station in Washington, D.C. Tickets are $10,000 each. It is one of the two biggest Democratic Senate fundraisers of the year. Last year, the same event raised $4.5 million. Organizers expect to raise even more this year.
Jeffords has told Democratic officials he is also willing to campaign for some of the Senate's most vulnerable Democrats, including Sens. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., and Tom Harkin, D-Iowa.