Earth, Wind and Fire (and Arlen Specter) « The Washington Independent
That’s right folks, Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA), will step out at his first Democratic National Committee fundraiser this evening at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.
He’ll be in good company: Jennifer Hudson, Earth, Wind and Fire and President Obama will also be among the luminati at the event. No word yet if Specter — who recently told Details.com he sings mostly “golden oldies” to his wife — will croon for the crowd too.
Concert tickets range in price from $1,000 to $2,500 — and if you want dinner, it’ll set you back $30,400 per couple.
DNC officials said they don’t like to comment on how much they expect to rake in at fundraisers, but Hotline On Call reported that it will likely take in between $3 million and $4 million tonight.
And as for Specter? He doesn’t get a cut from the evening, it’s just one of the things expected of Democrats in office who hope to eventually get a chunk of campaign cash from the party. He currently has about $6.7 million in cash on hand, according to his most recent campaign finance report from the end of March.
Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.), who told the Philadelphia Inquirer this week he is “leaning very much toward getting in” the Democratic primary race to challenge Specter, has $3.5 million on hand.
Specter, who spent more than 40 years as a Republican, nabbed the Democratic primary endorsement of Obama, Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell and Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) when he switched parties last month.