by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
At least three Democratic candidates for Senate have scheduled or held San Francisco fundraisers in search of big-money campaign contributions.
Sara Gideon, the DSCC’s choice to challenge Sen. Susan Collins (R.) in Maine, is holding an Aug. 27 fundraising reception at Manny’s, a San Francisco restaurant described as “the most popular spot in California” for Democratic candidates.
A ticket for the reception requires a minimum $100 contribution as a “friend” of Gideon. A “supporter” constitutes a $250 contribution, with “sponsors” contributing $500 and “co-hosts” contributing $1,000.
Gideon’s fundraiser also designates $2,800 and $5,600 max donation options through ActBlue, a Democratic fundraising service established to “empower small-dollar donors.” …
… Also fundraising in San Francisco is South Carolina Senate candidate Jaime Harrison and current Michigan senator Gary Peters (D.).
The two Democrats appeared Friday at events sponsored by the Bay Area Democrats, with the Peters fundraiser preceding Harrison’s event. The Bay Area Democrats did not include suggested campaign contributions for those in attendance.
The two events did not appear to be popular, with few people showing interest on social media. The Facebook posting for Peters’s event listed one person as interested, and Harrison’s posting showed two people as interested.