WASHINGTON--Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) headlines a Friday fund-raiser in Chicago for Democratic Illinois Senate nominee Alexi Giannoulias.
The lunch event, at the Greek Islands restaurant in the heart of Greektown on Halsted has a sliding scale for donations, from $2,400 to $1,000.
That Nov. 2 special election for Senate in Illinois--to fill the few weeks that will be left to President Obama's term, in addition to a vote for the full six year term also on Nov. 2-means that Giannoulias, the state treasurer and GOP rival Rep. Mark Kirk (D-Ill.) can fund-raise for both contests at the same time.
Since federal contribution caps are for each election--for practical purposes the cap for the Senate race in Illinois is now double. For example, the Warner event: The invite notes that a donation of $2,400 can be made for the general election and $2,400 for the special general election.