Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.)--the number two Democrat in the House--is the star draw Friday for Illinois House candidates fund-raising for November--at an event that includes a Cubs game hosted by Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.)
Hoyer, on a Midwest fund-raising swing hits Wrigley Field to benefit contenders in some of the biggest Democratic races in the nation: Tammy Duckworth (IL-08), Brad Schneider (IL-10), Hon. Bill Foster (IL-11), who are all running in the Chicago suburbs. From downstate districts the Democratic candidates at the Friday event are retired Major General Bill Enyart (IL-12), and Cheri Bustos (IL-17).
The Cubs are owned by the Ricketts family--in the political news recently because the patriarch of the clan was mulling bankrolling an anti-Obama ad blitz. Daughter Laura, however, is a big Democratic donor and fund-raiser.
According to one of the invites--for Enyart, the reception for Hoyer, the Democratic Whip takes place between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Cubs administrative office at 3721 N. Clark.
The Contribution Levels:
$2,500 ~ Host
$1,000 ~ Sponsor
$500 ~ Friend
$250 ~ Guest
Hoyer was just in the news for calling on Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) to disclose more details about his "mood disorder" that triggered his checking into a treatment facility.
below, from Hoyer political shop....
HOYER CAMPAIGNS IN MIDWEST FOR DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES
Democratic Whip travels to Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan in show of support
WASHINGTON - Continuing a busy summer of campaigning across the country, House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer will travel to Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan this weekend to support multiple Democratic candidates.
On Friday afternoon, Mr. Hoyer will attend a fundraiser hosted by Congressman Mike Quigley (IL-05) for DCCC Red-to-Blue Candidates Tammy Duckworth (IL-08), Brad Schneider (IL-10), Hon. Bill Foster (IL-11), Retired Major General Bill Enyart (IL-12), and Cheri Bustos (IL-17). Hoyer will join the candidates at a Chicago Cubs game at historic Wrigley field, located in Quigley's district.
On Saturday Mr. Hoyer with attend a fundraising breakfast for Brendan Mullen at the home of his parents, Pete and Mary Lou Mullen, in South Bend, Indiana. A West Point graduate and U.S. Army veteran, Mullen is running in Indiana's second district for the seat being vacated by Congressman Joe Donnelly.
Following the breakfast Mr. Hoyer and Mr. Mullen will attend a reception hosted by Brewery Workers UAW Local 9, benefiting Mullen's campaign.
Saturday afternoon Mr. Hoyer will travel to Michigan to attend a campaign event for Dan Kildee in Grand Blanc, hosted by UAW Region 1-C. Former Genesee County Treasurer Dan Kildee is running in Michigan's 5th district, for the seat being vacated by his uncle, Congressman Dale Kildee, who is retiring after years of distinguished service to his constituents.
During the 2012 election cycle, Mr. Hoyer has campaigned for 68 Democrats in more than 50 cities. He has given or raised nearly $3.5 million for Democratic candidates this cycle, showing his strong dedication to taking back the House in 2012.