Raising Campaign Cash, Like Shooting Fish in a Barrel

Need a new approach to raising campaign cash? Forget about the grueling grip-and-grins, the endless cocktail receptions and rubber-chicken dinners. You can follow one sportman’s approach that’s gaining popularity.

Representative Bill Huizenga (R-MI) is taking his donors skeet shooting. He just held a “Trap & Skeet Shoot” fundraiser in July in Maryland. “It’s definitely not the cocktail scene,” Huizenga said. “It’s a different atmosphere, obviously a little smaller and a little more casual.” Candidates get to some backwoods bonding and raise some serious cash. Tickets for the event started at $250 and ran as high as $2,000.

Others are hunting skeet for cash, too. Rep. Steve Fincher (R-TN) and Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID) have also held summer skeet and trap events at the Prince George’s County Trap & Skeet Center — just 20 miles from the halls of Congress. Rhys Arthur who is the Chief Instructor at the facility said skeet shooting “is the newest, coolest, in-thing to do. Everybody wants to do this.”

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