Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) is among the many members of Congress spending part of the August recess hosting fundraisers away from Washington.
Smith, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, is planning to raise money in New York on Sunday and Monday around the beginning of the U.S. Open tennis tournament. That’s according to a schedule of fundraisers obtained by the Sunlight Foundation, which tracks fundraising events.
The cost of attendance is $2,500, and the event will benefit Smith’s Longhorn PAC, which has raised about $145,000 this year, according to federal filings.
Click here for a National Law Journal profile of Smith from April. When Congress returns to Washington after Labor Day, Smith’s Judiciary Committee is expected to take on immigration legislation and copyright enforcement.
It’s not clear what impact Hurricane Irene will have on Smith’s event. A spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment today. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) has a U.S. Open fundraising event scheduled for Monday, according to the Sunlight Foundation.
Click here for a list of recent fundraisers held by members of Congress. Last week, for example, a group of Washington lawyers and lobbyists were scheduled to host an event for Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) in Nantucket, Mass.