Newspaper article Roll Call

Van Hollen Fundraises for Vulnerable Democrats

Newspaper article Roll Call

Van Hollen Fundraises for Vulnerable Democrats

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Top House Democrats are hosting a duo of fundraisers for vulnerable members in their caucus, stoking speculation about their future ambitions.

Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen is scheduled to host a fundraiser on Wednesday for Democratic Reps. Ron Barber of Arizona, Ami Bera of California, Joe Garcia of Florida and Ann McLane Kuster of New Hampshire, according to an invitation obtained by CQ Roll Call.

Last week, Democratic National Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida and Rep. Joseph Crowley of New York co-hosted a fundraiser for vulnerable House Democrats as well.

"For members with ambition to move up in the leadership, it is a common practice to help your endangered colleagues with their re- election and to help those non-incumbents who have a good chance of winning," Democratic fundraiser Michael Fraoili noted to CQ Roll Call.

"Help with fundraising is most always welcomed," he added.

Sources from all three members' camps brushed off such speculation. …

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