WASHINGTON - Just days after Minnesota Republicans endorsed a candidate to run against DFL U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, the state's senior senator will add to her campaign's already large war chest with a birthday-themed fundraiser Tuesday evening at an upscale Washington restaurant.
According to an invitation collected by Politico, Klobuchar's fundraiser will be hosted by fellow Democratic Senators Patrick Leahy, Jay Rockefeller and Debbie Stabenow. All three Senators chair committees that Klobuchar sits on.
The event will be held at Bistro Bis, a French restaurant close to the Capitol whose menu includes dishes such as "peppercorn crusted duck breast with parsnip variations, porcini mushrooms and sherry ravigote" for $28.50 per plate. Individual donors are asked to give $2,500 to attend the fundraiser, those representing political action committees are asked to give $5,000.
The invitation says Klobuchar will share the proceeds of the event with the Minnesota DFL party. Klobuchar turns 52 on Friday, May 25.
Klobuchar isn't the the only member of Minnesota's congressional to use her birthday as an opportunity to fundraise. Fellow Sen. Al Franken's birthday is today, May 21, and for the past week, his family has been soliciting contributions pegged to his birthday.
Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has also used her birthday to raise money from supporters.