CO-Sen: Gardner (R) Busted Raising Money For Re-Election Campaign During #TrumpMcConnellShutdown

Not a good look for a vulnerable Senate Republican who wants to end the #TrumpMcConnellShutdown:

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Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) was the guest of honor at an exclusive fundraiser yesterday morning, hosted by a white shoe law firm at an undisclosed location.

This is the second law firm fundraiser within the last week. Colorado powerhouse Brownstein Hyatt Farber & Shreck hosted a similar breakfast for Gardner on January 9.

The purchase price for entrance to each event started at $500 per plate for individuals and $1,000 for political action committees. “Host” and “Sponsor” tickets, which typically include more access to the senator, ranged from $1,000 to $5,000.

Colorado Democrats wasted no time slamming Gardner on this:

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He’s the Dean Heller (R. NV) of 2020 and Senate Democrats know that:

A Democratic group plans to launch a television advertising campaign criticizing six Republican senators for the partial government shutdown, escalating the political battle as the standoff reached its 27th day.

Majority Forward, a Democratic nonprofit group aligned with Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), has produced 30-second ads taking Republican senators facing potentially competitive reelection campaigns to task over the lapse in government services.

The ads target Sens. Martha McSally (Ariz.), Cory Gardner (Colo.), David Perdue (Ga.), Joni Ernst (Iowa), Susan Collins (Maine) and Thom Tillis (N.C.), the organization told The Washington Post.

As ominous music plays, a narrator points out that this is “the longest government shutdown in history,” and warns of the impact on food safety inspections and air travel security.

Stay tuned.