Andy Barr stocking good-will war chest ahead of 2018

10/10/2017 12:41 PM

U.S. Rep. Andy Barr is restocking his good-will war chest, Building America’s Republican Representation, BARR PAC, heading into a re-election year.

Barr will be hosting a dinner on Thursday in Washington D.C. at Acqua Al 2, a rustic Italian restaurant on 7th Street in the nation’s capital. Contribution levels to BARR PAC range from $1,000 for a political action committee or personal guest, to $2,500 to be a host level PAC or guest host, according to Political Party Time a resource of the non-partisan Sunlight Foundation.

The dining experience is one of several similar events being hosted by Barr this year that benefits his leadership political action committee. According to events listed on Political Party Time, Barr will hold four events this year benefiting the PAC through the end of October; the last event scheduled on the website is for Oct. 20 at Keeneland.

Officials often use leadership PACs to raise money that can be spent to help elect other like-minded candidates and engender loyalty from those the leadership PAC helps.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reported exhaustively during 2016 in a story by John Cheves, explaining how others pay for politicians “political lifestyle.” Cheves’ reporting notes that multiple PACs, often benefiting the financial services industry, donate to Barr’s leadership account. Barr is a member of the House Financial Services Committee.

The newspaper points out under federal election guidelines PACs supporting Barr can essentially donate twice, once to the leadership PAC and to Barr’s campaign directly.

Barr’s leadership PAC has raised $130,000 in donations this election cycle, according to an August Federal Election Commission report. The PAC has also spent according to the report, $67,000 was spent on operating expenses and $21,000 was contributed to other committees — leaving $50,529 in the coffers for goodwill, before the latest round of fundraising.

See more on Barr’s leadership PAC spending and donations to the PAC on Open Secrets here.

The Lexington Republican has also kept a busy schedule of campaign fundraisers in Washington D.C. and Kentucky this year including an event at the Kentucky Derby, dinners in Washington D.C. and a basketball game between the Washington Wizards and the Golden State Warriors in February; the Warriors went on to win the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers in June.

Barr has just over $1 million in cash-on-hand, according to a June FEC report.

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