Those donations could now help Markey ramp up his fund-raising for his Senate bid.
“It’s definitely a way of trading chits,” Currinder said. “You help out members who need the help, but the expectation is that later on down the line, when you go to them asking a favor, they’ll be there for you.”
Markey’s most active fund-raising year was 2004, when he worked hard to lay the foundation for a Senate run, if Kerry won the presidency.
Unlike in most years, when he typically holds just a few fund-raisers in Washington and Boston and raises about $1 million, Markey traveled the country that year, hauling in cash in California, New York, and other Democratic hot spots.
He raised $2.8 million, and collected checks from Barbara Streisand, Bonnie Raitt, David Geffen, the Hollywood mogul, and Norman Lear, the liberal activist and television producer.