WASHINGTON -- This gives a whole new meaning to the phrase, "Play ball."
Politico reports today that Capitol Hill lawmakers, aware that the Red Sox are a major draw for baseball fans with deep pockets, are using the Sox's mid-week interleague series with the Washington Nationals as a fundraising event. For between $1,500 and $5,000, according to the paper, lobbyists and well-heeled political activists can take in a Sox-Nats game, a matchup between the American League's leader and the basement dwellers of the National League.
More than a dozen senators and representatives, including seven members of the Massachusetts delegation, will use the games to rake in some campaign cash.
"Donors who give $5,000 to Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.) get two tickets to the game, plus the chance to watch batting practice from the exclusive Presidentís Club seating area beforehand, according to his invitation," Politico reports. "Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) says donors will enjoy a pregame dinner reception at the Presidentís Club, then enjoy the game in the best seats in the house ó behind home plate!"
Politico reports that lawmakers from New England who planned fundraisers at the games include Massachusetts Democratic Reps. Michael Capuano, Stephen Lynch and Richard Neal and Reps. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) and Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.).
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