Mr. Vilsack Goes to Washington
Before most Washingtonians drink their first cup of coffee this morning, Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack (D) will be meeting and greeting a group of Democratic lobbyists at the Phoenix Park Hotel.
The event is being hosted by Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin (D) and is designed as a "get-to-know-you session," according to a spokeswoman for the senator. It's certainly a chance for Vilsack to schmooze with some of the party moneymen who could provide funding for his potential presidential candidacy in 2008. The breakfast itself is not a fundraiser, however.
Vilsack is in town to do two events for the Democratic Leadership Council, an organization he chairs. At 11 a.m. he will be at the Washington Court hotel to participate in a forum on budget issues; this evening he will be attending a DLC fundraiser at the International Spy Museum. After the DLC dinner, Vilsack will huddle with a group of high-dollar donors.
Vilsack is also trying to drum up excitement and dollars among donors for his Heartland PAC -- a soft-money committee that he is using to help elect Democratic governors in 2006. The D.C. trip is also aimed at allaying naysayers within the party who don't believe Vilsack will be able to raise the money necessary to compete with fundraising titans like Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y. ) and former senator John Edwards of North Carolina in 2008.
According to documents filed with the Internal Revenue Service, Heartland PAC raised $635,000 from April 29 through June 30; the money came from 15 donors. Several labor organizations, including the Service Employees International Union and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, donated $100,000 each. Newsweb Corp. CEO Fred Eychaner and Iowa real estate developer William Knapp each chipped in $50,000.
The majority of the expenditures from Heartland PAC went to Dewey Square Group, a high-powered Democratic consulting firm that regularly has its hand in several Democratic presidential campaigns.
Vilsack has said nothing definitive about his future political plans, but he is clearly considering a national run as evidenced by a trip he had planned to make to New Hampshire recently but later canceled so he could focus on coordinating Iowa's assistance to Katrina victims. He already has one influential supporter lined up; Harkin told the Associated Press earlier this month that Vilsack would be a very "viable presidential candidate" if he chooses to run.
-- Chris Cillizza
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