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Democratic congressman Bob Filner, running for mayor of San Diego, has been relatively scarce of late around Capitol corridors, so much so that he's failed to give a dime from his small congressional campaign war chest to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's election fund.

But whether present or not, Filner lent his name and, presumably, mailing list to a "California Wine Tasting" fundraising event thrown in a Washington townhouse on December 13 by the state's Democratic caucus to benefit Los Angeles Rep. Howard Berman.

Ironically, Berman is also on the list of non-donors to the House Democratic committee. He's fighting a primary battle against another Democrat, Rep. Brad Sherman.

Price of admission ran from $500 to $2500.

The next day it was GOP Rep. Darrell Issa's turn at rainmaking as co-sponsor of a fundraiser for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign held at Washington's Lincoln Restaurant and featuring Romney's son Tagg.

Entrants were charged up to $5000 each per couple or PAC.

Both invites were posted online by PoliticalPartyTime.org

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monaghan Dec. 22, 2011 @ 2:07 p.m.

Why would a retiring Congressman and candidate for mayor in our city pay into the funds of a Congressional campaign committee when he is going to need every dime to counter local reactionary forces who will try to prevent his election here? I take this as a sign of clearheadedness.


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