The fallout continues after the revelation that Harry Reid and several Democrat Senate candidates left the country and traveled to Canada to collect campaign cash from liberal trial lawyers this weekend. The Hill’s Sean Miller reports:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) and at least eight other Democratic Senate candidates were at a reception for the Committee for a Better Future on Sunday in Vancouver, British Columbia. The committee is connected to the American Association for Justice and the National Association of Trial Lawyer Executives, which were holding a convention in the city. The haul from the fundraiser was split between Reid and 11 other Democratic Senate candidates, according to a document circulated by the National Republican Senatorial Committee… Democratic Senate candidates Lee Fisher (Ohio) and Alexi Giannoulias (Ill.) came under similar attacks. They weren’t the only candidates spotted at the reception. Democratic Senate candidates Richard Blumenthal (Conn.), Roxanne Conlin (Iowa), Jack Conway (Ky.), Chris Coons (Del.), Brad Ellsworth (Ind.) and Charlie Melancon (La.) were also there, according to a Democratic source.
- CNN: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is coming under attack from Republicans for a fundraising stop Sunday night in Canada… According to a Democratic source, eight Democratic Senate candidates also attended the fundraiser, which was held in Vancouver, British Columbia. One of the eight, Rep. Charlie Melancon of Louisiana, became the target of an NRSC email release Monday afternoon.
- Chicago Sun-Times: The Giannoulias Democratic Illinois Senate campaign confirmed Monday–after prodding from the National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee–that Alexi Giannoulias was in Canada on Sunday attending a fund-raiser at a trial lawyer convention in Vancouver that would benefit his Senate campaign.
- Columbus Dispatch: Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Lee Fisher was in Canada yesterday to attend a reception with a group of American trial lawyers that is supporting his campaign, the Fisher campaign said today.
- Raleigh News & Observer: [Democrat Elaine] Marshall was one of several Democratic Senate candidates in Vancouver on Monday trying to raise money at the national trial lawyers convention.
- New London Day Attorney General Richard Blumenthal attended a fundraiser for Democratic Senate candidates in Vancouver, British Columbia, his campaign confirmed late Monday, the same day Republicans criticized the opposing party and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for raising campaign funds outside of U.S. borders.
- Associated Press: Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Jack Conway ventured outside the country briefly for a weekend fundraiser in Canada with a group of trial lawyers. Conway was among several Democratic Senate candidates to benefit from the Sunday evening fundraiser in Vancouver during a conference of mostly U.S. trial lawyers, Conway campaign spokeswoman Allison Haley said Monday night.
- Evansville Courier-Press: Republicans, though, noted that [Democrat Brad] Ellsworth made the stop in British Columbia the week after his first television advertisement, which takes aim at special interests, hit the airwaves. They said the former Vanderburgh County sheriff’s actions contrast with his message.