Vetting fundraising solicitations in the news

Roll Call reports on a fundraiser that was canceled after the newspaper raised questions about an invitation.

House Foreign Affairs ranking member Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) canceled a planned fundraiser Monday after Roll Call raised questions about her invitation to lobbyists to join an advisory council that she would consult on foreign policy matters — in exchange for $2,500 campaign contributions.

The offer of special access to the Congresswoman in exchange for campaign donations appeared to violate a House ethics committee guideline that specifically discourages this type of fundraising solicitation, though it is not a violation of any law.

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