Top Democratic aides headline fundraiser

Roll Call reports on a fundraiser featuring top aides from Capitol Hill.

Top aides to the Democratic leadership team — including John Lawrence and Jerry Hartz for Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), Terry Lierman and Stacey Bernards for Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (Md.), and Yelberton Watkins and Mike Hacker for Majority Whip James Clyburn (S.C.) — were among the 57 senior staffers listed on an e-mail reminder sent out by the DCCC last week to entice downtown donors.

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Using staff as a draw for fundraisers is within the bounds of the law, according to ethics lawyers. “Setting aside the appearance or optics of such invitations, there are no legal implications to such an event,” said Ken Gross, an ethics lawyer at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

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