With Boise State, an Idaho school which some observers say could win college football’s national championship this year, coming to the D.C. area to play its season opener on national television Monday night, Sen. Mike Crapo’s, R-Idaho, campaign team saw a chance to add to his war chest.
“It’s not far from the general election, and we’re fundraising. Period. So, it’s an opportunity that arose and people are excited about it,” said Jake Ball, the senior senator’s campaign manager.
The senior senator, running in November for a third term, will be rubbing elbows with high-rollers in a luxury suite — purchased directly from the stadium, the campaign said — at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, home of the Washington Redskins. According to the invitation, donors are asked to contribute the maximum campaign contribution for a ticket: $5,000-per-PAC and $2,400-per-person, and “payment is required to secure tickets.”
The Broncos are playing the Virginia Tech Hokies, a perennial powerhouse, in the so-called “Battle at the Capital.”
“It’s a big deal because a team from Idaho would not normally travel to the East Coast to play a football game,” Ball said.
Crapo’s seat is safe, according to observers, but Ball said the campaign is going full steam ahead nonetheless.
At about $4 million, Crapo has already raised nearly double what he did for his 2004 campaign, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
Suites for the game are being sold for between $5,000 to $16,000, depending on the location and size of the suite, according to a FedEx Field ticket agent. Twenty-person boxes are on the low end, while 40-person boxes are pricier.Tweet
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