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Partytime • POSTED - 07.23.10 BY Keenan Steiner

Strasburg, Hank Aaron, Big Draws at Nationals Park Fundraisers

Taking advantage of last best chance to raise money off D.C. baseball before the August recess, at least five Congressmen have scheduled fundraisers at Nationals Park next week for the teams’ series against the Braves.

Rep. John Conyers Jr., D-Mich., though he planned the July 27 fundraiser at Nationals Park long ago, got lucky, as his $5,000-per-PAC and $1,000-per-person fundraiser lands on a night when the Nationals’ precocious pitcher Stephen Strasburg is on the mound.

The 21-year-old sure can fill up the seats. On nights he starts, Nationals Park attendance increases by more than 15,000. Calls to Rep. Conyers’ office to ask if Strasburg has boosted interest in the fundraiser were not returned.

The only bigger draw than Strasburg this week might be longtime home run king and former Braves slugger Hank Aaron, billed as a special guest at at Rep. John Lewis’s, D-Ga., fundraiser on Wednesday evening. To be named a host, the ask is $5,000; one could get in without the ‘host’ title for $1,500.

Another Georgia lawmaker, Rep. John Barrow, D-Ga., building a war chest for a November challenge, is taking advantage of a visit by his hometown team — perhaps the best in the National League — to attract donors, who are asked to contribute $1,000-per-person and $2,000-per-PAC.

Rep. Joe Baca, D-Calif., is asking for contributions of $1,000 to $5,000 to watch the game with him on Wednesday.

At Thursday’s day game, the series finale with the Braves, Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., is charging $1,000 for a ticket, $2,500 for a co-sponsorship.

Each lawmaker is charging far more than the most expensive seat in the house: $325 to sit right behind home plate. The cheapest upper deck seats can be had for $10. Luxury suites range from $3,000 for the Jefferson level to $4,200 at the Lincoln level to $7,000 for the Washington level.

If all goes according to schedule, Strasburg will also pitch against Philadelphia on Sunday, Aug. 1.

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Host: person who is hosting party-often, but not always, a registered federal lobbyist

Venue Name: where the party is

Entertainment Type: type of gathering, such as "breakfast," "ski trip," "bowling"

Other Lawmakers Mentioned: lawmakers mentioned on invitation who are used as a draw for the event

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