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Partytime • POSTED - 11.12.09 BY Nancy Watzman

GOP insiders to fete Colorado’s Norton

Next Monday in a Capitol Hill townhouse, a long list of GOP insiders are hosting a luncheon fundraiser for Colorado Senate candidate Jane Norton.

They include lobbyist Judy Black, wife of Charles Black (and Norton’s brother in law), who was a top advisor to Sen. John McCain in his presidential bid; member-of- Congress-turned-lobbyist Susan Molinari; and Maria Cino, who helped organize the 2008 Republican convention.

Many eyes are on the Colorado race, which will pit Norton, a former lieutenant governor, against the winner of a contested Democratic primary between Sen. Michael Bennet and Andrew Romanoff, who was speaker of the Colorado House before being term-limited out.

Norton is running with an anti-Washington message. At a forum for the GOP Senate candidates in Colorado Tuesday night, she said, “The very heart and soul of who we are as Americans is being eroded. We’re seeing Washington’s giant hand grabbing everything in site,” reported the Denver Post.

But her ties in high GOP places, Norton has been collecting a substantial amount of cash–40 percent of her take–from outside the state, with Washington, DC being her second highest source of contributions geographically, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

And this is not her first Washington fundraiser. In September, the Blacks hosted an event attended by about a dozen U.S. senators, reported the Denver Post.

Click on the names to see more information about other hosts for next Monday’s event: Becky Anderson; Sandy Brock,  wife of Bill Brock, a former member of Congress turned lobbyist; Marlene Calucci; Julie Cram; Missy Edwards; Peggy Ellis; Dorcas R. Hardy; Susan Hirschmann; Jennifer Jones; Susan Nelson; Rep. Ed Royce and his wife, Marie; and Pam Turner.

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Beneficiary: congressional candidate, lawmaker, or entity which collects funds raised at party

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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