A Washington lobbyist will be holding a high-dollar fundraiser next month to help U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews (D-Haddon Heights) pay off his debts from an ill-fated surprise challenge to Frank Lautenberg (D-Cliffside Park) in the 2008 Democratic U.S. Senate primary. The event, hosted by Heather Podesta, has a suggested contribution of $1,000 for individual sponsors, $2,600 for PAC sponsors, and $5,000 for co-hosts.
"If you have already maxed-out to Rep. Andrew's Senatorial campaign, you may donate to his Congressional campaign," Podesta wrote on an e-mail. "If this is the case, please make checks payable to ‘Andrews for Congress.'"
When Andrews decided to take on Lautenberg, Democrats nominated his wife as a placeholder candidate. Despite his promise not to return to the House, Andrews changed his mind and easily won re-election last November.