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Boehner to raise money for Mills in Nisswa

Mike O’Rourke

Forum News Service

NISSWA — House Speaker John Boehner will speak Thursday at a fundraiser for 8th Congressional District Republican candidate Stewart Mills III at Grand View Lodge in Nisswa.

Boehner’s scheduled appearance will be one of the highest-profile visits for a political fundraiser in the Brainerd area in some time.

A copy of the invitation sent to members of the Gull Lake Yacht Club listed four levels of contributions: gold sponsor, $10,400; silver sponsor, $5,200; host, $1,500; and general reception, $250.

Attempts to reach Mills on Friday were unsuccessful. His campaign manager, Mike Lukach, said by email that he could confirm the event would be taking place but referred inquiries to Boehner’s office.

Cory Fritz, a spokesman for Boehner, responded in an email that the Grand View visit was part of a 14-state bus trip for Republican candidates.

There was no reply by 5 p.m. Friday to an email asking Fritz whether any public events would be on Boehner’s schedule.

Mills’ opponent, Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Minn., also has been involved in fundraisers conducted outside the district that featured high-profile politicians. Notably, Minnesota Public Radio reported that President Barack Obama was scheduled as the featured guest at a fundraiser conducted by longtime Democratic contributors Sylvia and Sam Kaplan in Minneapolis in June. Minimum contribution to that event was $10,000, and those giving $32,400 per couple would be part of the “Speaker’s Cabinet,” according to the MPR story. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi also was a guest at that event, which benefited the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

The Boehner event for Mills on Thursday features a 5:30 p.m. VIP roundtable and a 6 p.m. VIP photo opportunity and general reception.

According to the invitation for the fundraiser, gold sponsorship includes four seats at the VIP roundtable, eight places at the VIP photo opportunity and eight spots at the general reception. Silver sponsorship includes two seats at the roundtable, eight places at the photo opportunity and eight spots at the general reception. Hosts receive two places at the photo opportunity and four spots at the reception.

The invitation for the fundraiser was paid for by the Lakes Area Victory Fund, a joint fundraising committee composed of Friends of Stewart Mills Inc., the Eighth Congressional District Party of Minnesota and the National Republican Congressional Committee.

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