Confessions of a Hoosier Democrat

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Sunday, February 19, 2006

The Many Travels of Evan Bayh

Sunny Florida is a source for funds

With Congress in recess this week, Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., has plenty of time to continue raising money and support for his potential 2008 presidential race.

Bayh heads to Florida on Sunday for a dinner hosted for him by attorney Mitchell Berger, a longtime Democratic donor and fundraiser.

Berger was a top fundraiser for Vice President Al Gore's 2000 presidential campaign and worked on Gore's Florida recount effort. Berger raised money for the 2004 presidential campaign of Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., after first supporting Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., in the primary.

After Florida, Bayh heads to Los Angeles on Monday and will be there through Friday morning for more meetings with potential supporters.

Campaign contributions generated either during the trip or in the future will go into Bayh's Senate campaign fund or his political action committee. The Senate funds can be rolled over into a presidential campaign if Bayh decides to run. The PAC money helps him travel the country and build a potential campaign team while deciding.

The team recently got a little larger. Bayh's PAC has hired Chris Hayler as a regional political director. Hayler, who worked on Kerry's Iowa campaign staff, helped set up Bayh's trip to Iowa last weekend.

Bayh's PAC has five full-time and three part-time employees though has not yet replaced Steve Bouchard, the New Hampshire native who was the PAC's executive director last year.

Bayh's Iowa trip was his third in the past year, and he has a third trip to New Hampshire planned for March 26-27. His agenda includes speaking at a spaghetti dinner fundraiser for local Democrats.

Bayh also has trips planned to Georgia and North Carolina.

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