5:41 pm Sep. 17, 2012
A Republican, a Democrat and an Independent walk into an investment management firm and all leave with checks for their campaigns.
On Monday, the nonpartisan group No Labels will co-host a fund-raiser in Manhattan with Concord 51, a group of young Republican professionals, for Democratic senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Republican senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, and former Maine governor Angus King, who is running for the Senate as an independent.
The lunch event will be hosted by Ron Baron at the office of his Baron Funds, and costs $250 to attend, with the money going directly to the candidates, according to an invitation sent this afternoon.
Manchin is a centrist Democrat who has kept his distance from President Obama's coal policies, famously running an ad in 2010 in which he literally shot a rifle at the president's cap-and-trade legislation.
King is running for the seat being vacated by moderate Republican Olympia Snowe. He refuses to say which party he would caucus with, but Democrats have offered little help to their official nominee, in a show of confidence that King will join them in the Senate.
Corker has been a reliable, if occasionally moderate, Republican in the Senate.