The light may be on, but nobody’s home.
As the Sunlight Foundation documented with its copy of an intercepted invitation, a fundraising dinner party was scheduled for January 18 2011 in the infamous 446 New Jersey Avenue townhome of anti-immigration and pay-day lender Tim Rupli. The beneficiary: a “3rd & Long” PAC run by Blue Dog Coalition chair and conservative congressional Democrat Heath Shuler. As you can see from that copy of the invitation, the price of admittance was $2,500-$5,000 per PAC.
How did the Rupli fundraiser turn out for Shuler and his 3rd & Long PAC? Not so well. According to the 3rd & Long PAC disclosure filed with the FEC to cover activity in the month of January 2011, the PAC didn’t receive a dime all month. It appears that the Blue Dog-Rupli fundraiser was a complete bust.