In an ER post yesterday, I wrote that Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) said he'll halt fundraising efforts while serving on the Deficit Reduction Committee, because he wants to show that he isn't leveraged by contributions. That's still the case, his office says, despite a new Boston Globe report suggesting otherwise. The Globe reports that Kerry plans to speak at a fundraiser next week to support the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and has received criticism for doing so.
"Kerry plans on speaking at a long-scheduled DSCC event next week to support his colleagues and a Democratic Senate," Kerry spokesperson Jodi Seth said in a statement. "He's not in cycle and doesn't have any events to raise money for his re-election campaign planned during this process."
What Kerry's camp did not state, however, was yesterday's direct challenge to Sen. Pat Toomey to also halt fundraising. That statement, which I incorrectly attributed to Kerry's office, actually came from a firm that's represented Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and MoveOn.org in the past. Yesterday, the firm was representing Public Campaign Action Fund, who I cited in a quote but made unclear whose statement was being quoted.
The Public Campaign statement called out all members of the super committee, but directly challenged Toomey to follow suit. Toomey's staff says the Senator doesn't plan to halt fundraising efforts.