King in DC for fundraiser

Angus King is raising money for his Senate bid in Washington, D.C., today. Supporters will attend a fundraiser for King this afternoon at the home of Patrick Murphy, King spokeswoman Crystal Canney confirmed.

Supporters can attend by contributing at least $500. According to the invitation, they’ll be considered “Friends” if they contribute $1,000 and “PACs” if they chip in the maximum individual contribution, $2,500.

(The Patrick Murphy hosting the King fundraiser is not the Patrick Murphy of the Portland-based Pan Atlantic SMS Group.)

“The difference between what we’re doing and what they’re doing is, every single dollar will be disclosed,” Canney said, referring to more than $1.5 million outside groups with Republican ties have spent on ads attacking King. “We’re not hiding behind anything.”

King attracted criticism from Republicans in July when he traveled to Washington for a fundraiser hosted by Democratic lobbyists Tony and Heather Podesta. He said at the time that he takes “no joy from this.”

King isn’t the only candidate in the race for Maine’s open U.S. Senate seat to travel to Washington, D.C., as part of campaigning. Republican candidate Charlie Summers was in the nation’s capital in July to attend a meet-and-greet at the National Republican Senatorial Committee headquarters, attended by Sen. Susan Collins and Republican leaders.

King’s fundraiser in Washington, D.C., follows the release of two polls on Wednesday that showed him hanging onto a lead, through a shrinking one, in the Senate contest.