April 5th, 2010
09:16 AM ET
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Ballparks locale of choice for campaign fundraisers

When President Obama throws out the first pitch at the Washington Nationals' season opener on Monday, he will kick off not only a new baseball season but also a new round of fundraisers at Nationals Park.
When President Obama throws out the first pitch at the Washington Nationals' season opener on Monday, he will kick off not only a new baseball season but also a new round of fundraisers at Nationals Park.

Washington (CNN) - When President Obama throws out the first pitch at the Washington Nationals' season opener on Monday, he will kick off not only a new baseball season but also a new round of fundraisers at Nationals Park.

Though Obama won't be raising any cash himself on game day, his appearance will be the backdrop for at least one ballpark fundraiser Monday, the first of what Nationals President Stan Kasten hopes will be many political events held at the stadium this season.

Since Nationals Park first opened in March 2008, Kasten has actively encouraged political operatives of all ideological stripes to hold their fundraisers and receptions at the ballpark, as opposed to more conventional venues such as restaurants or hotel ballrooms.

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Brink

    Are all the strip joints closed?

    April 5, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  2. Sniffit

    Sorry, but baseball's sortof boring. If I really wanted to watch a bunch of overpaid clueless dudes stand around doing nothing but scratching themselves, I'd attend an RNC convention.

    April 5, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  3. Ken in NC

    Install some poles for pole dancing and bring in some girls. Do that and Republicans and Tiger will come.

    April 5, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I guess with the new campaign funding legislation that the wizards in the SC just passed, they won't need a stadium for fundraising.

    I'm sure that any large corporation will be able to hand them a multi-million dollar check in a toilet booth.

    April 5, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |