In a turnabout from a campaign pledge, Republican senatorial candidate Rand Paul is getting help raising campaign money by GOP senators who voted for the 2008 Wall Street bailout.
According to an Associated Press report, Paul is holding a fundraiser Thursday night in Washington, D.C. Although Paul earlier had said he wouldn't seek money from any politician who voted for the $700 billion bailout, nine of the 12 senators listed on the event's host committee were bailout supporters.
The event will be held at the National Republican Senatorial Committee's offices. Tickets cost $1,000 per person, with sponsorships up to $5,000 per group, the AP reports.
Last year, Paul criticized his GOP primary opponent, Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Greyson, for accepting contributions from senators who voted for the bailout.
Paul, who holds Libertarian beliefs, has said he opposes using taxpayer money to assist a private business.
Shortly after his victory in the May 18 Kentucky primary, Paul was widely criticized for remarks he made to the the Louisville Courier-Journal about the Civil Rights Act of 1964 once they became publicized
Paul told the newspaper’s editorial board in April that he disliked portions of the civil rights law because a restaurant or other private business with no government funding should be allowed to discriminate. “In a free society, we will tolerate boorish people who have abhorrent behavior,” he said.
Since then, Paul has severely limited his contact with the media.