Donald Trump, the businessman and television celebrity who flirted with a presidential run last year, is holding a fundraiser on Oct. 1 for Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), according to an invitation obtained by The Daily Caller.
The event is a "breakfast fundraiser" and will be held at Trump Tower, with the minimum donation set at $500 for a "young professional." A "host level" gift will set donors back $2,500.
West and Patrick Murphy, a 29-year-old Democratic businessman, are competing for a newly drawn district that runs along Florida's Atlantic Coast. West currently represents Florida's 22nd District, but when 2010 redistricting left that district more friendly to Democrats, West decided to run in Florida's 18th District. Murphy followed him there to run against him.
Murphy's campaign is already trying to raise money off the news of Trump's fundraiser. His campaign emailed supporters on Tuesday saying, "West already has millions in the bank and a large cash infusion from wealthy Donald donors can only spell trouble."
Murphy just received a boost from Democratic super PAC House Majority PAC, which announced last week that it is spending $1 million in ads against West, one of the most outspoken conservative members of the House.