POLITICS
03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

'Anti-Washington' Jane Norton Gets Acquainted With DC Lobbyists

Colorado Senate contender Jane Norton seems to already enjoy a cozy relationship with DC insiders, despite her crusade to craft a decidedly anti-Washington image.

Norton will attend a GOP fundraising fete Tuesday at a Capitol Hill townhouse with a guest list that boasts lobbyist Judy Black, wife of Charles Black, a top adviser to Sen. John McCain in his presidential bid, Maria Cino, a 2008 Republican convention organizer, and lobbyist Susan Molinari, a former member of Congress, according to the Sunlight Foundation's Political Party Time blog.

Norton lambasted traditional DC fundraising practices at a GOP Senate candidate forum Tuesday night, reported the Denver Post.

"The very heart and soul of who we are as Americans is being eroded. We're seeing Washington's giant hand grabbing everything in site."

Norton, favorite in the Colorado Senate race, has already raised over a half a million dollars since announcing her bid for the Senate in September. Her impressive donor list includes such "anti-establishment" politicians as Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Minority Whip Jon Kyl, Sens. Chuck Grassley, Lindsey Graham, Kay Baily Hutchison and, of course, John McCain, according to Congressional Quarterly.

She had this to say on reckless government spending when kicking off her Senate campaign:

"Colorado deserves a senator who will stand up to big government power grabs. Colorado deserves a senator who will stand up to the big spenders in both parties.

UPDATE: A spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee points out that Jane Norton and Judy Black are sisters, so they were already quite cozy before this event was scheduled.