There have been some questions in this post about whether Harris is coming for Reed or vice versa. The answer is that Katherine Harris is coming to campaign for Ralph Reed and raise money for herself. The answer lies in the invitation.
The key language is
Representative Harris is only helping solicit federally permissible funds
That language is required under the Bipartisan Campaign Finance Reform Act of 2002 (“BCRA”) when a congresscritter raises money for someone running for a state office. Under BCRA, when a congresscritter decides to fundraise for someone running for a state or local office, the money raised with the congresscritter’s help can only be money that could be accepted in a federal election, i.e. contributions from individuals and not PACs, Unions, or Corporations. Likewise, the language immediately following that states
Contributions are not tax deductible for income tax purposes. State law requires us to report the name, address, occupation and employer of every person who contributes more than $101.00 in the election cycle.
If the money was being raised for Representative Harris, it would have said “Federal law” instead of “State law” — a statement that would have been required under federal campaign finance laws.
Likewise, Representative Harris also had a luncheon today to raise money for her race for the U.S. Senate in Florida.