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NJ Senate Hopeful Steve Lonegan Aims for Unique Fundraiser

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Wednesday, 28 Aug 2013 10:20 PM

By Cathy Burke

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Donors can shoot big guns in return for big donations in an unusual fundraiser for New Jersey GOP Senate candidate Steve Lonegan.

The Sept. 21 event is being hosted by the New Jersey Second Amendment Society, a gun rights advocacy and lobbying group, philly.com reported.

Lonegan is a staunch opponent of gun control.

According to the Sunlight Foundation, which first reported the event, Lonegan contributors are being invited to a "Fundraiser Shooting Event" at the South Jersey Shooting Club in Winslow, N.J.

"As opposed to a more run-of-the-mill congressional fundraiser, the event offers contributors a clear — and immediate — return on investment," the foundation wrote on its blog.

"Instead of tying contribution levels to cheesy titles like 'Friend' or 'Platinum Level Sponsor,' Lonegan is literally providing a bigger bang for bigger bucks: The amount donors give directly corresponds to the amount of firepower they'll get your hands on at the firing range."

The Foundation says donors will choose from rifles or pistols.
For $40, a contributor gets to shoot five rounds from a Desert Eagle 50, or 20 rounds from an AR15.

Guests also have the option of paying $50 for the chance to take one of the event's two "mystery rifles."

For the big gun donors, forking over $125 will buy five shots from the Barret M107.50 BMG, a semi-automatic sniper rifle that is used by the military, the foundation promised.

Lonegan faces an uphill battle against Newark Mayor Cory Booker in the Oct. 16 election to replace the late Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg.

Lonegan made headlines this week with his comments about the "weird" comments of his Democratic opponent.

Lonegan started his campaign in August with just $150,000 cash on hand, The Hill reported.

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