Cochran Makes a Fund-Raising Push as He Eyes Re-election

Senator Thad Cochran, a Republican of Mississippi and one of the Senate’s longest-serving members, is increasing his fund-raising efforts amid speculation that he might retire instead of run for re-election next year.

Mr. Cochran, who was first elected in 1978, has three high-dollar fund-raisers scheduled in the Washington area over the next two months, according to e-mails his finance staff members circulated to donors this week.

He is hosting a breakfast Friday morning at a Capitol Hill restaurant, charging $500 for individuals and $1,000 for political action committees. Next month, Mr. Cochran will attend another, pricier breakfast featuring former Gov. Haley Barbour of Mississippi at Mr. Barbour’s namesake Washington lobbying firm. And in November, Mr. Cochran is staging what he’s billing as a “fall retreat” at a new resort in Middleburg, Va.

New York Times