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The bigger the donations that members give to party committees or favored candidates, the better his or her chances at winning a prestigious committee assignment, said Eric S. Heberlig, associate professor of political science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Mr. Heberlig, who has researched the impact of campaign money and congressional committee assignments, said fundraisers centered on events like golf and concerts likely attract donors. But access to key members of Congress is even more important.

“The more access you offer to lobbyists, the better draw you’re going to get at these things,” Mr. Heberlig said.

Other events this month include a $1,000-per-ticket pheasant hunt and a fundraiser in South Dakota for Democratic Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin. And this past weekend, a fundraiser was planned at FedEx Field during the Washington Redskin’s home 14-11 win Sunday over the Cleveland Browns. The event, which was not affiliated with the Redskins, was slated to benefit the Help Elect America’s Team PAC, the leadership committee of Rep. Kendrick B. Meek, Florida Democrat.

A spokesman for Mr. Meek said the money isn’t being used to scare off potential challengers or to win favor with party leaders.

“It’s to help elect other Democrats,” said spokesman Adam Sharon.