President Donald Trump plans to attend a high-dollar fundraiser with U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner before the two appear at a campaign rally in Colorado Springs on Thursday, Republicans invited to the event confirm.
Billed as a "special rally opportunity," an invitation to the fundraiser lists Gardner as a host, along with Republican National Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale.
Tickets to a pre-rally reception cost $2,800 per person. Couples who donate or raise $25,000 get what's described as a "photo opportunity" with the president.
The event is sponsored by Colorado Trump Victory, a joint fundraising committee that was established this week by Trump and Gardner's reelection campaigns and the RNC.
Trump is set to appear with Gardner for a "Keep America Great" rally at 5 p.m. Thursday at The Broadmoor World Arena. There is no cost to attend the rally, but attendees must reserve tickets at the Trump campaign's website.
Trump and Gardner, who have endorsed each other's reelection bids, face uphill battles in Colorado, a state Trump lost to Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016 with an electorate that turned even sharper to the left in the last election.
Although both Republicans' approval ratings are under water with Colorado voters, their campaigns say it's too early to count them out in a state with a notorious independent streak.
Gardner, one of the most vulnerable Republican senators on the ballot this year, appeared at a Trump fundraiser with former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley and Donald Trump Jr. in New York in October. He was one of nine GOP senators who were "special guests" at a November fundraiser headlined by the president at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Vice President Mike Pence raised money in Colorado for the Trump and Gardner campaigns at separate events in July.
Gardner's fundraising dipped slightly for the most recent quarter, when the Republican brought in $2 million in contributions, lagging the $2.8 million raised for the quarter by his leading Democratic challenger, former Gov. John Hickenlooper. The incumbent, however, started the year with $7.8 million in the bank, more than twice the $3.2 million reported by Hickenlooper.
Thursday's fundraiser takes place at an undisclosed location in Colorado Springs. The invitation says space is limited, and prospective donors will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis.
Trump is holding a rally the night before in Phoenix with Arizona Sen. Martha McSally, another endangered Republican senator.
Other hosts of the Colorado fundraiser include RNC Co-Chairman Tommy Hicks Jr., Todd Ricketts, a co-owner of the Chicago Cubs and the GOP's national finance chairman, and Kimberly Guilfoyle, finance chair for the Trump campaign, according to an invitation obtained by Colorado Politics.
The fundraiser was first reported by Colorado Public Radio.
The Trump and Gardner campaigns and the RNC didn't respond to requests for comment.