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Rep. Derek Kilmer to screen new ‘Star Wars’ movie for campaign donors

The official Twitter account of U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer tweeted this picture of him.
The official Twitter account of U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer tweeted this picture of him. Courtesy

U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer “won’t accept campaign cash from Sith Lords,” he promised in a recent tweet.

So it will presumably be a Jedi-only event when Kilmer hosts a private screening of the upcoming “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” for campaign contributors.

Buzzfeed News first reported, and Kilmer’s office confirmed, the screening for guests at a $250-per-person reception fundraiser in Washington, D.C.

The story calls U.S. Rep. Kilmer “the biggest Star Wars fan in Congress,” and the Gig Harbor Democrat certainly walks the walk.

“If you came into my office, you would see I’ve got a cardboard Luke Skywalker in my office,” he told Buzzfeed. “I’ve got a Yoda ‘do or do not’ pad. I’ve got a Boba Fett bobblehead in my office.”

The fundraiser and screening are due to take place Dec. 17, the first day moviegoers can watch the new film.

It took preparation dating back to last January to rent a theater for the private showing, Buzzfeed reported.

“There’s a lot of fundraising in D.C. that involves eating stale donuts or bagels,” Kilmer told Buzzfeed. “And, you know, being in a nondescript room. I’d much rather do something that livens it up a little bit.”

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