Beleaguered Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu is getting some help from his gay Republican colleagues.

The 43-year-old Babeu in February acknowledged that he is gay in the course of denying charges made by his former boyfriend, Jose Orozco, that Babeu threatened to have him deported if he discussed their relationship. Orozo has since filed a $1 million lawsuit.

The allegations and lawsuit threaten to derail Babeu's campaign for Arizona's 4th Congressional District, considered to be the state's most socially conservative.

Former Congressman Jim Kolbe, who is openly gay, on Tuesday will host a fundraising reception for Babeu in his District of Columbia home. Also playing host is R. Clarke Cooper, executive director of gay group Log Cabin Republicans. Suggested donations are $250 for young professionals, $500 for individuals and $1,000 for PACs.

“Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu is a rising star in conservative politics,” reads the invitation.

The invite also lists Babeu as a member of Log Cabin Republicans. In an earlier interview with CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer, Babeu said he would consider joining the group.

“Simply by being who we are – unapologetically pro-gay and unapologetically conservative – Log Cabin Republicans like Sheriff Babeu are helping to secure the freedoms American stands for, and that's something we can all be proud of.”

The fundraiser comes just days after the Phoenix New Times reported that contributions to Babeu's campaign had gone from a stream to a trickle since the scandal made national headlines.