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New report: Democratic convention fueled by private donations

2008 DNC Convention Roll Call

Roll call of the 2008 DNC convention. (Image credit: Wikipedia)

Massive private fundraising and special interests groups made the show go during last week’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Now it’s the Democrats’ turn in Philadelphia. The fundraising and donations for both party conventions are detailed in reports from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG).

While this week’s convention may be in another city, have a different cast of characters and feature a different party platform, it appears that the Democrats, like the GOP, are relying on big checks – upwards of $100,200 per person – to keep the wheels of the four day political bash moving.

You can thank Congress for this trend, which approved measures eliminating public financing of conventions in 2014. As a result, there are some staggering fundraising trends this year – the same time the Democratic party’s platform promises to “fight to reform our broken campaign finance system, which gives outsized influence to billionaires and big corporations.” Here’s a peek at some of the most important bits in the report:

· $67,199,500: expected private fundraising for the Democratic National Convention
· 24 percent: amount of convention committee funding contributed by donors giving maximum allowable contribution
· 54 percent: amount of Democratic presidential primary campaign cash raised from large donors
· $509,960,527: total raised by both Democratic presidential candidates with pledged delegates at the convention, through June 2016
· $100,200: amount a single donor can donate to a party convention committee per year

Keep checking in on Political Party Time, our blog of the DNC and follow @SFPartyTime as members of as Sunlight team hit Philadelphia. Follow @libbycwatson for the answers to all the questions you never even thought to ask.

Don’t forget to keep sending your invitations – here, or by email Party on!


Big money fuels expensive party conventions

A birds eye view of the RNC presidential convention in 2012

Republican National Convention in 2012; Image credit: Flickr user Think Out Loud

Party conventions have fewer viewers, less suspense (now that nominees are weeded out through primaries), and now, thanks to a 2014 repeal of public financing of conventions (except for security funds), no longer receive any public financial support. Yet, this summer’s 2016 Republican and Democratic conventions are expected to smash spending records, according to Public Citizen, a nonprofit watchdog group that yesterday released a report calling this year’s conventions a “free-for-all” in which “party bosses turn entirely to corporations and the very wealthy” to foot the bill. They estimate that the “Republican convention in Cleveland is likely to cost about $71 million total with $64 million coming from private sources outside the party committee,” while the “Democratic convention in Philadelphia is expected to cost about $65 million, with $60 million coming from the host committee.”

Sunlight’s Political Party Time called attention to the luxuries available to convention-goers in 2012. For Democrats: spa treatments, golfing, a party with Google and Zumba sessions were on the agenda. Meanwhile Republicans could enjoy a beach party, a concert with Willie Nelson and a so-called “Anheuser-Busch Party,” among other lavish festivities.

Sunlight has questioned these practices and suggested that the party platforms themselves have highlighted a problem with money in politics. As Sunlight has noted in the past, there is tension “between the aspirations of the party platform and reality,” and that present practices indicate “hostility toward disclosure of money in politics.”

Sunlight collaborated with Public Citizen in a “bird-dogging” initiative to scrutinize the 2012 and 2008 political conventions and red flag activities which are in violation of ethics rules.

The 2016 conventions will be under special scrutiny because in 2014 Congress repealed public financing of the conventions (except for security, as noted above) and this new era of big private spending ushers in what is estimated to be $64 million of outside money going to the Republican convention and $60 million in funds being spent on behalf of the Democrats.

Sex, Politics and Cocktails fundraiser invitation

Political Party Time has been tracking receptions, coffee meetings and penthouse parties since 2008. This month’s conventions will be no different. Baseball, cocktails and a night with Judd Apatow are just a few of the activities on schedule.

Keep checking in as we post invitations to the events in Cleveland and Philadelphia. Are invites to the convention hitting your inbox? If so, upload them or send your invites to Party on!


Rubio returns with reception for the ages

After bowing out of the presidential race, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., for the looming Florida senate race against Rep. Pat Murphy, D-Fla. He’s begun the fundraising circuit with his new allies: the Pork and Pancake PACs.

Marco Rubio entering stage

Marco Rubio held at least 50 fundraisers during his presidential bid – falling in between Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush.

Last year Rubio converted his Senate campaign committee into his presidential campaign, beginning his presidential run with millions of dollars of cash on hand. He recently converted his presidential campaign committee back to his Marco Rubio for Senate 2016 committee. The Florida senator currently has a little over $2 million cash on hand, but will need to raise much more to compete against Patrick Murphy.

His first fundraiser supporting his Senate re-election came on June 26th in Coral Gables, Fla. But his most recent fundraiser in D.C. is one of the most prolific Senate fundraisers we’ve seen in recent memory.

The evening event featured 28 senators, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Majority Whip John Cornyn. Sponsor levels ran up to $5,000 for PACs and $2,500 for individuals. The reception featured 67 hosts and sponsors were on the bill, including 32 PACs.

Some of the notable sponsors include the following:

AT&T – who has hosted over 75 congressional fundraisers
Bloomin’ Brands – which owns Bonefish Grill, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Fleming’s Steakhouse and Outback Steakhouse
Hotel PAC
Liberty Mutual
NFL – GridIron PAC
Pancake PAC
Pork PAC
SeaWorld PAC
Taco PAC
U.S. Cuba Democracy PAC
U.S. Chamber PAC

Rubio needs to raise significantly more resources than his current war chest if he expects to compete come November. But when Taco PAC has your back, you can’t really lose.

Marco Rubio. (Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr)


How you can officially be on the “Trump Train” or become a “Hillblazer”

Two presidential candidates are all but ready to declare victory as their party’s nominees. But they’re not waiting until the conventions to fundraise through their Victory Funds.

Want to become a Hillstarter? $27,000. Hillraiser? $50,000 Hillblazer? $100,000.

Donald Trump has his own benefits package.

Want to give $15,000? You’re now one of Trump’s Eagles.

Trump and his Eagle

Want to give $2,700? You’re now aboard the Trump Train.

Trump Train

McCutcheon vs. FEC, building on Citizens United vs. FEC, ruled that limiting aggregate contributions an individual can make to national parties and federal candidate committees is unconstitutional. Thus, such vessels make high-dollar fundraisers as easy as unregulated super PACs.

For the past few election cycles, joint fundraising committees (JFCs) have become commonplace once a party’s nominee is known. Based on Sunlight’s previous reporting, we know that a single donor can give $358,880 to the Hillary Victory fund. The money is dispersed through the following channels: $5,400 to Hillary for America, $33,400 to the DNC general account, and $320,000 to 32 state parties ($10,000 to each). The JFC officially formed on September 10, 2015 and Clinton attended her first Victory Fund event in early December of 2015.

Hillary Clinton Dancing

These Victory funds don’t usually pop up until after the nomination is locked. However, Clinton attended her first Victory fundraiser in December of 2015 and benefited from hundreds of Hillary for America fundraisers beforehand. Barack Obama’s Victory fund was created in June of 2008 – just five months before the election. As of December 31, 2012, Obama’s Victory Fund raised $456 million and Mitt Romney’s Victory Fund raised $493 million.

By comparison, Donald Trump’s Trump Victory Committee fund held its first event on May 24, 2016. A single donor can give up to $449,400 to Trump’s JFC through the following channels: $5,400 to Trump for President, $33,400 to the RNC general account, $100,200 to the RNC legal account, $100,200 to the RNC convention account, $100,200 to the RNC headquarters account, and $11,000 to 11 state parties.

For context, over three-fourths of Obama’s donors were from large individual contributions. Compare this to Romney’s Victory Fund whose committee only raise 10 percent of funds from small donors.

At Political Party Time, we strive to provide the most comprehensive public-facing database for elected official fundraisers. Please share any invitations you find by anonymously uploading or emailing them to us here. For a look into the rest of this week’s parties and beyond, check out our calendar of events here. Send us your comments here, or tweet at @SFPartyTime.

Party on!


Cruz, Kasich and the industries that fueled their campaigns

Lobbyists and career politicians make up the Washington Cartel.Ted Cruz

“I think we need to have more low-dollar efforts here [in this] country. You know, having a handful of billionaires that can basically, with special interest, [the fact that] they can kind of buy an election is something that bothers me.” John Kasich


Despite their rhetoric, campaign cash from lobbyists served as catalysts to keep Ted Cruz and John Kasich afloat. They vied to be the alternative to Donald Trump; now they’re watching the postseason from their couches. Let’s look back at the last two presidential candidates to concede.

While lawmakers frequently fundraise with high-profile donors, many hosts are “consultants” or “advisors” at special interest groups. Here, we only use the term “lobbyist” if it is in their official title or if they are registered as such.

John Kasich

Governor of Ohio John Kasich at NH FITN 2016, Photo Credit: Michael Vadon, Flickr

The Ohio governor’s moderate agenda led to just a moderate amount of votes throughout the GOP primaries. Holding just 18 fundraisers – according to our Party Time database – during his presidential run, Kasich couldn’t muster much support after winning his home state of Ohio.

Kasich’s first fundraiser of his presidential bid occurred almost one year ago on May 20, 2015. Paul Singer, a hedge fund manager and registered lobbyist with Elliott Management, hosted the luncheon. Singer is the third-largest donor to outside groups this election cycle, donating about $10.5 million to Republicans.

Kasich’s Aqua Al 2 fundraiser — the eighth-busiest fundraising venue in the D.C. area – featured:

    —Tina Jonas, a lobbyist for CIS (which advocates for a bolstered military)
    —Kerry Knott, former Comcast VP
    — Lisa Piraneo, a lobbyist wanting to rid the country of “radical Islam
    — Mike Rock, a transportation lobbyist
    — Stewart Young, a lobbyist against net neutrality

Kasich’s first fundraiser of 2016 was at the home of Kevin Mandia in California. The event also featured at least three additional lobbyists, including:

    — Naren Gupta, founder of Nexus Venture Partners
    — Mark Kvamme, co-founder at the firm Drive Capital
    — Kevin Mandia, president of FireEye and a registered lobbyist
    — Chad R. Walsh, patent attorney

Kasich spent the next day in Los Angeles dining with Ron Burkle, co-owner of the Pittsburgh Penguins and lobbyist for the manufacturing industry. In preparation for the Georgia primary, Kasich held a fundraiser in the Peach State with:

    — Michael J. Coles, former CEO of Caribou coffee and former CEO of Great American Cookie Company
    — John Dancu, president and CEO of Idology, registered lobbyist
    — Charles Kuck, leader of Kuck Immigration Partners LLC, lobbying for permissive immigration laws
    — William Woodall, lobbyist for Georgia Carry, a Second Amendment advocacy group

Kasich later fundraised in Gulfport, Miss., with more than a dozen hosts from the fields of nursing, anesthesiology and health care. Some of the hosts included:

    — Brian Conklin, lobbyist for USAA
    — Jay Cottingham, oil and gas lobbyist
    — Pete Perry, Hinds County GOP chair accused of voter fraud
    — Billy Powell, petroleum lobbyist

In the Big Apple, Kasich fundraised with Harry Sloan, CEO of Global Eagle Acquisition Corp. and former CEO of MGM.

Days before his big — and only — primary victory in Ohio, Kasich fundraised with Bill Smithburg, former CEO of Quaker Oats.

Kasich fundraised a month later at the home of former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman, now a lobbyist at Whitman Strategy Group, and with Lawrence Bathgate, a fundraiser and donor for former presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

Kasich then traveled to Connecticut to see:

    — Barbara Franklin, a former secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce
    — Bob Forrester, CEO of the Newman’s Own Foundation
    — Jim Loree, president of Stanley Black & Decker
    — Kevin O’Connor, former U.S. attorney for Connecticut

Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, DC, Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore, Flickr

Everything’s bigger in Texas, including the donors. According to Party Time, Ted Cruz centered most of his fundraisers in his home state of Texas, with 12 of his 33 fundraisers taking place there, five in New York City (where he spoke ill of their values) and five in D.C. with the “Washington cartel” he campaigned to upend.

One of his first fundraisers in Houston included several fossil fuel advocates. Cruz fundraised with more than 20 oil and gas lobbyists and consultants throughout the election cycle, including:

    — Charles “Chuck” Cooper, lawyer at Cooper & Kirk PLLC, lead legal defense of California’s Proposition 8, and counsel to the National Rifle Association
    — Brady Edwards, partner at Morgan Lewis, gave $10,800 to Cruz’s campaign
    — David Grimes, ‎founder of TortSmart, LLC, an oil and gas company
    — Willie Langston, Cruz’s finance chairman, previously worked for Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley; currently, he’s a founding partner and chairman of Avalon Advisors, and has donated to Cruz 14 times for a total of $17,550
    — Rebekah Mercer, daughter of Robert Mercer, who donated $11 million to Ted Cruz’s Keep The Promise PAC
    — Cary McNair, vice chairman of the McNair Group and son of Houston Texans owner Bob McNair, who gave $5,400 to Cruz’s campaign and half a million dollars to his PAC Keep the Promise.

Cruz even fundraised in blue Austin, Texas, with John Paul DeJoria, co-founder of Paul Mitchell hair care products.

His San Antonio event featured Red McCombs, billionaire co-founder of Clear Channel Communications, chairman of Constellis Group, former owner of the San Antonio Spurs, Denver Nuggets and the Minnesota Vikings, and the namesake of the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas.

A reception in Dallas featured two more of the Lone Star State’s most powerful players:

    — William Alvin “Tex” Moncrief, Jr.: billionaire president of Moncrief Oil, who donated $50,000 to Keep the Promise PAC I
    — Tom Hicks, who co-founded the investment firm, Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst; previously co-owned the English football club Liverpool F.C.; and chairman of Hicks Holdings LLC, which owns and operates Hicks Sports Group, the company that formerly owned the Texas Rangers, the Dallas Stars and the Mesquite Championship Rodeo

Another Houston fundraiser featured Willie Langston, Cruz’s finance chairman, who previously worked for Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, and who currently is a founding partner and chairman of Avalon Advisors. Langston has donated to cruz 14 times for $17,550.

In addition to Ilya Shapiro, editor-in-chief of Cato Supreme Court Review, many other associates from Jones Day fundraised with the Texas senator.

Although Cruz decried Wall Street money and linked Hillary Clinton’s corruption with her unreleased speeches, he benefited from at least four fundraisers with prominent donors, including Joseph Konzelmann, a Goldman Sachs managing director, as well as Ken and Nina Abramowitz, whose family is one of the top contributors for campaign contributions.

In D.C., Cruz benefited from four fundraisers in our nation’s capital, partying with Jonathan Greenberg, an associate at Morgan Stanley.

The DNC recently reversed their ban on lobbyists donations. Donald Trump didn’t appear in our fundraising database as a beneficiary until last week. Now that both sides are down to party with special interests, lobbyists may FINALLY have their voices heard, one donation at a time.

2016 presidential PartyTimeData Partytime Uncategorized • POSTED - 04.27.16 BY Drew Doggett

Hillary Clinton’s most ’scandalous’ fundraiser yet

While Hillary Clinton’s weathered her fair share of scandals, it seems she’s finally encountered one that could actually boost her political career. The cast of “Scandal,” ABC’s drama about a cheating president and his mistress, is supporting the former secretary of state at a $5,000 per-person fundraiser today in Washington, D.C.

While the program’s star, Kerry Washington, won’t attend, she previously showed her support when HRC visited the Los Angeles set of Scandal in February. Washington instagrammed an #imwithher selfie with the Democratic frontrunner.

Shonda Rhimes, the show’s creator, starred in Clinton campaign ads and has a history of supporting liberal causes. She previously maxed-out to Hillary Clinton in 2007, and has given big to the Democratic National Committee twice — $33,400 in 2015 and $32,400 in 2014.

The full list of hosts include actors Tony Goldwyn, Guillermo Diaz, Katie Lowes, Jeff Perry, Bellamy Young, as well as Clinton advisors Jake Sullivan and Huma Abedin.

While Clinton won’t be in attendance, Abedin and Sullivan will stand in. Both are in the midst of their own scandal, with an FBI investigation regarding classified files while they were aides to Clinton at the Department of State.

Hillary’s Hollywood endorsements continue to grow – with her most recent high-profile fundraiser with George and Amal Clooney. With the Democratic nomination getting closer and closer, she has plenty of reasons to party on.

Kerry Washington

2016 presidential Partytime Uncategorized • POSTED - 04.22.16 BY Drew Doggett

Party Time Vault: Trump the benefactor

The Donald openly admits to his contributions on both sides of the aisle, but his past beneficiaries may surprise you. From the founder of Jimmy John’s to Henry Kissinger, here’s whom Trump has fundraised with in the past seven years.

    — He partnered with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — who eventually became a presidential opponent-turned-supporter of Trump — two years ago to fundraise for Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, who also went on to endorse Trump, at the Trump National Golf Club.
    — Trump teamed up with former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani to help elect Pam Bondi, the Republican Florida attorney general, at a Palm Beach, Fla., fundraiser.
    — Iowa Rep. Steve King, R, enjoyed Trump’s fundraising prowess in 2014, only to endorse Ted Cruz for the 2016 election.
    — Trump fundraised for the Republican Party of Palm Beach County at the Lincoln Day Dinner, again featuring Christie as well as conservative radio host Laura Ingraham, a Trump supporter.
    — Just last week, Donald hosted a fundraiser for the Suffolk County Republicans in New York.

Not all his fundraising goes to “winners”

While Trump claims he always wins, some of Trump’s fundraisers benefitted “losers.”

    — Trump fundraised for Florida Gov. Charlie Crist in 2009, who lost his Senate race to Marco Rubio. Trump also donated to Crist’s campaign multiple times.
    — Donald hosted a fundraiser in his New York City home for Tea Party Rep. Allen B. West, Fla., who went on to become a conservative commentator after losing his re-election bid in 2012.

Throwing presidential parties

And while Trump hasn’t officially ran for president until this election, he’s been involved in presidential fundraising in the past.

    — Mitt Romney created a “Dine with The Donald” event where donors could contribute as little as $10 and be entered to win a seat at Trump’s table.
    — Just a month before the 2012 presidential election, Trump hosted a massive retreat benefiting presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Other notable names on the billing included Mayor Rudy Giuliani who recently, sort of, endorsed Donald Trump, Jimmy John Liautaud (founder of Jimmy John’s subs), comedian Dennis Miller, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, and businessman and investor Charles Schwab.

Since then, the relationship has apparently soured; the two have had some not-so-nice things to say about each other.

And even when Trump wasn’t in attendance for his fundraisers, his properties were the prime venue for fundraisers.

    — His golf club in Virginia hosted the 32nd Annual Tip O’Neill Golf Tournament for the National Democratic Club, as well as a fundraiser for Indiana Republican Gov. Mike Pence, who has endorsed Trump.
    — His tower in Stamford, Conn., was used to support another Romney fundraiser with Henry Kissinger.
    — He also lent his hotel in Las Vegas for a Romney event in 2012 which charged up to $250,000 to chair.
    — His tower in NYC was used to host a fundraiser for former Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas.
    — Trump’s International Tower in Chicago played host to a funder for ex-Rep. Melissa Bean, D-Ill.

Even his daughter, Ivanka, hosted a fundraiser with her husband Jared Kushner, owner of Kushner Properties and the New York Observer, at their home for then-Senate candidate Cory Booker back in 2013.

Lastly, of course, here are the fundraisers Party Time has benefiting Trump himself…


Marco Rubio rides into the sunset

After failing to secure his home state of Florida last week, Marco Rubio bowed out of the 2016 presidential race. The pro-Rubio super PAC – Conservative Solutions PAC – raised $25 million in February, and his official campaign raised $9.6 million, but it wasn’t enough to keep his campaign afloat.

According to Political Party Time, there were 52 fundraisers benefiting Rubio, and nearly half of them took place in December and January. He frequently fundraised in Florida and the District of Columbia, and the events clustered around big donors.

As we bid Rubio adieu, let’s take a moment to look back over the most memorable fundraisers in Party Time.

-Best Use of Alliteration: Mojitos with Marco

-Most Girl Power: Women for Marco featuring Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash., Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va., and Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah

-Most Scenic View: Yellowstone Club in Big Sky, Montana

-Best Jazz Flute-Playing Host: Arturo Sandoval, famous Cuban jazz trumpeter, pianist and composer

-Best Bargain: Rick Harrison from Pawn Stars hosted a “Rally-Style” fundraiser in Miami and a “Birthday Celebration” in Las Vegas

-Best early 2000s Throwback: Five for Fighting singer-songwriter Vladimir John Ondrasik III

-Best Wi-Fi Reception at a Reception: At the Capitol Hill Club fundraiser, Marco was joined by Rep. Sean P. Duffy, R-Wis., Rep. Austin Scott, R-Ga., Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Ind., and Rep. Darin LaHood, R-Ill., in addition to Peter Davidson (Verizon lobbyist) and Christopher Chapel (NextEra Energy lobbyist)

-Most Expensive: $27,000 reception at Miami Beach

2016 elections PartyTimeData Partytime • POSTED - 03.18.16 BY Drew Doggett

Members of Congress shoot hoops and collect shamrocks for fundraising

The madness has begun. Well, fundraising madness never really ends, but the March Madness basketball tournament now begins. Spring is in the air. St. Patrick’s Day has arrived. And our lawmakers are looking to use all three to increase their cash flow.

Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va. likes to wear green as much as he likes to raise it. The congressman hosted his 22nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Fete at Kena Temple. The entry fee was only $40, but $500 or more got you into the VIP reception.

Ron Swanson

Fun Fact: Corned beef and cabbage is the Irish version of spaghetti and meatballs.

Love Irish holidays as well as Japanese cuisine? Rep. Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y. has the culturally confused covered with a Sushi and Shamrocks Fest. Hosts were asked to contribute $2,500 to attend.

Fun Fact: There are 34.7 million U.S. residents with Irish ancestry. This number is more than seven times the population of Ireland itself.

Even the House Speaker is feeling the Luck of the Irish. Rep. Paul Ryan’s, R-Wis. St. Patrick’s Day Reception at Union Market featured many a congressperson. Speaker Ryan loves to give back to his party through greenbacks.

Fun Fact: Saint Patrick’s color was actually a light shade of blue. The color green became associated with his holiday after it was linked to the Irish independence movement in the late 1700s.

Paul Ryan

The Atlantic Coast Conference basketball tournament roared into D.C. last week, and lawmakers took notice. Rep Don Beyer, D-Va., and Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md., each held events for fellow hoops fans, offering box seats to the tourney at the Verizon Center. Seating alongside the two congressmen at the tournament championship cost just $750.

Fun Fact: Wallethub estimates that “hourly corporate losses will amount to roughly $1.9 billion as a result of workers whose productivity has been diverted by March Madness.”


In 2013, we saw an abundance of March Madness-themed fundraisers while 2015 centered around St. Paddy’s Day. Regardless of the occasion, we’ll strive to build the most comprehensive calendar of the fundraising circuit. Please share any invitations you find by anonymously uploading or emailing them to us here. For a look into the rest of this week’s parties and beyond, check out our calendar of events here. Party on!


Wild Wednesday of fundraising feat. Bon Jovi, Billie Jean King, the Washington Capitals and more

While we trot to the office and lethargically work after surviving the #blizzard2016, our lawmakers are out raising money. (Fundraising does not hibernate.) In one of the craziest days of the 2016 campaign trail, here are some of the most notable fundraisers happening on Jan. 27th.

Was the snowstorm to kickoff the year not enough for you? For even more ice, join Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., for an evening of hockey, Philly style. It’s at Washington’s Verizon Center, but instead of rooting for the Capitals, your $2,000 ticket probably requires you to cheer for the Flyers. Go sports!

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will attend a gala tonight in Philadelphia, joined by Franklin Square Capital Partners Executive Michael C. Forman and state Rep. Michael Gerber, D. But is the former secretary of state still the frontrunner or is she Livin’ on a Prayer? She constantly tells voters I’ll Be There for You and she will Never Say Goodbye. While her poll standings are certainly not on a Bed of Roses, she just wants her donors to Have a Nice Day.

If you haven’t guessed it, her special guest tonight is none other than Jon Bon Jovi. Enjoy his acoustic set for $1,000 and become a host with a photo op for folks who bundle $27,000.

Presidential candidate Chris Christie is in the Windy City for a fundraiser with Dan Webb of Winston & Strawn and local CEOs Gregg Sherrill of Teneco and Greg Brown of Motorola Solutions. Dan Webb previously donated to Hillary Clinton’s campaign, but he promises his vote to the New Jersey governor.

Chelsea Clinton is busting her supporters into shape at SoulCycle this afternoon in the NYC neighborhood of Tribeca. Joined by famed instructor Laurie Cole, Chelsea wants you to be part of her “pack” and reserve a bike for $2,700.

She may have won the Battle of the Sexes, but Billie Jean King is still fighting – for Hillary, that is. The tennis superstar and Hillary campaign manager Robby Mook will host an LGBT reception in New York City tonight.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., is out to lunch at one of D.C.’s hottest Indian restaurants, Rasika. Those who want to splurge can host for $5,000, or you can simply dine with the senator for $500. Additionally, those who just want to go for Restaurant Week in D.C. can pay $478 less for a three-course lunch. (Sunlight gives this spot 10/10).

And finally, House Speaker Paul Ryan is fundraising in Chicago tonight with the largest entourages so far this year. Sure, you can attend the reception for just $1,000, but the speaker wants you to go all out and donate at least $50,000 to be a Council Member on Team Ryan. Congressmen in attendance include GOP reps Greg Walden, Ore., Adam Kinziger, Ill., Mike Bost, Ill., Randy Hultgren, Ill., Rodney Davis, Iowa, Darin Lahood, Ill., John Shimkus, Ill., Bob Dold, Ill., and Peter Roskam, Ill..

For a look into the rest of this week’s parties and beyond, check out our calendar of events here. Party On!


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Venue Name: where the party is

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