Good morning, partiers! Still feeling sleepy from all of that turkey and Black Friday shopping? Well, pour yourself another cup of coffee and get ready for some fundraising festivities because it’s going to be a busy December – we’ve counted 44 parties on the books so far, and most are during the first two weeks. We are certain more shindigs are brewing out there, so, as always, let us know what we’re missing.
If you are in the mood for some holiday-themed gatherings, you’re in luck. On Wednesday, Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., will have an Italian-Style Holiday Reception while Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md., is throwing a Holiday Wine Tasting at Sonoma Wine Bar. ’Tis the season.
This upcoming weekend, Republicans will be busy raising some cash in the Big Apple and Virginia. Florida’s Alex Sink will be in D.C. Wednesday for an event headlined by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Alison Lundergan Grimes will hit up her home state for contributions today.
Grimes goes for some (more) green
Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes hasn’t wanted for national attention since announcing in July that she was running to unseat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. Grimes, Kentucky’s current Secretary of State, benefits from family connections her father cultivated as the chairman of the state’s Democratic Party, including the deep-pocketed network of the ever-present Clintons.
To wit: Grimes has been gallivanting across the U.S. collecting campaign cash. And lots of it. According to the most recent filings on our Real-Time Tracker, Grimes brought in more than $2.5 million during the third quarter, out-raising McConnell, who collected just shy of $2.3 million. Democratic fundraiser extraordinaire Jeffrey Katzenberg raised money for her in Los Angeles in September, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., headlined a Las Vegas luncheon in October, and Hillary Clinton’s bestie, Susie Tompkins Buell, hosted Grimes in San Francisco a few days before Halloween.
Grimes also got a shout-out from First Lady Michelle Obama during a New York City fundraiser for Senate Democrats a few weeks ago. But perhaps in a nod to the president’s sinking approval ratings, Grimes took a step back from any perceived chumminess with the White House. “Listen, I did not have any conversations or interactions with the First Lady,” Grimes told a Louisville news station. “I was there as part of a women’s policy conference.”
Come Monday, it’s all about her home state. Grimes heads to the northern Kentucky community of Hebron for a fundraiser at a private home. According to PT’s data, it’s the third time she’s tapped Kentucky-based donors so far. Anybody know of more? Stuff those invites, newspaper clippings, swell party mementoes right here.
Collecting cash with Christie
Gov. Chris Christie, the newly minted head of the Republican Governors Association, has lined up two parties at the end of this week in deep red territory. Christie is lending his fundraising clout to events benefiting Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter.
Fallin made headlines last month when she weighed in on the military’s compliance with the Supreme Court’s DOMA decision. She joined four other states when she ordered state-owned National Guard bases to stop handling applications for all military spouse benefits in order to keep gay couples from getting any. Instead, all related paperwork must go through one of the state’s four federally owned outlets (which Stephen Colbert had a field day with). Fallin cited Oklahoma’s 2004 voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage in her announcement, stating that the new policy “protects the integrity of our state constitution and sends a message to the federal government that they cannot simply ignore our laws or the will of the people.”
So, basically, Fallin could use some fundraising fun. She’ll be celebrating her birthday (No. 59) with Christie at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City on Thursday evening. We suggest a second piece of cake (just not wedding cake).
On Friday, Christie heads to the Coeur d’Alene Resort in Idaho to a fundraiser for Otter. As Republicans continue to debate Christie’s conservative bona fides, he’ll stumble into a governor’s race that’s starting to look a lot like other GOP contests. The two-term governor just got wind of a Republican challenger in the form of State Sen. Russ Fulcher. According to the Idaho Statesman, Fulcher was hobnobbing with his state’s tea partiers in the week leading up to his announcement.
Big names, big bucks
Florida’s Alex Sink, will be getting lots of love from all sorts of bold-named Democrats at her Wednesday night fundraiser in D.C. Expected to attend: Pelosi, and other members of the House Democratic leadership team — Reps. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, James Clyburn of South Carolina, Steve Israel of New York — along with the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, and the rest of Florida’s Democratic congressional delegation. They’ll be putting their collective weight behind Sink’s effort to win a March 11 special election for the Tampa Bay House seat that the late Rep. Bill Young, a Republican, occupied for more than four decades. Of course, all those Democrats will be asking you for some money.
Sink is viewed as a potential Democratic star: After working in the banking industry, Sink pinged around Florida’s state government halls, first as the treasurer of the State Board of Administration and then as the state’s chief financial officer. In 2010, she ran for governor against Rick Scott and lost by one percentage point.
The race to replace Young, who died in October, promises to be tight, and already has both sides talking – Democrats were quick to praise Sink’s decision, and Republicans pounced as soon as she made her announcement.
No weekend plans? Want to part-ay with the Republican Party? You’ve got options: Both Virginia and New York City are hosting GOP fundraisers this weekend.
At the Omni Resort in Hot Springs, Virginian Republicans will meet up to debrief about the 2013 election and to start strategizing for next year. The invite promises workshops, receptions, luncheons – and Gov. Rick Perry. The Texan is slated to speak at the Saturday night black-tie gala. We’d suggest wearing cowboy boots with your tux, but you might be the only one; Perry has been leaving his on the shelf as he two-steps back into national politics, including during a recent stop in all-important Iowa.
But if you prefer to party in the big city, the National Republican Congressional Committee get-together may be more your style. The National Republican Congressional Committee’s annual Bright Lights and Broadway Regional Meeting for members of its “steering committee” is in Manhattan this weekend. For an annual membership of a mere $10,000, committee members get things like email updates, issue briefings with Republican leaders and invites to other regional events. What a deal.
Those are the highlights of this busy week, partiers. What have we missed? Let us know!
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The country’s number one and number two are hoping to cash in on some major donors’ feelings of holiday-induced goodwill on Monday and Tuesday. President Barack Obama is slated to attend four fundraisers in California, and Vice President Joe Biden will lunch with fellow Dems in downtown Chicago.
Obama is making the most of his West Coast travels. On Sunday, he attended a $20,000-per-person “discussion” at the home of philanthropists/Zumiez creator Sonya and Tom Campion in Seattle. Then, Obama hit up donors at former Microsoft exec and art aficionado Jon Shirley’s Seattle home during a $32,400-per-couple event. Obama raised money for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee with Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., at the art collector’s mansion, which happens to be a few doors down from Bill Gates’ 48,000-square-foot charmer. Here’s hoping that this time the prez remembered Shirley’s name – when he hosted a $35,800-per-couple brunch in 2011, Obama apparently referred to Shirley as “Mark.” Now that’s what we call awkward.
Come Monday, it’s time to schmooze with deep-pocketed Democratic supporters in California. First stop: the SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco for a lunch benefiting the Democratic National Committee.
The president has been a money magnet throughout his busy fundraising schedule, which made last week’s news about reduced ticket prices to the Bay Area event all the more surprising. Entry to the luncheon originally started at $1,000 and went up to $15,000, but the SF Gate reported that the first-level tickets were slashed to $500 and “organizers are even making deals on some of the $15,000 tickets to the reception with the president, with prices dropping to as low as $10,000.” Is this a case of donor fatigue, or maybe just a post-Thanksgiving Day sale come early?
Then Obama hits the L.A. pad of Magic Johnson and his wife, Cookie, for a reception. (Quick game of hoops in the backyard, anyone?) The former Laker and Showtime star has been in the news recently, talking with Anderson Cooper about his HIV diagnosis in 1991 and his recently out gay son.
Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Pelosi will be on hand at the Johnsons’ home for the $2,500- to $15,000-per-person event. The DCCC also set up a lottery so people could sign up for free to win a seat at the event – or, if you read the fine print, you could make a hefty contribution and then enter the lottery. Which feels counterintuitive to the whole “win a free trip” thing, but we digress.
Come dinnertime, Obama will head to the home of billionaire media mogul Haim Saban. Saban is tight with the Clintons – he backed Hillary in the 2008 primaries, and reportedly was so upset when she lost that he considered supporting the Republican candidate, Sen. John McCain, in the general election – and has been critical of Obama’s approach to Israel. He contributes significantly to Democrats, but has never hosted an event for Obama.
Back in October, the event’s organizers were hoping to have the $32,400-per-couple shindig at Saban’s Beverly Hills mansion, and turns out, the partier-in-chief got his way.
Tuesday morning finds Obama at “Friends” creator Marta Kauffman’s home for a roundtable discussion. This funder is a long time coming: It was rescheduled twice, first from a September event that the White House put off due to the crisis in Syria and then from an October event with First Lady Michelle Obama that was scratched because of the government shutdown. Hopefully everyone can make up for lost opportunities with plenty of coffee drinking and as many “Friends” references as possible.
The VP is no slouch when it comes to fundraising, which we learned when checking out his recent party schedule. On Monday, Biden heads to downtown Chicago for a luncheon for Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin. Tickets start at $2,500 and go up to $37,600 per person.
After playing coy about running for reelection, Durbin decided to go for it in 2014. State Sen. Jim Oberweis recently said he’s looking to throw his hat in the ring for the GOP primary, but, according to the Chicago Tribune, Illinois Republican leaders are suggesting he do some “soul-searching” first, citing previous controversial statements he’s made during campaigns.
That’s a whirlwind few days of fundraising, so let’s all agree to take off Thursday and Friday for turkey, football and bargain hunting. Catch you on the flip side, partiers.
(P.S. What funders are we missing? Drop us a line and let us know!)
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It’s Vice President Joe Biden’s birthday today, and even at the tender age of 71, he’s showing no signs of slowing down. In fact, if recent travels are any indication, the VP may be angling for shot at the White House in 2016. On Monday, Party Time reviewed Biden’s recent excursions on the national party circuit — noting his stops in key primary states and large, donor-rich cities.
Today the vice president is in Panama on official business, touring the famed canal and meeting with President Ricardo Martinelli. Though, it seems that even on the other end of the continent the VP can not avoid the rumors of his presidential ambitions. A pool report notes that Martinelli — who will have exhausted term limits by 2014 –quipped that Biden would be the next of the two men to run for a presidency. Biden, ever bashful, could only muster a cryptic “Oh, we’ll talk about that,” in response. (Pictured right: Biden returning from Panama to rejoin the party circuit).
Luckily, if he decides to toss his name into the ring his post has given him all the experience necessary for the gig — at least when it comes to fundraising.
As the current man occupying the Oval Office has shown, presidents must be both leaders and chief fundraisers, and Biden has certainly done his due diligence. Although he has picked up his pace in recent weeks, Party Time records show (see map) that Biden has been crisscrossing the country raising cash for members of Congress and the national party all year.
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Biden’s 2013 itinerary included funders in “ATM” states for the Democratic National Committee in places like Atlanta, Austin and San Francisco. He also lent his name to and embattled incumbents Sens. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and Kay Hagan, D-S.C.
An appearance by a party bigwig like the vice president can help to drum up buzz and cash. At least four of the fundraisers Biden attended (or will attend) this year have suggested contributions in the five figure range. Three of these — the upcoming Windy City funder for Durbin’s Senate Victory Fund, DNC’s National Issues Conference in Washington and the Baltimore bash for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee — had maximum contributions of over $30,000.
Sounds like someone is ready for the big leagues.
As always, if any of our intrepid readers catch wind of other fundraisers featuring the vice president, show you care and kindly share.
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Vice President Joe Biden is generally not one for shying away from, well, anything. But the former senator and two-time candidate for his party’s presidential nomination has thus far been uncharacteristically tightlipped about his 2016 plans, despite indications that he may have his eyes on another run for the White House.
His party itinerary will do nothing to quell those rumors, as his travels look suspiciously like those of a man testing the waters for a presidential campaign. In recent weeks Biden’s fundraising forays have taken him to electoral battlegrounds like North Carolina and Ohio and to metro areas flush with deep pocketed donors as he has raised helped to raise cash for the national party and congressional allies. In the past few months he has also paid visits to Austin, Texas, and Indianola, Iowa, where he dropped hints of White House ambitions bid at the annual Steak Fry hosted by Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa.
Earlier this month Biden hit Shaker Heights, Ohio, and Atlanta, Ga., reviewing transportation infrastructure in the Cleveland suburb — a fundraising pit stop he also hit in 2011 — and stumping for immigration reform in the ATL. Of course, like any pol worth his salt, he managed to find time to fit in some fundraising during both of these trips.
The Vice President’s Nov. 6 review of railways in Shaker Heights was followed by a closed-door fundraiser for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. During his Atlanta swing on Nov. 14, he lent his name to a funder for the Democratic National Committee. While interparty enthusiasm for another Biden run pales compared to another Hillary Clinton campaign, it never hurts one’s chances to help the national party get some much-needed green — particularly as the national party struggles to keep pace with their Republican rivals. October reports show the DNC lagging behind the RNC in cash on hand by a margin of more than two-to-one.
The DSCC has also received some love from the nation’s partier-in-chief — Party Time records show that President Obama attended two fundraiser’s for the party’s senate arm the same week, in Philadelphia.
Most recently, the Veep had a fundraising double ticket on Nov. 15 in North Carolina — one of the first states to hold primaries and a key electoral battleground. Biden’s first stop was a small breakfast funder in Charlotte at the home of health care executive Bert Scott, where, the Charlotte Observer notes, the Vice President munched on a southern-style meal of shrimp and grits with 15 guests.
This was followed by a drive down tobacco road to Chapel Hill’s lovely Carolina Club on the UNC campus, where Biden helped rake in bucks for North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan. Although the event was originally set to take place Oct. 21, it was rescheduled after the government shutdown. Tickets ranged from $500 to $10,000 for a chance to party with the VP and Hagan.
A local ABC affiliate reports that Hagan’s vice presidential fundraiser was met with a harsh rebuke from the RNC, which is targeting the Senator for her support of the president’s healthcare reform. Biden apparently avoided mentioning the troubled insurance rollout in his remarks.
As for what’s next on the docket for Biden’s cross-country tour, the 70 years young Dem will journey to the windy city Nov. 25 to raise money for the Durban Senate Victory fund for Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill, where tickets will range from $2,500 to $37,600 for the luncheon.
Today, the VP is in Houston stumping for more federal investment in the nation’s infrastructure. He does not appear to have any fundraisers planned.
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Hey, partiers, hey! It’s Monday morning in the nation’s capital, which means we are looking at a week of committee hearings, legislation markups and, you guessed it, fundraisers.
Michigan’s upcoming Senate race is nudging Terri Lynn Land further into the national spotlight, especially after an upcoming D.C. fundraiser with GOP heavy-hitters like Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. And Pennsylvania politicians are keeping us on our toes this week, with some Washington-based shindigs, including a Penguins-Capitals game on Wednesday. That feels like a setup to a bad, political-insider joke: A Democratic senator and a Republican congressman walk into the Verizon Center …
Here’s the scoop on what’s happening this week. But what are we missing? As always, let us know what you’ve heard about!
Corbett cashes in
Pennsylvania GOP-ers are coming out in a big way on Monday evening for Gov. Tom Corbett. They are excited, they are pumped, and they want you to open up that checkbook.
Corbett announced Nov. 6 that he’s seeking a second term, even though 44 percent of registered Republicans say he should step aside for a different GOP candidate, according to a recent Franklin & Marshall College poll. News reports from the reelection kickoff said that poll numbers don’t concern Corbett, which is probably a good thing, since his approval ratings have been below 30 percent since May.
He’s also staring down a herd of challengers. The Morning Call reported that eight Democrats are vying to unseat Corbett, including Rep. Allyson Schwartz and several local and state government officials.
On the heels of snagging former Gov. Tom Ridge’s endorsement – and reports that Corbett just hired a Ridge-affiliated firm to lobby for Pennsylvania in D.C., which Sunlight’s Bill Allison weighed in on – the Keystone State delegation is throwing a party. Tickets start at $1,000 for the reception that’s hosted by former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour’s lobbying firm, BGR Group.
Two political parties, one hockey game
Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa., slated to attend Corbett’s Monday evening event, is having a busy week. He’ll also headline his own fundraiser Wednesday at the Verizon Center. The Pittsburgh Penguins are facing off against the Washington Capitals, and Kelly is hoping you’ll plunk down at least $500 to watch the game, and, you know, help him get reelected.
On the outside chance the game gets boring, you could always ask for a reenactment of Kelly’s rousing floor speech last summer about a Republican budget proposal. It’s an oldie but a goodie.
And if you need more proof that sports is a great equalizer, Democratic Sen. Bob Casey will also be at the game and also asking for your money. Casey – who beat out Rick Santorum in ’06 and then last year became the first Democrat in his state to get reelected to the Senate since 1962 – won’t be on a ballot again until 2018. But if we’ve learned anything, partiers, it’s that fundraising can never start too early. (And that celebrity appearances are always helpful, too: Actress Jennifer Garner added some star power to Casey’s recent announcement of a preschool initiative.)
Land gets some love
If you are looking for a Republican senator on Tuesday, you might want to hit up Terri Lynn Land’s evening reception. A whopping 13 of them will be on hand to support Land’s 2014 run for the Senate seat vacated by Democrat Sen. Carl Levin.
The two-time Michigan Secretary of State and current member of the Republican National Committee is getting help from Sens. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Roy Blunt (Mo.), John Boozman (Ark.), John Cornyn (Texas), Lindsey Graham(S.C.), Orrin Hatch (Utah), Mitch McConnell (Ky.), Jerry Moran (Kan.), Rand Paul (Ky.), Rob Portman (Ohio), Jim Risch (Idaho), Marco Rubio (Fla.) and John Thune(S.D.). Based on the often, widely and repeatedly talked about infighting in the GOP, this guest list feels impressive – and like equal nods to moderates and the tea party.
According to our Real-Time tracker, Land has a little more than $2 million in the bank, including the $1 million she contributed to her campaign, while her Democratic opponent, Rep. Gary Peters, has about $2.5 million on hand. Land reportedly hasn’t accepted money from PACs yet, but Tuesday’s event will change that: Tickets for individuals start at $1,000, but PACs are encouraged to give up to $10,000.
Funder for Foster
Rep. Bill Foster, D-Ill., just got another Republican challenger in his 2014 reelection campaign. State Rep. Darlene Senger, Chris Balkema, Ian Bayne and now Bert Miller are all slated to face off in the GOP primary next year in hopes of unseating Foster.
So, naturally, Foster is having a fundraiser! In case you missed his October Breakfast Reception, never fear – a November Breakfast Reception at Capitol Hill’s Sonoma Restaurant is on for Wednesday. The event aims to bring in $500 to $5,000 per person. (Also, we’d like to note that this guy seems to really like breakfast lately.)
This week in pricey food
If last week’s $500 cheesesteak has you hankering for another opportunity to overpay for cheap street fare, you’re in luck. This week, it’s $500 for tacos.
Nebraska Rep. Lee Terry – who will face a from-the-right challenger, businessman Dan Frei, in the 2014 Republican primary – is having a Monday night fundraiser at La Lomita Dos that he’s cleverly dubbed “Tacos with Terry.” Don’t get us wrong – we love alliteration and Mexican food, but $500 for the pair?
That’s our week in political parties, friends. What have we missed? Let us know!
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Good morning, partiers! As we appreciate our country’s veterans today, politicians are also taking off time from the fundraising circuit – the Monday holiday is the only day on this week’s social calendar that’s party-free. But have no fear; the pols will be back in action on Tuesday, asking for cash to fill up those campaign coffers.
This week’s events run the gamut, from your run-of-the-mill receptions to a Philly cheesesteak lunch to a birthday party at an amusement park. Not to be outdone, Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., has an afternoon of target practice with pistols and rifles planned for Tuesday in Virginia (could his own state’s new gun control law be the reason for crossing the river?). Plus, Gov. Rick Scott returns to the PT calendar on the heels of Charlie Crist’s announcement that he is running for governor.
It’s going to be a fun week, partiers. Here’s the lowdown.
Ready! Aim! Fundraise!
We love learning new things over here at Political Party Time, so imagine our excitement when we heard about Rep. Andy Harris’s BYOG event. Does that mean bring your own grog, or perhaps build your own garment?
Nope. We learned it’s “Bring Your Own Gun” to an afternoon of target practice.
Tuesday’s two-hour event benefits Harris, the physician-turned-politician who is looking ahead to his 2014 reelection campaign. Harris came to office in 2010 as a staunch opponent of the Affordable Care Act, but John LaFerla and Bill Tilghman, the two Democrats lining up to challenge Harris, don’t want to scrap the law completely.
For those who want to support Harris at the Blue Ridge Arsenal on Tuesday, event organizers suggest leaving those shotguns at home: this is a rifles and pistols event. And in case you don’t have your very own, weaponry will be provided at the event. How accommodating!
Money for Matheson
Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, has been known to buck his party, voting with the GOP recently to fund sections of the federal government as the shutdown lumbered on. As each side hunkered down in their respective corners, Matheson told the Salt Lake Tribune, “I don’t vote with a party; none of us are supposed to do that. We’re supposed to be representatives.” Looks like that may have paid off: While Congress’s approval ratings are in the tank, Matheson is enjoying a 52 percent approval rating among Utah’s Republicans.
Matheson is prepping for his second faceoff with Mia Love, his opponent in a very close 2012 House race and the current mayor of Saratoga Springs. This go-around, Love already has gotten the endorsement (and the accompanying $5,000 contribution) of the Allen West Guardian Fund.
So far, each candidate’s cash-on-hand is about even, but Matheson is looking to bump up his bottom line with a breakfast fundraiser for his leadership PAC, SkiPAC. Tickets for the Thursday funder at Johnny’s Half Shell on Thursday start at $1,000 and cap out at $5,000.
Gov. Rick Scott is back! After scratching a $25,000-per-person gator hunt in Florida last month, Scott is trekking to D.C. for a double-header on Thursday morning.
At 7:30 a.m., the Florida governor will be at a $2,500-a-plate breakfast reception. For $5,000, you can be a host and have a “photo opportunity.” (Let’s be real: If you are shelling out $5K that early in the morning, that photo better be guaranteed.) Then, at 9:30, it’s off to a coffee reception with former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour. Both events benefit Scott’s “Let’s Get to Work” organization.
Scott is revving up for the 2014 election, and the field got a bit more interesting last week when Charlie Crist officially announced that he’d be running for his old job with a new party affiliation. Crist, the GOP governor from 2006-2010, opted to run for the Senate in ‘10 instead of another round at the Governor’s Mansion. He ended up losing to Marco Rubio, first skipping the Republican primary and then running in the general election as an independent. Now, Crist is seeing how Sunshine State voters like him with a Democratic label.
A day after Crist said he’d be running for his old job, Florida lawyer and major Dem fundraiser Mitchell Berger hosted a funder that reportedly brought in about $500,000. And Scott was ready on the draw with an anti-Crist ad titled “He’s an opportunist.” That’s right, folks: 366 days from the election and we’ve got negative ads and bold-name backers. Get ready for yet another intense year, Florida.
Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, brings PT back to basics with two receptions at the Capitol Hill Club. On Tuesday evening, he’ll hobnob with Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., and on Wednesday, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is the featured guest.
And speaking of Ryan, the Wisconsin congressman and former VP candidate will head to Iowa on Saturday for Gov. Terry Branstad’s birthday celebration at Adventureland. The theme park may be closed for winter, but when the governor wants to have his party with roller coasters — like the wooden “Outlaw” pictured above – you just figure out how to make it work. We say: Bring a warm jacket.
Love a good Philly cheesesteak? Love it enough to spend $500 on one?
Rep. Joe Pitts, R-Pa., is hoping the answer is a resounding yes to both questions. He wants to raise some dough with everyone’s favorite gut-buster at a luncheon on Tuesday. And although this get-together is at a Capitol Hill townhouse, Pitts knows how to party: He seems to like hitting up baseball games and having Cup of Joe coffee chats (we are suckers for puns and themed parties).
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Greetings, partiers! This week has a shorter list of fundraisers (if you know of any we’re missing, you know what to do), but the cast of characters is chockablock with A-listers. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., the Obamas, Hillary Clinton, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, ex-GOP vice presidential contender Sarah Palin, Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah … the stars are coming out to start off November.
On Tuesday, Virginia’s slugfest of a governor’s race comes to an end, after buckets of outside money poured into the contest. Terry McAuliffe has gotten lots of help from his longtime pals, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Ken Cuccinelli spoke alongside Tea Party favorite Sen. Rand Paul last week at Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University. The two are seen above along with two of the companions that former President Harry Truman advised politicians to get. Paul will be back to campaign with the Republican nominee this week while President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden pitch in for McAuliffe.
But this week fundraising eyes appear to be on 2016 with a number of potential presidential contenders on the circuit.
Perry in Polk County
Ever since Gov. Rick Perry announced that he wouldn’t seek another term in the Texas Governor’s Mansion, the smart money has been on him making another run at the White House. Back in May, GOP sources told the National Review that Perry is “strongly considering” a presidential run in 2016. Plus, Perry’s been making ads and speaking about his new nonprofit, Americans for Economic Freedom. The organization, which advocates for low taxes and limited regulation, has an advisory board full of bold-faced names including Perry’s 2012 presidential primary opponent Newt Gingrich and Anheuser-Busch royalty August Busch III.
If you need another indicator of Perry’s likely presidential aspirations, look no further than Iowa, where he will be attending a fundraiser on Thursday. Tickets to the Rob Kelley Fall Dinner run from $25 to $1,000, and benefit the Republican Party of Polk County (whose website actually has a running countdown to the next caucus).
The good news: According to this guy, the 2012 fall dinner was “classy” and the cash bar was “very popular.”
Ready or not, here comes Ready for Hillary. The super PAC that’s been encouraging H. Clinton to run for president in 2016 is gearing up for two California fundraisers this week.
The group, which has been working with Clinton allies in down-ballot races to shore up Democrats at any and all levels of state and national offices, recently got the backing (and the bucks) of billionaire George Soros. The super PAC announced Soros joined its National Finance Council as a co-chair, a position that requires raising or contributing $25,000.
That just happens to be the ticket price of Monday’s funder at Sandy Robertson’s San Francisco home. Robertson, a tech investor and founder of Francisco Partners, has been digging deep into his pockets for donations to Democrats for years, and was a fundraiser for Bill Clinton during his ’92 campaign. Susie Tompkins Buell, the co-founder of Esprit and longtime Hillary buddy (and another member of the PAC’s National Finance Council), will co-host the event.
On Wednesday, the PAC will ask for smaller donations at a fundraiser in downtown Los Angeles. Tickets start at $20.16. (See what they did there? Real subtle.)
By the weekend, Clinton will be in California for some fundraising gigs of her own. On Friday, she’ll pick up an award from the International Medical Corps and hobnob with Jeffrey Katzenberg and Steven Spielberg, faithful Democratic fundraisers, at a pricey event at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Then it’s up to San Fran on Saturday, where Clinton will meet up with Chelsea for a benefit for the Clinton Foundation.
Cashing in at breakfast
Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but Sen. Harry Reid is hoping it can also be a good time to collect campaign contributions. His 7:45 a.m. event on Thursday at Charlie Palmer Steak may bring in up to $5,000 per person.
This comes a few weeks after Reid attended a high-roller fundraiser in Florida the day after the shutdown ended. He was also in Las Vegas recently, raising money at a luncheon for Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes.
Obamas dig for dough
President Obama’s fundraising sprint continues this week, as he cruises to parties for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in Dallas and Miami. As has been widely reported, Obama’s gone on a fundraising tear since the shutdown ended, hitting up donors in D.C., Manhattan, and a Boston ’burb.
Not to be outdone, Michelle Obama will travel to Pittsburgh on Wednesday for an afternoon par-tay to benefit the DNC. The first lady also had to cancel a handful of funders due to the shutdown, but has been revving back up, starting with a speech at the DNC’s National Issues Conference Oct. 25.
It’s all about Iowa
Iowa, just about every politician’s favorite hangout when testing the waters for a national campaign, continues its hot streak of swinging parties. Soon after a pheasant hunt with Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Steven King, plus Perry’s Polk County speech on Thursday, GOP conservative stalwarts Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will make their way to the Hawkeye State.
The Tea Party darlings will headline the annual Friends of the Family Banquet on Saturday, with proceeds benefiting the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition. Tickets start at $55, but $1,000 can get attendees into a VIP reception plus a picture with Palin. Phyllis Schlafly, who famously and consistently opposed the Equal Rights Amendment, will be honored at the dinner held at the State Fairgrounds.
Toward the end of the week, Rep. Joe Garcia heads back to his native Florida for a weekend-long fishing trip in Key West. The freshman Democrat, who also plans to have his shutdown-delayed birthday celebration and fundraiser Nov. 19, has been in the news recently since his former chief of staff started a 90-day sentence for falsifying absentee ballots online. Sounds like that fishing trip couldn’t have come at a better time.
Whew, partiers, what a week! What else is happening out there? Let us know!
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They’re ba-a-a-ack! Some of the Republican Party’s most munificent bankrollers, Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam, are co-hosting a fundraiser in Las Vegas next week where they’ll be joined by an eclectic list of other GOP boldfaced names. Among them: Jeb Bush Jr. (son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, nephew of former President George W. Bush and grandson of former President George H.W. Bush) and Herman Cain, inventor of the immortal 9-9-9 plan.
They’re all gathering at the 8,100-square-foot, $1.5 million home of Las Vegas businessman and unsuccessful mayoral candidate Victor Chaltiel to launch what they hope will be a a congressional challenge by one of those political rarity of rarities: an African American Tea Partier.
The focus of all the conservative GOP hope and moolah (ticket prices for the Tuesday bash range from $500 to $5,200): Niger Innis, a conservative commentator and National Outreach Director for TheTeaParty.net, as well as the group’s national spokesperson. Innis also is the son of Roy Innis, an iconoclastic civil rights leader who has headed the Congress of Racial Equality since 1968.
Funds raised at the event go to the Niger Innis Action Fund, an exploratory committee apparently aimed at funding Innis, a resident of North Las Vegas, in an as-yet unofficial campaign to oust freshman Democratic Rep. Steven Horsford. Horsford currently represents Nevada’s 4th Congressional District.
The support of Adelson, the force behind the Las Vegas Sands Corp., certainly bodes well for Innis’ financial prospects. The casino magnate has become the face of big money in politics and when he’s not publicly musing about a nuclear attack on Iran, he’s often devoting time and money to electing Republican candidates to office.A Sunlight report in Dec. 2012 found that Adelson and his wife had contributed over $92 million to outside spending groups — just in the year 2012.
Also listed on the host committee: campaign finance lawyer and Tea Party activist Dan Backer, Esq. of DB Capitol Strategies. Backer, who also acts as the treasurer for many conservative PACs, is representing plaintiff Shaun McCutcheon in the ongoing Supreme Court case that could overturn existing aggregate contribution limits.
As reported by Jon Ralston, Innis and co. may be emboldened by incumbent Horsford’s weak fundraising numbers. To date, the Dem has raised less than $500,000 in 2013. Should he officially declare his candidacy, the conservative pundit will have to weather a primary battle with Las Vegas councilman Cresent Hardy, who recently declared his intent to run.
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Hello, partiers! Everyone loves Halloween, even your elected representatives as we see in this 1963 photo of President John F. Kennedy being surprised by some trick-or-treaters (a.k.a. his kids, Caroline and John). Of course some of this year’s political goblins may want a little more than candy. And they are busy: This week builds on last week’s post-shutdown return to fundraising-as-usual. As of press time, we’ve got 33 parties on tap this week, including one with President Barack Obama as the headliner.
After a raft of shutdown-induced cancellations, Obama has been hitting the party circuit hard, speaking at the DNC’s pricey Women’s Leadership Forum last Thursday, and then schmoozing Friday in New York at DCCC and DNC events. This week, it’s up to Massachusetts for a party at the home of his former ambassador to Spain, Alan Solomont. Wednesday’s Solomont event will raise as much as $32,400 per person, or $64,800 per couple, if you want to make a date night of it. Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Steve Israel are also slated to attend.
Not to be outdone, the National Republican Congressional Committee is slated to host a fundraiser in the Big Apple on Wednesday. We don’t know any details beyond that, so let us know if you’ve got the scoop!
Find out who else is trick-or-treating for cash this Halloween week …
Bucks for Bruce
Fresh off a Gabrielle Giffords-hosted event Sunday afternoon in Iowa, Rep. Bruce Braley heads back to D.C. to celebrate his birthday with – you guessed it! – a fundraiser.
Braley, celebrating the big 5-6 this year, hopes to bring in some serious cash at Tuesday’s “birthday cocktails” party.
After serving six years in the House, Braley is making a run to replace retiring Sen. Tom Harkin, a fellow Democrat, in 2014. According to Influence Explorer data, during his last election, Braley brought in $2,683,457, of which lawyers and law firms contributed $969,528. Among Iowa House races that year, Braley was the second-highest recipient of out-of-state contributions, collecting $1,138,173 from non-Iowa donors.
That trend may continue, seeing as tickets to “Bruce, Blues, and BBQ” in Iowa were $15 to $500, and his D.C. b-day bash starts at $250 a pop.
On Monday, McAuliffe goes to suburban Virginia with Bill Clinton for an evening fundraiser that seeks to raise at least $2,500 per attendee. The hosts that night, Dwight and Martha Schar, are GOP heavy-hitters with an expansive $9.9 million McLean estate. Dwight Schar, part owner of the Redskins and a former RNC finance chairman, bucked his party and lent his endorsement to McAuliffe in June.
On Wednesday, Clinton confidants Cheryl and Haim Saban will host McAuliffe and his supporters at a luncheon in their Beverly Hills home. Haim Saban, a media mogul who “slept in the White House several times” during Clinton’s tenure, has given $276,065 to McAuliffe through his TV production company, Saban Entertainment. Also slated to attend the $15,000-per-head lunch? Hillary Clinton, who recently endorsed McAuliffe during a “Women for Terry” event in Falls Church.
Trick or treat!
It feels like the Clintons are especially ever-present this week on the party circuit, which is saying something. On Halloween, Clinton-era Secretary of State Madeline Albright will make her way to Pennsylvania to raise some dough for Marjorie Margolies, mother-in-law to Chelsea Clinton.
Margolies held Pennsylvania’s 13th District House seat, just outside Philadelphia, in the mid ’90s, and lost it after infamously casting a last-minute vote in favor of then-President Clinton’s budget. Now, she’s hoping to get the same seat back but she faces a competitive Democratic primary in which she lags in fundraising, according to the latest figures compiled by the Sunlight Foundation’s Real-Time FEC tracker. Madeleine Dean, a state representative, is hosting the “Evening of Dessert and Conversation,” and tickets range from $250 to $2,600.
We want to know if there will be costumes, and who will wear a Bill mask.
Wanna get away?
If the changing leaves and chilly fall air aren’t your thing, perhaps Rep. Xavier Becerra can convince you to join him (and donate to his Leadership for Today and Tomorrow PAC) in warm Puerto Rico for an “Autumn Leadership Golf Getaway” this upcoming weekend. The $5,000 entry gets guests a weekend on the course and plenty of talk of … leadership.
If Puerto Rico is too far, Des Moines’s Jefferson Jackson Dinner to benefit the Iowa Democratic Party may call (although we can’t promise anything resembling warm weather there). Sen. Charles Schumer is the keynote speaker.
That’s what we’ve got for this week, partiers; what have you heard about? Let us know!
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It seems like everyone is jumping on the Bill de Blasio bandwagon these days.
The NYC mayoral candidate who started out as an also-ran in the Democratic primary, de Blasio surged to capture his party’s nomination and is currently throttling his Republican opponent in the polls. His ‘tale of two cities’ platform has made his campaign exhibit A for progressive success stories.
However, while de Blasio has cast himself as a champion of the Big Apple’s underclass, an invitation for his Oct. 21 fundraiser with Hillary Clinton and Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., at midtown Manhattan’s Roosevelt Hotel shows that he’s not having any trouble finding support amongst the city’s elite.
While the presumptive mayor’s populist rhetoric has irked some of Wall Street’s major players, at least one of the financial world’s biggest players is throwing his weight behind the de Blasio camp. The invite lists Sandy Frucher — Chairman of NASDAQ among the reception’s “Chairs” meaning that he and his wife raised at least $25,000 for the campaign. Others included in this list of high rollers are a restaurant magnate, a prominent state lobbyist and several legal professionals.
In sharp contrast with outgoing mayor — billionaire Michael Bloomberg – De Blasio has capitalized on the ‘99 percent’ sentiment that accompanied the Occupy Wall Street Movement and even stated that he supported efforts to “build spaces” for an Occupy Wall Street forum (though he has since clarified that he did not mean physical structures). However, there comes a time when every politician needs a little help from some deep-pocketed friends.
In total nine supporters earned the rarified distinction of event chair, while 35 others raised the requisite $10,000 for a chance to take a photo-op with the would-be mayor and the former State Department head. The New York Daily News reports that the event raised over $1 million for de Blasio’s camp.
The seven-figure soirée was not the first political encounter between de Blasio and Hillary Clinton — the candidate managed Clinton’s successful bid for U.S. Senate in 2000. Which just goes to show that it really does pay to have friends in high places. De Blasio went on to represent part of Brooklyn on New York City Council and then won election as the city’s public advocate, a high profile office that has allowed its occupants to cast themselves as defenders of the taxpayers against big government.
The invitations in Party Time’s records show that Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota’s fundraisers have mainly targeted smaller contributions, though he has also received a helping hand in from some of the city’s wealthiest — Lhota’s birthday funder featured the CEOs of both the American International Group and the Loews Corporation.
As always if one of our intrepid partiers finds the deets on other mayoral fundraisers, send ‘em this way. We love New York parties!
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Beneficiary: congressional candidate, lawmaker, or entity which collects funds raised at party
Host: person who is hosting party-often, but not always, a registered federal lobbyist
Venue Name: where the party is
Entertainment Type: type of gathering, such as "breakfast," "ski trip," "bowling"
Other Lawmakers Mentioned: lawmakers mentioned on invitation who are used as a draw for the event
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