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Uncategorized • POSTED - 11.19.14 BY Palmer Gibbs

Extra! Extra! Party Time learns Sen. Mary Landrieu to throw two D.C. fundraisers, Sen. Pat Roberts and Rep. Bob Dold to retire campaign debt, and Rep. Ken Buck to thank old donors and ask for cash from new friends

Party people, we asked and you answered! When we last checked in, this week’s social calendar was shockingly thin. We were sure it indicated that parties were still in the planning stages, not that politicos had given up on the joys of fundraising.

And, sure enough, we recently caught wind of a fistful of funders that filled out our pre-Thanksgiving break calendar. We’d like to send out a hearty huzzah to the Party Time friends who floated us the invites – thank you!

PT is always on the lookout for more fundraiser info, so if you hear of political party in the works, you know what to do! Upload invites with our confidential tool right here, or email us the goods.

And now, for your hump day reading pleasure, here are some of the latest additions to Party Time’s calendar …

Sen. Mary Landrieu: Fresh off a stinging one-vote loss on the Keystone XL pipeline bill, Sen. Mary Landrieu will hit up donors in D.C. for two fundraisers. The Louisiana Democrat’s chances of keeping her seat after the Dec. 6 runoff against Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy look increasingly thin, with polls consistently showing Cassidy with a lead.

But Landrieu’s got her fingers crossed that an influx of cash can help to tilt the scales in her favor. On Wednesday evening, she’ll drum up support at a happy hour reception where individuals are asked to chip in $500 and PACs are asked for $1,000. On Thursday, 36(!) of her Democratic Senate colleagues will show their support during a luncheon at the Monocle Restaurant, where tickets cap out at $5,000. It may be a tense high-noon meal, seeing as a chunk of the senators listed on the invite voted against the Keystone bill on Tuesday.

And, looking ahead, Landrieu gets a hand from crooner Stevie Wonder, who will headline a New Orleans fundraiser in December.

Cassidy is getting plenty of high-profile support, too. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is slated to campaign with Cassidy this upcoming weekend in the Bayou State. And on Dec. 1, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., Republican National Committee head Reince Priebus and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (and possible 2016 White House contender) are headlining a shindig at the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s headquarters for the NRSC and the Cassidy campaign.

Debt be gone: Two politicians hoping that donors are feeling particularly kind are throwing debt retirement parties this week, aiming to get those campaign coffers out of the red. Rep. Bob Dold, R-Ill., will have a debt retirement party Wednesday evening at City Tap House in D.C.’s Chinatown neighborhood. And Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., follows suit on Thursday with a debt retirement reception of his own at a Capitol Hill townhouse. The invite asks individuals for upward of $2,000 to attend, and PACs for up to $5,000.

Rep. Ken Buck: Why say thank you with a card when you could throw a party and ask people for money instead? That’s the name of the game for Rep.-elect Ken Buck, R-Colo., who is having a thank you reception Wednesday at the Capitol Hill Club. The invite says 2014 campaign donors can get into the get-together for free, but asks new donors to fork over $500, or $1,000 for PACs. Buck is filling the 4th District seat that opened up when Rep. (now Sen.-elect) Cory Gardner opted to run against Democratic Sen. Mark Udall in one of the more closely watched Senate races this cycle.

Because we’re heading into the traditionally sleepy Thanksgiving week, party people, this will likely be our last party post until after the holiday. But of course, we will rouse ourselves from our tryptophan slumber should any of you  drop us an invite juicier than your upcoming drumstick. Got something to share besides the stuffing? Upload whatever you’ve got right here, or email us the goods.

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Uncategorized • POSTED - 11.17.14 BY Palmer Gibbs

Party Time’s post-midterms funk, aka share those fundraiser invites!

Hello, party people! Everyone, and we mean everyone, seems to be coming down from the high of midterm mania. The District is settling into a chilly autumn, members of Congress are hunkering down for week two of their lame duck session, and President Barack Obama just returned to D.C. after a week of travel to Asia and Australia.

Party Time’s social calendar is shockingly thin after a spate of parties last week that aimed to cut down some campaign debt and welcome new faces to Capitol Hill. Sen.-elect Tom Cotton, R-Ark., threw back-to-back parties in D.C.: one billed as a “thank you event” at Bobby Van’s, and then a debt retirement reception the next day at fundraising hotspot Johnny’s Half Shell. And the National Republican Senatorial Committee had a new member meet and greet in D.C. last Thursday afternoon.

We also caught wind of a fundraiser for Garret Graves, who has his eye on Louisiana’s 6th District House seat. No post-midterms relaxation break for Graves, though; the Republican is locked in a runoff with Edwin Edwards, the former Bayou State congressman, governor and (true story!) ex-con who served eight years in federal prison for racketeering. Graves’ coffee and beignets fundraiser in D.C. was last Wednesday, and asked individuals to chip in $250 or $500, and PACs to give $1,000 or $2,000. The runoff election is scheduled for Dec. 6.

The long and the short of it, party people: We know there are shindigs happening out there! If you’ve heard about a political party in the works, send us an email. And if you’ve got your hands on an invite, please-oh-please upload it with our confidential tool right here. Help out your buddies at Party Time and share the goods!

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Uncategorized • POSTED - 11.10.14 BY Palmer Gibbs

PT Round-up: Debt retirement underway for Sen.-elect Tom Cotton, GOPers have their Monday Meeting and Sen. Mike Crapo fundraises with some R&R on the side

Party people, we did it – we made it through the midterms! As the dust settles on last Tuesday’s elections, Democrats are left licking some major wounds and (if they are doing it right) Republicans are still celebrating in the streets.

There’s still plenty of analyzing and talking and post-mortem-ing to be done with the 2014 cycle, but Party Time is all about what’s next. For Tuesday’s winners and losers, next on the agenda is shaking off some of that annoying campaign debt, which means – you guessed it! – throwing a party. A big tip o’ the hat to Party Time compadre Dave Levinthal over at the Center for Public Integrity, who passed along news of one such “debt retirement” blowout bash happening this week (more details on that in a bit).

Based on Sunlight’s reporting, there seems likely to be a lot more of these in the works.

What other parties are brewing out there, friends? If you’ve got word on a debt retirement shindig, or have heard of something in the works for 2015 or 2016, you know what to do! Upload invites using our handy and confidential feature right here, or you can email us whatever you’ve got.

And with that, let’s get to your week in political parties!

Debt be gone!
Rep.-turned-Sen. Tom Cotton is hip to how Washington works (hint: it has to do with money). After one term in the House, the Arkansas Republican made a run for the upper chamber and, last week, logged a resounding victory over two-term Democrat Mark Pryor. But that win didn’t come cheap: Sunlight’s Real-Time tracker shows that the candidates and outside groups combined to spend more than $60 million in the race.

With a bill that high, it’s no surprise that the Cotton camp is in the red. The campaign quickly cashed in on some victory party excitement, sending out an invite for a debt retirement reception the morning after the election. Cotton, with his freshly minted “senator-elect” title in tow, is asking individuals to throw down at least $500, and PACs to give up to $5,000, to help him kick that debt to the curb.

Party people, with last week’s go-around ranking as the most expensive midterms in history, Cotton’s soiree is only the first of many debt retirement parties to come. What have you heard about? Please share with your friends at Party Time!

Just another manic Monday
Why mess with tradition? A cadre of Republican senators is getting together Monday evening for an almost two-year-long tradition of dining with donors. The (not) cleverly named group, Monday Meeting PAC, is a joint fundraising committee for Sens. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, Richard Burr of North Carolina and Saxby Chambliss of Georgia. The three GOP gentlemen will be on hand for the dinner at fundraising hotspot Capitol Hill Club, and tickets go for $1,500 a pop.

Party Time has one more Monday Meeting shindig on the books for December – same time, same place, of course – and it might just be the last PT appearances for Chambliss and Coburn. Both longtime legislators are retiring this year and Sens.-elect David Perdue, R-Ga., and James Lankford, R-Okla., will be taking over the seats come January.

The fate of the Monday Meeting PAC is TBD, since two of its three beneficiaries are leaving. Will Burr continue alone? Will Perdue and Lankford join in on the dinner parties? Oh, the suspense!

2015 campaign kickoff
If you thought voter enthusiasm for the midterm elections was low, try running for office during an odd year. But Tom DeGise, running for the county executive seat in Hudson County, New Jersey, is facing it head-on on Wednesday evening.

The Democrat throws a hump-day reelection fundraiser for his 2015 bid a week after national midterms dominated headlines and airtime, not to mention pleas for campaign cash. Party Time salutes DeGise for partying against these odds, and pretty much thumbing his nose at the concept of donor fatigue.

Lot of money for a long weekend
Last week was stressful, even for members of Congress who weren’t up for reelection. So it totally makes sense that Sen. Mike Crapo is hitting the road on Friday for three days of resting, rejuvenating and, of course, fundraising.

The Idaho Republican, next on the ballot in 2016, heads to the ultra exclusive Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, for a weekend getaway. As the town’s name would suggest, hot mineral springs are the main attraction, but a few years ago, the resort added a casino to the entertainment mix. And then, of course, there are the tours of the once super-secret underground bunker where our lawmakers were supposed to retreat in case the Cold War got hot. Just imagine members of the current Congress sharing bunk beds. (Harry: I get the top! Mitch: No! Me first!!) All that, plus the ear of Crapo, will put you back $1,500, or $3,000 for PACs.

And with that, we call a wrap on your week in political parties! What have you heard about, and what are we missing? Upload those invites right here, or email us whatever you’ve got.

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2014 elections Uncategorized • POSTED - 11.03.14 BY Palmer Gibbs

PT Round-up: Pre-election pasta; Sen. Roy Blunt has Election Day fundraiser and Sen. David Vitter cashes in on Disney magic

Hello, party people! It’s the week we’ve all been waiting for: The midterm elections are finally here!

Politicians took advantage of the Halloween theme last week, trick or treating for cash in last-minute attempts to fill up their campaign coffers before Election Day. But with the balloting upon us, this week’s social calendar so far looks sparse compared to what we’ve seen in recent months. Even so, a few enterprising pols are getting started on the NEXT campaign. And, as the results come in on Tuesday night, Party Time expects to hear about plenty of shindigs that aim to fill remaining holes in the aforesaid campaign coffers – or, in Beltway speak, a “debt retirement party.” First one to send us an invite for one of those parties gets a prize!

As you well know, faithful partiers, we will take any and all fundraiser invites you’ve got. Upload the goods right here via our handy (and confidential) site, or email us whatever you’ve got.

And now, here’s a quick roundup of your week in political partying!

Pre-Election Day carbo-loading
No matter how you vote, we can all agree that pasta is a great thing, right? Right. But from the looks of PT’s calendar this week, pasta mixes particularly well with GOPers.

On Sunday afternoon, Republican Marc Molinaro – running for his second term as the county executive in Dutchess County, New York – threw a Pasta and Politics dinner. For $10, Molinaro supporters chowed down at the all-you-can-eat spaghetti extravaganza. After all, if the Olive Garden can have a never-ending pasta bowl promotion, why can’t a political campaign?

Rep. John Shimkus, R-Ill., is following suit on Monday evening, with a pasta party of his own. It’s $20 per plate at Michael’s Restaurant in Highland, but no word on whether or not it’s a gut-busting, all-you-can-eat situation. But we do know that Shimkus, who has held the seat since 1997, is winning the money game in a big way for what the Rothenberg Political Report calls a safe Republican district. According to Sunlight’s Real Time tracker tool, Shimkus is sitting on almost $1.1 million, while his challenger, Democrat Eric Thorsland, has $1,553 on hand.

And on election night, Republican Ray Scott, a Colorado state representative who is running for his state’s 7th District Senate seat, will have a pasta party to celebrate a wrap on the 2014 cycle. Scott’s campaign hosts a free pasta bar meal for his supporters from 5 to 7 p.m. at Ristorante Pantuso in Grand Junction.

Election night fundraiser? You know it!
Sen. Roy Blunt is getting started early. The Missouri Republican – who is up for reelection in 2016 and already has collected almost $2 million for that upcoming campaign, according to Real Time – hopes to cash in on some Election Day excitement with a fundraiser on Tuesday in St. Louis. Party Time isn’t sure when things get started, but we do know that the reception will wrap up at 7 p.m., right when the polls close. The Associated Press reported that tickets start at $1,000 and cap out at $10,400 per couple.

Missouri’s mega moneybag couple, Rex and Jeanne Sinquefield, is hosting the reception. After making his money in the financial industry, Rex Sinquefield founded the Show Me Institute, an influential, free-market focused think tank. Earlier this year, the Progressive magazine reported that Sinquefield gave almost $4 million in political contributions in 2013 alone.

Disney dollars
Planning to hang up your Senate hat for a shot at the governor’s mansion, but can’t quite kick your love of a good party? We understand.

In fact, Sen. David Vitter, R-La., is in that exact situation. The two-term senator announced earlier this year that he would run for governor in 2015, but this upcoming weekend will find him partying hard with Mickey and the gang during his 4th Annual Vitter Disney Weekend.

On Friday, Vitter heads to Orlando for a long weekend of fun, frivolity and fundraising at the Four Seasons Resort at Walt Disney World. It’s $3,000 for the three-day affair, and the cash collected will go straight to Vitter’s leadership PAC, Louisiana Reform PAC. Although Vitter set up the PAC while in the Senate, the funds can be used during the governor’s race.

Zany parties, midterms edition
One of the best things about Party Time is seeing how creative politicians can be about collecting cash. As campaign 2014 winds down, let’s take a quick look back at some of best themes and memes of the year – so far.

  • What is it about New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and birthdays? He celebrated his own b-day with Mitt Romney in September, and then partied in Iowa a few weeks ago for Gov. Terry Branstad’s 68th birthday.
  • Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., cashed in on the “Game of Thrones” craze and raffled off spots at a VIP reception with series writer George R. R. Martin.
  • These folks know their R&R: Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Mo., relaxed during a spa weekend trip in Vegas, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., enjoyed a spa and cooking weekend in Mississippi, and Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., caught some rays in Puerto Rico during a two-day retreat.
  • Counter-culture cool: Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., held his annual ice cream social in July, featuring Grateful Dead tunes and pints from Magic Hat Brewing, along with the scoops from Ben & Jerry’s. That’s a winning mix, if you ask us.
  • Swoon-a-thon: No one seemed to know how to act when President Barack Obama partied at Gwyneth Paltrow’s house in L.A., including Paltrow herself. In her intro of the president, Paltrow said, “You’re so handsome that I can’t speak properly.” Jeez, Gwyneth, get it together!

And with that little nostalgia detour, party people, we wrap up your week in political parties. What are we missing and what have you heard about? Upload those invites right here, or email us whatever you’ve got!

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Uncategorized • POSTED - 10.27.14 BY Palmer Gibbs

PT Round-up: Sen. Marco Rubio parties in Iowa, Vice President Joe Biden is Boston strong, Hillary Clinton fundraises in New Hampshire, plus a panty party (sort of)

Party people, can you believe it? We are one week out from the midterms! After all of the ads, all of the money and all of the parties, it’s down to the voters, who seem to be prepping for Election Day with a resounding “meh.” Gallup recently reported that voter enthusiasm is way down this cycle, while a Pew study found that just 15 percent of Americans are “closely following news” about the midterms.

But despite those odds, politicians continue to crisscross the country for campaign cash. Although our social calendar is less packed than in recent weeks, our best guess is there’s a lot of last-minute party planning in the works. And that brings us to you, faithful partiers: What have you heard about? Upload those invites in our confidential process right here, or email us whatever you’ve got.

And now, for the week’s highlights in political parties!

Marco Rubio heads to the heartland
Compared to other Republicans on the long list of presidential potentials in 2016, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is taking a subtler tact. Although he’s kept a full calendar of fundraiser appearances, he’s not blanketing primary states in quite the same way as, say, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul. And while New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said last week that the next president “is going to be a governor,” Rubio isn’t making any such (personally beneficial) predictions.

But after attending a smattering of parties this year, the past month has found Rubio in New Hampshire, South Carolina and, as of this week, Iowa.

On Tuesday evening, the freshman senator will be the main attraction at the Scott County GOP’s Ronald Reagan Dinner, with tickets starting at $50. It’s Rubio’s first visit to the Hawkeye State since August, when he did a one-two punch of fundraisers at the home of Bruce Rastetter, a Republican donor and founder of one of the main ethanol producing companies in the U.S., Hawkeye Energy Holdings.

Meanwhile, the guy whose office Rubio may be eyeing will be hitting the campaign trail as well. Despite ample speculation that he’s been grounded because of low poll ratings, President Barack Obama is scheduled to hit the hustings this week for Democratic gubernatorial candidates Mary Burke in Wisconsin and Mike Michaud in Maine. While in each of their states, the prez is scheduled to host “DNC Roundtables,” a.k.a shoulder-rubs with big donors. We’d loooooove more deets so if you’ve got ‘em, our transom is open!!

Biden in Boston
Although President Obama gets a lot of attention for his over-the-top fundraising ways, the VP is no slouch when it comes to partying pop-ins. In fact, Party Time data show Vice President Joe Biden has attended 49 parties so far this year – and 18 since September.

The traveling and schmoozing continue this week, when Biden hits the road for Massachusetts on Wednesday. He’s slated to headline two parties in the Bay State, and kicks things off with a fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the group responsible for getting Dems elected to the House. Even though chances for the party to regain control of the House are pretty much shot, the DCCC still managed to bring in $16.7 million in September, according to Sunlight’s Real-Time tracker.

Biden’s second Boston party benefits Martha Coakley, the Democrat running for governor against Republican Charlie Baker. Last week, the Boston Globe reported that Baker, a former health care CEO making his second run for the Governor’s Mansion, has overtaken Coakley in the polls, collecting a comfortable 9-point lead. That narrative has Dems feeling a bit of déjà vu, since Coakley, currently the state’s attorney general, rather famously lost to former Sen. Scott Brown in 2010 during a special election to fill the late Sen. Ted Kennedy’s seat.

Both Baker and Coakley have gotten loads of help from well-known party surrogates during their race. First lady Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren have all headlined fundraisers for Coakley, and Ann and Mitt Romney have lent some star power to parties for Baker.

Lingerie mogul + Ohio congresswoman = a fundraiser, of course!
This week, we’ve got what we are pretty sure is a Party Time first – a panty party for a House member.

Well, it’s almost a panty party. You see, Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, is running for a second term in her native state’s 3rd District. It’s a safe seat for Democrats, and Beatty is annihilating her Republican challenger, John Adams, in the money race – as in, she’s raised $792,038 to his $3,250, according to Real-Time.

But on Wednesday evening, she’s having a high-dollar reception at the New Albany home of Abigail and Les Wexner, who made his billions running L Brands, a retail conglomerate that includes Bath & Body Works and Victoria’s Secret. That list of retail stores used to be much longer, but a handful of brands, like Abercrombie & Fitch and Lane Bryant, struck out on their own. But Forbes reports that Wexner still runs the underwear giant, which he bought back in 1982.

While talk at the reception will likely be more about politics than panties, it’s important to note that Beatty will party at the house that Victoria’s Secret built.

Hillary collects cash in the Granite State
Hillary Clinton continues her frenzied autumn of cross-country campaigning for Democrats. And although the jury is still out on whether or not she’s planning to run for president in 2016, one thing is certain: H. Clinton knows how bring in the big bucks.

Last week, Clinton headlined two parties in deep blue California, which party sources said raised a combined $3.5 million for Democratic House and Senate candidates. Come Sunday, she’ll bring her money magnetism to New Hampshire (political talking heads, take note!), where she’ll headline a fundraiser for Gov. Maggie Hassan, who holds a 10-point lead against her Republican challenger Walt Havenstein. By PT’s count, the Nov. 2 party is the 25th fundraiser appearance since September for Clinton.

And with that, party people, we wrap up your week in political parties! What have we missed and what have you hear about? Upload those invites right here, or feel free to email us.

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Uncategorized • POSTED - 10.20.14 BY Palmer Gibbs

PT Round-up: Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama hit up ATM states; Rand Paul, Chris Christie party in Iowa; Rick Scott beats the FanGate heat with a Florida fundraiser

Hey, party people, hey! The whirlwind of pre-midterm political fundraising continues this week, with another packed social calendar that takes us from Illinois to Iowa, from California to the Carolinas. It’s crunch time, folks, so ready those checkbooks!

While most politicos are hitting the road for ATM states (New York, California) or key presidential primary pockets (South Carolina, Iowa), we have to salute one guy heading to the beach – on a Wednesday, no less. Sen. Bob Menendez is throwing a two-day retreat for his leadership PAC at the Ritz-Carlton in Puerto Rico, with tickets going for $5,000 a pop. The New Jersey Democrat – who faced an ethics complaint in 2012 for not disclosing flights to the Dominican Republic gifted by a campaign donor – isn’t up for reelection until 2018.

Whether they are catching some sunshine or chatting at a reception, this week’s schedule runs the gauntlet of fundraising ploys. But what have we missed, faithful partiers? If you know of something in the works, you know what to do! Use our confidential upload page right here, or email us invites or news clippings.

Buckle up, friends! Here is your busy week in political parties.

Hillary does California
Becoming a grandmother shook up Hillary Clinton’s travel plans, but only a little bit. In the days immediately following the arrival of tiny tot Charlotte, Clinton canceled a fundraiser for influential New Hampshire state Sen. Lou D’Allesandro and dispatched husband Bill to sub for her at a party for Maryland gubernatorial candidate Anthony Brown.

But the potential grandmother-in-chief was back at work sooner rather than later, packing her bags for fundraiser appearances in Miami, Chicago, Las Vegas, Denver and Louisville. This week, she has two high-profile stops in deep blue California, where she will raise money for Democratic House and Senate candidates.

On Monday, Clinton heads to downtown San Francisco for an event for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Called the “Ultimate Women’s Power Luncheon,” it (a) pairs Clinton with Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and (b) makes us want to talk in that deep voice from movie trailers. It’s $500 for one seat at the Fairmont Hotel lunch, but a VIP reception and photo will cost you $32,400.

Later that day, Clinton is the special guest at a reception and dinner at see-and-be-seen L.A. restaurant Tavern. The party’s host list includes Hollywood heavy hitters Alan and Cindy Horn, Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg, Jolene and Michael Rapino, Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg, and, according to the Hollywood Reporter, is seen as a “coming out of sorts” for a possible Clinton White House run in 2016. The pricey get-together – $32,400 per person – benefits a joint fundraising committee with a long list of signers-on, including the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, a handful of state Democratic parties and the campaign committees of Senate candidates in tight races (as in, Colorado Sen. Mark Udall, Alaska Sen. Mark Begich, Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor, North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan, Kentucky candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, Georgia candidate Michelle Nunn, West Virginia candidate Natalie Tennant, etc., etc.). Whew!

Side note: The potential grandfather-in-chief is getting in on the action this week, too. Former President Bill Clinton will headline a party on Tuesday for Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and an evening reception on Thursday for New Jersey’s Bonnie Watson Coleman, who has her eye on her state’s open 12th District House seat. These are the latest Party Time stops for Bubba, who has been a highly sought-after surrogate for Democratic candidates this cycle.

Obama heads home
President Barack Obama starts out his week in his adopted home state of Illinois to provide a boost for Gov. Pat Quinn and the Democratic National Committee. On Sunday, Obama rallied the troops at a get-out-the-vote event for Quinn. (Earlier this month, Obama attended a $50,000-per-person house party for the Illinois Democrat; first lady Michelle Obama lent her support, too, during $10,000-per-plate event followed by a public rally.)

Come Monday, the partier-in-chief is the special guest at a DNC event at the Chicago home of philanthropist Barbara Goodman Manilow. This isn’t Manilow’s first rodeo, though: Her Lincoln Park home was the site of an April 2013 party for Sen. Cory Booker’s campaign.

Though Obama canceled not just onebut two events last week for Ebola-related meetings at the White House, he seems to be getting back on the trail this week. His schedule also has him attending a D.C. event on Thursday for the Democratic National Committee. If you have the invite, email us the deets!

Republicans hunker down in Iowa
Sure, the next presidential race is still two years off. But for the Republican Party, which lacks a shoo-in nominee, that just means 24 more months of pushing and shoving among the GOP’s deep roster of White House wannabes. Elbows out, folks!

That jostling becomes even more apparent when looking at politicians’ travel into Iowa, site of the first caucuses of the presidential primary season. Although Iowans do party on their own (please see: Tuesday’s Ronald Reagan Dinner for the state’s Republican Party, which features Gov. Terry Branstad and Senate candidate Joni Ernst), more times than not, fundraisers include an out-of-stater with an eye on 2016 who is looking to ingratiate himself to local party officials and donors.

On Wednesday, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is slated to do just that at a family BBQ for Iowa state Rep. Bobby Kaufmann. Ernst will also attend the $25-per-plate party.

According to Party Time’s records, this is Paul’s seventh trip in 2014 to the Hawkeye State. No word on what Paul – recently dubbed “The Most Interesting Man in Politics” by Time – is planning to say at the BBQ, but we anticipate something interesting.

On Saturday, Gov. Chris Christie shuffles into Iowa for a birthday party for Branstad. But don’t let the invite’s quaint clip art fool you: This is one pricey b-day bash. Although $65 gets you into the festivities, you’ll have to shell out upwards of $25,000 for birthday cake and a prime seat. The New Jersey Republican, head of the Republican Governors Association and a likely presidential candidate, has kept a very busy party schedule this year, glad-handing donors in just about every key primary and/or swing state.

Florida heats up
With all of the compounding outside demands, running for office isn’t easy. It’s a pressure cooker of sorts, and certainly not for people who can’t keep their cool. So, when Gov. Rick Scott, R-Fla., initially refused to join his Democratic challenger, Charlie Crist, onstage for their debate because the latter had a fan under his podium, you can imagine that the Republican caught some heat for it.

Indeed, FanGate threatened to overshadow the content of the debate itself, and, silly as it may seem, it may follow Scott around in the final crucial weeks before the election. After all, Jon Stewart weighed in on the steamy situation and the Atlantic’s Molly Ball wrote a profile on the portable electronic. Like at last week’s debate, the fan isn’t going anywhere, and Scott will have to sweat it out until the controversy cools off.

You know what might help? A party, of course! Fellow Floridians Sen. Marco Rubio, Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera and former Gov. Jeb Bush will gather on Friday at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables to toast Scott and raise some serious cash for his campaign. After all of the FanGate blowback, it’ll be a breath of fresh air to spend time with supporters.

(Party Time does not apologize for the magnitude of fan-related language in the above graphs. We stand by our word choices.)

And with that, we’ve got a wrap on the week in political parties! What have we missed, and what have you heard of? Upload the goods right here, or shoot us an email.

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Uncategorized • POSTED - 10.13.14 BY Palmer Gibbs

PT Round-up: Donald Trump goes to Iowa, President Obama and Vice President Biden fundraise for Democrats, and Govs. Christie and Jindal party for fellow GOPers


Hello party people! As the march toward midterms continues, so does politicians’ cross-country cash grab. Your elected representatives are working hard for the money, partying big time with deep-pocketed donors and bringing in dough at a breakneck pace.

In fact, one of the best indicators of a packed party schedule is a look at what events didn’t make our weekly highlight list. A fundraiser for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (headlined by Hillary Clinton, no less!) and a shoot-out at a gun club for Colorado State Senate candidate Ray Scott didn’t even make the cut. Friends, that’s saying something.

Even though our social calendar is packed this week, we just know there’s more stuff going on out there. What are we missing, and what have you heard about? If you are feeling generous, you can email us the goods or upload an official invite right here. And never fear: We keep our sources 100 percent confidential, so you can feel comfortable sharing with us.

And with that, let’s dive into your week in political parties!

The Donald goes to Iowa
Rep. Steve King and Donald Trump walk into a West Des Moines mansion …

No, that’s not the beginnings of a joke, and yes, that’s exactly what’s going to happen on Saturday evening. The billionaire businessman, one-time presidential candidate and purveyor of some truly fabulous quotes is hosting (what else?) An Evening with Donald Trump to benefit King’s reelection campaign. This comes the same week that a bankruptcy court will be hearing The Donald’s request to slash worker benefits at his troubled Atlantic City casino.

A September poll gave the Iowa Republican an 11-point lead over his Democratic challenger, Jim Mowrer, but the race for campaign cash is a different story. Sunlight’s Real-Time tracker tool shows that Mowrer has raised more money and has more cash on hand than King, who is running for his seventh term in the House.

King’s party with the Donald, which we heard about from our friends at the Des Moines Register, goes down at George Cataldo’s $2.6 million pad on Tulip Tree Lane, the site of a 2012 private fundraiser headlined by Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio. And if the host’s name sounds vaguely familiar to horse racing fans, yes, Cataldo is the part owner of Paddy O’Prado, the thoroughbred who came in third in 2010’s Kentucky Derby.

And if all that wasn’t enough, the Trump-headlined party – which will also feature Iowa Republicans Sen. Chuck Grassley, Rep. Tom Latham, Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds – comes on the heels of another celebrity nod for the King camp. Chuck Norris endorsed King last week, but no news about any upcoming campaign events with the “Walker, Texas Ranger” star.

Biden keeps busy
It has been a jam-packed few weeks for Vice President Joe Biden: He’s been partying hard, traveling all over the place and doing his best to look super cool while eating ice cream.

The hectic schedule continues this week when the VP travels to sunnier states to headline Democratic fundraisers. First up is a jaunt down to Florida on Monday for a party for Charlie Crist, the former Republican governor who is running for his old position, but this time as a Democrat. Crist may be a convert, but Party Time’s data show he’s gotten loads of help from Dem bigwigs, getting feted by the likes of Bill and Hillary Clinton as well as mega Sunshine State fundraisers Mitchell Berger and John Morgan.

On Tuesday, Biden travels to South Carolina for two events. He and his wife, Jill Biden, are slated to headline a get-out-the-vote event in Columbia before attending a fundraiser for the state’s Democratic Party. It’s Biden’s second trip so far this year to the Palmetto State, site of the first in the presidential primary in the South. In May, he did a similar one-two punch, giving the keynote at a state party luncheon fundraiser and then delivering the commencement speech at the University of South Carolina.

With multiple warm weather stops in his near future, look for Biden to sneak in a stop to an ice cream stand or two.

Presidential partying
The partier-in-chief is at it again with another batch of fundraisers this week. As of this writing, President Barack Obama has three events on the books, but Party Time totally expects that number to increase. After all, his schedule last week included stops in D.C., New York, Connecticut, Los Angeles and San Francisco. (If you know of a presidential party that we don’t have on our list, you know what to do! Send whatever you’ve got right here.)

Obama gets started on Tuesday with a roundtable discussion and dinner for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee at the McLean home of Tori Winkler Thomas, a longtime Dem donor. DCCC Chairman Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., and Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. – both rock stars in their own right on the partying circuit – will join the president.

On Wednesday, it will be a DSCC fundraiser in Union, N.J., the Newark Star-Ledger reports, and then up to Connecticut for an old-fashioned campaign rally. Were you lucky enough to get an invite to the Union do? Give us the confidential upload right here.

Come Thursday, Obama travels to Long Island for a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee at the Garden City Hotel. Jay Jacobs, the head of the Nassau County Democratic Party, and his wife, Mindy, will host the event. Although Obama hits up New York donors often, Thursday’s shindig marks the first time the president has been at a fundraiser in that part of the Empire State, according to local reporters.

GOP ’16 prospects hit $$ trail
Republican governors unite! This week, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, two state heads often in the mix as likely presidential potentials, stump for other GOP gubernatorial candidates.

Christie, who has traveled all over and brought in mega money as the chairman of the Republican Governors Association, starts off his week on Tuesday with a private fundraiser in Maine for Gov. Paul LePage. Former Sen. Olympia Snowe and her husband, former Gov. John McKernan Jr. – a Pine Tree State power couple if there ever was one – will also be on hand to gin up support during the lunchtime event.

On Thursday, Christie makes his way to Chicago for a luncheon for the state’s Republican Party. Tickets start at $1,000 per plate, but $10,000 gets you six spots at the private roundtable, seats at lunch and entry to a photo reception. And Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk and Reps. Rodney Davis, Randy Hultgren, Adam Kinzinger, Peter Roskam, Aaron Schock and John Shimkus will all party alongside Bruce Rauner, who is hoping to unseat Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn in November.

Of all the races Christie has weighed in on, the gubernatorial contest in his neighboring state of New York isn’t one of them. In fact, in July, the RGA head said he wouldn’t campaign for Rob Astorino, calling it a “landslide” race since the gubernatorial hopeful is so far behind Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the polls. After that dustup, a handful of other Republican governors (Govs. Jindal, Rick Perry, Scott Walker and Mike Pence – also all on the long list of possible presidential candidates in 2016) pledged to support Astorino.

At the end of September, Perry headlined a party for Astorino, and this week, it’s Jindal’s turn. On Thursday evening, the Bayou State governor will be the main attraction at the Union League Club event, where $2,500 will snag you a photo and a spot at the VIP reception.

Jindal will then head to Connecticut on Friday for a fundraiser for Tom Foley, the Republican hoping to unseat Gov. Dannel Malloy. To underscore the heated nature of that race, the president will be heading up to the Nutmeg State earlier in the week — not for a fundraiser, however. On Wednesday, Obama will be headlining one of his trademark fire-’em-up rallies on behalf of Malloy.

PT’s records show Jindal’s appearance marks his 17th fundraiser appearance of the year, who said just last week that he is still “thinking and praying” about a future White House bid.

Party people, that’s a wrap for the week! It’s a busy one, but what did we miss and what have you heard about? Let us know!

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Uncategorized • POSTED - 10.06.14 BY Palmer Gibbs

PT Round-up: Barack Obama raises goop-loads of money with Gwyneth Paltrow; Joe Biden, Carole King make donors sing; Mitt Romney fundraises with Republican heavyweights; plus, a “Game of Thrones” party


Hello, party people! This week’s social calendar is a little less packed than recent weeks, but most of the parties on the books boast big names and carry a high price tag. Over here at Party Time, we like to think of that as strategic partying: If you can charge way more money at a handful of events with well-known faces, then you get to take off an afternoon or two. Treat yourself.

The fundraiser schedule this week leans to the left, but we know Republicans love a good party as much as their Democratic counterparts. Have you heard about a GOP party in the works? If you know of a fundraiser, you know what to do! Upload all of those official invites right here, or email us whatever you’ve got.

And now, for your weekly dose of political partying!

Partier-in-chief parties on and on and on
President Barack Obama’s fundraising schedule has felt a little helter skelter lately, with events cropping up seemingly on the fly (please see last week’s Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee event that we – and the White House press pool – found out about as it was happening). We know the president’s team plans everything to a T, so we are always surprised when there’s absolutely no pre-party buzz around a presidential pop-in.

But that’s about to change this week, as the fundraiser-in-chief is slated to attend five very buzzy, on-the-books parties. The most-talked-about shindig among them has to be Thursday’s reception and dinner at Gwyneth Paltrow’s Los Angeles home. Yes, the creator of Goop (it’s where she shares “all of life’s positives,” according to the lifestyle site’s About page) and the user of phrases like “conscious uncoupling” is hosting a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee, with tickets ranging from $1,000 to $32,400. It’s the second time the mega movie star has lent her name to a fundraiser invite with the prez: In 2012, she threw a dinner for Obama’s reelection campaign in London with buddies Anna Wintour and Tom Ford.

On Friday, Obama heads up the California coast for another DNC fundraiser, this one at San Francisco City Hall. PT records show that back-to-back events in moneyed, deep-blue pockets of the Left Coast is an often-repeated partying plan, but one we haven’t seen since July, when Obama did a Seattle to S.F. to L.A. cash grab.

But Obama doesn’t leave all of the partying for the end of the week. He actually starts off the fundraising fun on Tuesday with a three-in-one-day swing that takes him from New York to Connecticut.

An afternoon reception for the DNC at Chef Floyd Cardoz’s new restaurant, White Street in Tribeca, gets together some big names in Big Apple politics. Anne Hess, Craig Kaplan and Sarah and Victor Kovner, who all give loads of cash#mce_temp_url# to local and national Dems, will party with Broadway producer Margo Lion and the president. And another afternoon event, this one billed as a reception and discussion with President Barack Obama, will go down at the Manhattan home of power couple Bill White and Bryan Eure. Cash raised at the $25,000-per-person fundraiser will go straight to the DNC.

In the evening, Obama is off to Connecticut for a fundraiser at the Greenwich home of Richard and Ellen Schapps Richman. Tickets to the party for the DSCC start at $10,000, which is almost a bargain, considering the couple hosted Obama at a $30,000-per-plate fundraiser in 2010.

Whew! That’s a full week of presidential partying, if you ask us.

Joe hits the road for the ladies
The second in command gets in on the fundraising action this week with two on-the-road parties tailored for female House and Senate candidates. Get ready to gas up Air Force Two!

Vice President Joe Biden hits the money trail on Monday with Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., at a cocktail reception for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Hollywood muckety-mucks – Fox executive Jim Gianopulos, former Warner Bros. chairman Barry Meyer, DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg and filmmaker James L. Brooks – play host at the “When Women Succeed America Succeeds” themed event, which also features a performance by Carole King. Dust off that vinyl copy of “Tapestry” and get ready to sing along to “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.” (And if anyone gets a pic of Biden crooning, please-oh-please send it to your friends at Party Time.)

On Thursday, Biden hits up donors at a Seattle party for a joint fundraising committee Washington Sen. Maria Cantwell set up for female senators and candidates in tight races this year. Cash collected for Cantwell for Women in the Senate 2014 goes to Cantwell (not up for reelection until 2018, FYI), Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu, North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan, New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Kentucky Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, Georgia Senate candidate Michelle Nunn and West Virginia Senate candidate Natalie Tennant. Tickets cap out at $5,000.

Romney rakes it in
Mitt Romney continues to bask in his popularity, post presidential run number two. As a highly coveted figure on the campaign trail, Romney has been bouncing around the country this year, stumping for candidates in West Virginia, North Carolina, Arkansas, Colorado and Virginia. And his fundraising schedule has been crammed, too, with additional stops in New Jersey, Georgia, Kentucky and Louisiana.

As Romney’s calendar filled up, the questions started piling on. Is he staging a comeback, a la “the third time’s the charm”?

The former Massachusetts governor started out the year as a solid “no,” but at the end of last month, he delivered a coy “We’ll see what happens” to a reporter’s question about another run in 2016. Hmmmm.

While we can’t be sure about Romney’s future plans, we do know that he can’t seem to get enough of the partying scene. On Monday evening, he throws a New York City bash for the Republican National Committee with other GOPers just about always on the list of presidential potentials: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Big-time Romney supporter (and New York Jets owner) Woody Johnson and his wife, Suzanne, will host the party at their house, and RNC Chairman Reince Priebus will also attend.

That’s a lot of big-name Republicans at one get-together, so you know you’ll be writing a hefty check for some face-time. It’s a whopping $32,400 per person to attend.

On Wednesday, Romney heads to Utah to headline a private fundraiser for Mia Love, who is running for her state’s 4th District U.S. House seat. Love narrowly lost in 2012 to Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson, who is retiring this year. This go-around, Love faces Democrat Doug Owens. This may be her year as a recent poll has her up by 12 points and Sunlight’s Real-Time tool shows her winning the cash contest, too.

“Game of Thrones,” meet Party Time
Politicians glom onto just about anything of-the-moment to help them raise money for their campaigns. Nats game, anyone? Or perhaps a Beyoncé concert?

This week, Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., takes advantage of the “Game of Thrones” craze with a fundraiser ploy around the HBO fantasy hit. The Udall camp is raffling off a chance to meet series writer George R. R. Martin during a VIP reception at the novelist’s personal theater. Loop us in if you hear of any spoilers!

And that’s a wrap, party people! Let us know if you hear of anything good going on out there!

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Uncategorized • POSTED - 09.29.14 BY Palmer Gibbs

PT Round-up: Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama and Mitt Romney all hit the fundraising trail; Chris Christie travels to Ohio; Pat Roberts and Jeb Bush party in Kansas


Hello, party people! Fall is in the air: The leaves are changing, just about everything is pumpkin-flavored and politicians are doubling up on their fundraising efforts. But with members of Congress back in their home districts until after the midterms, much of this week’s partying takes place far away from the usual hotspots around Capitol Hill.

As politicians begin the last full month of campaigning and cash collecting before the election, Party Time preps for a full-on fundraising frenzy. Our social calendar may be packed, but we know there’s more going on out there. What’s brewing in your home state? If you have a fundraiser invite or know of something in the works, you know what to do! Upload the goods right here, or you can email us whatever you’ve got.

And with that, let’s get right into your week in political parties!

Hillary Clinton’s very busy week
Hillary Clinton is many things – one-time first lady, former New York senator, recent Secretary of State, 2008 presidential candidate and oft-mentioned presidential prospect. And now: Grandma!

But those babysitting/diaper changing shifts may have to wait: Clinton also is doing her bit this election season for fellow Democrats, too, headlining parties and lending her name to an email missive for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

She’s set to bounce from Manhattan to Maryland to Miami this week as she headlines a whopping five fundraisers.

First up is some Big Apple partying on Monday. Clinton will hunker down at the Le Parker Meridien hotel for back-to-back events, the first one a luncheon for the DCCC with its chairman, New York Rep. Steve Israel, as well as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Ca. Then, Clinton, Israel and Pelosi stick around for a reception for a batch of Democratic House candidates from the region: Vulnerable New York Reps. Tim Bishop, Sean Patrick Maloney and Dan Maffei; New York candidates Sean Eldridge, Domenic Recchia, Kathleen Rice, Martha Robertson and Aaron Woolf; and New Jersey candidates Aimee Belgard and Bonnie Watson Coleman.

On Tuesday, Clinton heads to D.C., by way of a party for New Hampshire state Sen. Lou D’Allesandro. D’Allesandro endorsed Clinton back in ’08 when she won the presidential primary there, and when discussing his upcoming fundraiser, D’Allesandro described her as a “good friend for a long, long time.” The Manchester politician’s prominent role in such a prominent primary state has everyone, of course, a-buzz that this appearance is the latest sign that Clinton plans to run in 2016.

A few hours later, Clinton heads to a Maryland suburb for a reception with Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, the state’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate. This is the latest installment of big-name headliners for Brown’s campaign: In August, Vice President Joe Biden showed up at a fundraiser for Brown, and back in May, Bill Clinton threw him a party. (FYI, don’t expect a Bubba cameo on Tuesday. The former president will be in Chapel Hill that day at a luncheon for Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C.)

After a one-day break, H. Clinton is back on the money trail, this time hitting up donors in Florida for Charlie Crist’s campaign. According to PT’s records, Thursday’s special dinner reception marks Clinton’s first time in the Sunshine State for fundraising fun.

Mitt the moneymaker
We’d forgive you for feeling a bit of déjà vu this week. Not only are the Clintons on the trail, but Mitt Romney is slated to attend three parties, too.

The former Massachusetts governor and two-time presidential contender starts off on Tuesday at a fundraiser for Barbara Comstock, who is running for Virginia’s 10th District House seat. The race is getting national attention, as indicated by the well-known GOPers who have been stopping by to help Comstock raise cash, including a recent event with Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., Romney’s running mate in 2012. (And, in keeping with the “remember when …” theme, Comstock forever endeared herself to Republicans back in the ’90s when she was an opposition researcher against the Clintons.)

On Thursday, Romney goes to Kentucky to help out Sen. Mitch McConnell, who is starting to pull ahead in his headline-grabbing race against Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes. Power couple Joe Craft and Kelly Knight – he a coal magnate, she a Republican fundraiser – will play host at the McConnell party in Lexington along with Don and Mira Ball, who own a custom home building company and give big bucks to their alma mater, the University of Kentucky.

Romney rounds out the week by dipping his toe into yet another marquee Senate race, this one in the Bayou State. His Friday lunch in New Orleans benefits Rep. Bill Cassidy, who is hoping to unseat three-term incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu. Polls have Cassidy ahead, but Democratic outside groups are going big in the contest. According to Sunlight’s Real-Time tool, Senate Majority PAC has spent just shy of $2.4 million against Cassidy, while Patriot Majority USA has spent a little more than $2 million opposing him.

First family funders
If it’s a full week of fundraisers, and the partier-in-chief himself can’t be out of the mix. The Chicago Tribune reports that President Obama will be back in his hometown on Wednesday to raise money for Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, in a tight reelection fight with Republican millionaire Bruce Rauner. Obama, known for his tireless fundraising schedule (an average of one party every five days, according to a recent Washington Post story), also has a D.C. event set earlier in the week for the Democratic National Committee. But we need the details! If you have them,  send us the goods!)

But the first lady is also in the party mix, headlining a batch of events for Democratic gubernatorial candidates on Friday. Michelle Obama will attend a fundraiser in Boston for Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley. Coakley is running against Republican Charlie Baker and three independent candidates, and the Boston Globe recently reported that Baker’s campaign account has an $800,000 advantage over Coakley’s.

Obama is also the main draw at a mid afternoon rally and reception for Maine Rep. Mike Michaud, who has his eye on his state’s governor’s mansion. Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, will also be on hand to fire up the crowd at the University of Maine. And although that portion of the afternoon is free, never fear: A $3,000-per-person photo line and backstage reception got tacked onto the rally.

And speaking of Maine, did you know that PT partnered up with the fine folks at the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting to create the very first state-specific Party Time? It’s true! You can check it out right here (and send invites right here). Why can’t D.C. come up with more fundraisers like this one?

Christie brings in the cash
Gov. Chris Christie loves a good party. According to PT’s records, the New Jersey Republican has attended 18 fundraisers in September alone, and although most of those appearances fall under his responsibilities as the chairman of the Republican Governors Association, some are outside of those boundaries. Cynics (not us, of course!) might say it looks as though Christie is trying to make inroads with voters and donors in key presidential states.

So, what’s Party Time to think when we heard Christie would be the guest speaker at a Republican finance dinner in Ohio? Does he just love Akron, or could this trip have something to do with Ohio’s perma-swing-state status and Christie’s presidential hopes and dreams for 2016? Party people, you decide!

Sunflower State partying
Last week, we looked into the increasingly interesting Senate race down in Kansas. Republican Sen. Pat Roberts suddenly is in the fight of his life after the Democrat dropped out of the race, paving the way for a serious challenge from independent candidate Greg Orman.

Since that shakeup, Roberts – who faced criticism as a “creature of Washington” during his Republican primary – has appeared in his home state with GOP crowd-pleasers like Arizona Sen. John McCain and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Last week, Roberts did a campaign stop with former Sen. Bob Dole, who hasn’t held office since 1996 but is still a bit of a rock star with Kansas voters.

Come Monday, Roberts will be in Wichita for a luncheon with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. While the Roberts campaign will benefit from the money raked in at the $100- to $2,600-per-plate event, Bush gets publicity points as he flirts with a run for the While House in 2016. He kicked his fundraiser appearances into high gear this year, traveling to Ohio, Illinois and Massachusetts, as well as partying in Florida with Gov. Nikki Haley, R-S.C., and Gov. Terry Branstad, R-Iowa, both early presidential primary states.

Whew, party people, what a full week! What have we missed, and what have you heard about? Let us know!

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Uncategorized • POSTED - 09.22.14 BY Palmer Gibbs

PT Round-up: Who has Sen. Pat Roberts, former POTUS Bill Clinton, Sen. Mark Udall, Speaker John Boehner, 20K invites and wants more?? Read on!

Hello, party timers! It’s the last full week of September, and politicians prepping for their midterms with – you guessed it! – fundraisers galore.

But any faithful readers of this blog know it’s never just about the election right in front of us. Sure, Republican Scott Brown (former Massachusetts senator, current New Hampshire Senate candidate) is throwing a reception on Thursday in Manhattan for his November race. But two other prominent GOPers with their eyes on the White House are lending some strategic support this week at parties in the swing state of Virginia.

On Tuesday, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., will indulge in some sweet fundraising at a dessert reception for Barbara Comstock, who is running in the closely watched race for Virginia’s 10th District House seat. The next day, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., continues his frenzied fundraising schedule with a stop in Falls Church for a dinner benefiting the Republican Party of Virginia. If you miss either of those get-togethers, not to worry: Rubio and Paul – along with a batch of other presidential potentials – will gather for a Family Research Council confab in D.C. on Friday.

There’s a lot going on this week, but what have we missed? If you’ve got the goods, you know what to do! Upload official invites right here, or email us whatever you’ve got. And we’d be remiss if we didn’t take this opportunity to mention that the Party Time database hit 20,000 invites at the end of last week! So, a big thank you to PT’s friends who made that possible. Huzzah!

Party for Pat
It’s been a tough few months for Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts. First, he had to hustle during a closer-than-anticipated Republican primary, ultimately elbowing past tea party challenger Milton Wolf by seven points. Then, the Democrat on the general election ballot opted to bow out, blowing open the race and giving independent candidate Greg Orman a real shot. Just last week, a poll showed that, in a head-to-head matchup, Orman leads the 78-year-old Roberts by 10 points.

Kansas may be deep red, but Rothenberg Political Report just called out Roberts as the most vulnerable Republican senator in the country. The National Republican Senatorial Committee sent two of its scrappiest operatives to the Sunflower State, and bigwigs in the party are chipping in, too, throwing a fundraiser for Roberts in D.C. on Tuesday. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., are all slated to headline the event.

We’ve heard mumblings of other parties in the works for Roberts, who is running for his fourth Senate term, but could use some details. If you know what’s going on, loop us in!

Clinton in Colorado
Former President Bill Clinton hasn’t run for office since the mid ’90s, but you’d never know it based on his travel schedule the last few years. In 2012, he bounced all over the country, stumping for President Obama’s reelection campaign, and since then, he’s lent his support to a fistful of candidates at fundraiser appearances.

Initially, Clinton headlined events for fellow Arkansans, or political buddies like Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, or family friends like Kentucky Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes. But Clinton has become the go-to fundraiser for many other struggling Democrats. He has helped out with fundraisers in New Hampshire for Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and in Louisiana for Sen. Mary Landrieu.

Come Saturday, Clinton will try to work some of his magic on Colorado voters. He touches down in Denver for a luncheon with Sen. Mark Udall, who is in a neck-and-neck race with Republican challenger Rep. Cory Gardner. It’s one of the more marquee Senate contests in the country. According to Sunlight’s Real-Time tool, outside groups, including Crossroads GPS and NextGen Climate Action, have spent a combined $17.4 million on the seat so far.

Boehner hits the road
When Party Time read about House Speaker John Boehner’s August recess road trip of campaigning and fundraising, we couldn’t help but wonder if his team made a playlist for the 14-state tour. We imagine a pre-stop ritual similar to that of Dwight Schrute.

Aides better dust off the mixed tape this week, because the Ohio congressman is at it again with three on-the-road fundraisers. On Tuesday, Boehner heads to Glens Falls, N.Y., for a fundraiser for Elise Stefanik, who is running for the Empire State’s 21st District House seat and, to her credit, has had no shortage of parties with bold-named attendees.

Then, Boehner is off to downtown Manchester on Wednesday for a reception for former Rep. Frank Guinta, who is facing off – for the third time – against Rep. Carol Shea-Porter for the 1st District House seat in New Hampshire. Boehner keeps going north on Thursday for a fundraising stop in Maine for Bruce Poliquin. Poliquin, a former state treasurer, is running against Emily Cain for the 2nd District House seat.

O’Malley money
Gov. Martin O’Malley, D-Md., makes no secret of thinking about a White House bid. Last month, he added fuel to the fire when he dispatched campaign staff into Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, all important presidential primary states. And his busy partying schedule is yet another indicator of his 2016 hopes and dreams.

This weekend, O’Malley has makes three tactical partying stops. First up: New Hampshire, where O’Malley has visited four times in 10 months. He headlines a party on Friday for State Sen. Martha Fuller Clark and then does a dinner for the Portsmouth City Democrats. On Sunday, O’Malley gets some Hollywood help at a fundraiser in California for his (cleverly named) PAC, O’Say Can You See. Film producer Moctesuma Esparza and Sony exec Eric Paquette will be on hand to gin up support among guests paying $1,000 per person to party.

And that’s a wrap! What are we missing, and what have you heard about? Send us whatever you’ve got.

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