Hey, Partiers! After golfing on Saturday, then celebrating Mother’s Day on Sunday and hosting British Prime Minister David Cameron this morning, you might think that President Obama would be too tuckered out to deal with any fundraising. But you’d be wrong! (This is the Party Time blog. You should see these things coming…)
The president is traveling this afternoon to the New York City to attend three fairly secretive Democratic fundraisers, one DCCC/DSCC party at the Waldorf Astoria hotel and another DNC event at the home of Harvey Weinstein, legendary executive producer of two of this year’s Oscars contenders — Django Unchained and Silver Linings Playbook — and, of course, Zack and Miri Make a Porno. As the New York Post reported, the event costs $32,400 per couple and will host fewer than 65 guests, giving Weinstein the chance to dim the lights and give his guests intimacy they crave. Let’s just assume it’s not the same sort of intimacy he’s famous for producing in Shakespeare in Love, Cold Mountain and Zack and Miri Make a Porno.
No info has been reported on the third event except that it is being held at a private residence. Diddy?
Lucky enough to snag an invite to any of these swell events? Put it right here.
But the president isn’t the only one kicking off the week with a fundraising bonanza. NYC Republican candidate for mayor Joe Lhota will be close by, plying donors with alcohol and conversation, along with another entertainment icon, Steve Schirripa. (He played a guy on The Sopranos. It’s okay, I didn’t know who he was, either.)
Mikulski kicked off her 23rd annual tournament today at the Whiskey Creek Golf Course in Ijamsville, Md., while Burr will be hitting the links in Gainesville, Va. at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club. Individual players will pony up a minimum of $1,000 to weather 18 holes on an unseasonably blustery May day.
Golf is the worst, which is why I give Mikulski and Burr credit for suffering through it. It might not be as bad as a Taylor Swift concert, but if I were elected to one of the nation’s highest offices, no way would I be caught trudging around a golf course on a super-fun day I was scheduled to be in session. Bravo!Tweet
After Mitt Romney took a nosedive and his campaign collapsed on Election Day, many pointed to the GOP’s widening fracture for its downfall. This rift between the ultra-conservative Tea Party movement and “establishment” Republicans has led to bitter friendly fire: The party couldn’t agree on how to deal with the sequester, tea partiers have alienated rising stars like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and now Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., has viciously set his sights on fellow GOPer and potential 2016 presidential nominee Marco Rubio. More specifically, the Florida senator’s fundraising habits. Rubio first voted against the federal Hurricane Sandy relief package (which already made King furious, and you can see why by getting a load of some of the damage in his district, pictured above), and then the Floridian proceeded to court Wall Street for campaign cash. This prompted an eruption of Vesuvian proportions from King:
“It’s bad enough that these guys voted against it, that’s inexcusable enough. But to have the balls to come in and say, ‘We screwed you now make us president?’… Rubio and these other Republican candidates are coming to New York to raise money… I don’t think any senator or congressman who voted against aid for Sandy should get one nickel from New York.”
Yikes — it looks like the GOP chasm just got a little deeper. But it certainly won’t stop Republicans from fundraising, and next week PT’s got some lucrative parties from both sides of the aisle. Check them out below.
Terry McAuliffe ran in the 2009 Virginia gubernatorial race, but came up just a tiny bit short; all right, he lost by 23 points in the Democratic primary. But now he’s back with a vengeance — and with fundraising MVP Bill Clinton! McAuliffe is enlisting Bubba’s support for a March 5 reception at the Palm Beach area home of liberal fundraiser John Morgan. The event will costs guests up to $10,000, or as little as $500. McAuliffe is a long-time friend of (and fundraiser for) the Clintons; he co-chaired Bill Clinton’s 1996 re-election campaign and chaired Hillary Clinton’s unsuccessful 2008 bid for the presidency. This might be just Bubba’s way of saying “Thanks.”
Colbert Busch Comes to D.C.
In what’s becoming a regular segment here at Party Time, candidate Elizabeth Colbert Busch, the older sister of fake-conservative Stephen Colbert, is hosting another fundraiser — but this time she’s left the Palmetto State for the District. In a tip from our friends over at the Center for Public Integrity, Colbert Busch’s first Washington party is a March 4 reception with S.C. Democratic Rep. Jim Clyburn. Tickets stretch to $5,000 per PAC and $2,600 per person, and little bro Stephen isn’t scheduled to be on-hand. Fun fact (from Politico): Unlike Stephen, “Lulu” pronounces her last name with a hard “t.” With the primary just 18 days away, look for more ColberT Busch funders coming up!
Markey Forges Onward
As soon as Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., announced he was running for the newly opened Senate seat, his fundraising calendar heated up. This week is no exception, as he continues to generate some serious campaign cash at a March 7 reception in Boston. Taking place at the law offices of Kearney, Donovan and McGee, the “Clean Tech Community” event will cost attendees a maximum of $2,600.
Hatching a Plan
In the fiscal cliff deal, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, defended a provision that saved the biopharmaceutical corporation Amgen millions. Now it seems he’s cozying up to a larger swath of the medical world as AdvaMed, WellPAC and the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement PAC host a breakfast for him on March 7. The $5,000/$1,000 price tag will benefit Hatch’s leadership PAC, ORRIN PAC, and seems to be one of the first steps in a larger fundraising push — he’s got at least six funders coming up. Unusual for a senator who just ended a successful campaign with no debt. Could Orrin already be planning a bid for an eighth term? He’ll be 84 on his next Election Day.
Cornyn Getting Nervous?
The Lone Star State’s senior Republican senator, John Cornyn, recently was declared the second-most conservative member of the Senate, but that still might not be good enough for Texas voters. Up for re-election in 2014, Cornyn may be targeted by the Tea Party in the primary — and opposition candidates are popping up already. To prepare for this attack, Cornyn is doing two things — undergoing an extreme makeover to appeal to ultra-conservatives, and raising boatloads of cash! He’s got two events planned next week: The first is a PAC-only Financial Services Dinner on Monday, costing a flat $5,000. The second is a lunch at Capitol Tax Partners right on the Hill, with a maximum price of $1,500/PAC and $1,000/personal.
New DCCC Finance Chair Himes Shows Off His Skills
As the 2014 midterm elections draw nearer, the Democrats’ fundraising machine, the DCCC, has chosen Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., as its new national finance chairman. Himes has connections and knows how to work them — he was employed on Wall Street for 12 years at Goldman Sachs, and took home over $3.2 million for his own 2012 campaign. He’s getting started for the next election already, hosting a small dinner at Fiola on March 6. Prices run up to $2,500 for PACs and $1,000 for individuals. The DCCC came off a great month in January, out-raising the NRCC by $1.7 million — we’ll see if Himes can keep up the torrid pace, and also pay off the substantial debts still remaining.
Capito Ready to Run
It seems as though the Republicans have already chosen their candidate to fill the Senate seat in West Virginia that retiring Democrat Jay Rockefeller is vacating. The seemingly chosen one: Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., daughter of the state’s former Gov. (and ex-con) Arch Moore. With Rockefeller gone, no significant Democrat yet in the race and Republican challengers backing down, it seems like an ideal climate for the GOP to steal a seat in 2014. Because of this, the NRSC has promoted several Capito fundraisers in the coming weeks to further their advantage. On March 5, Capito will be holding a $1,000/PAC, $500/individual dinner at the offices of Navigators LLC. And there will be a second fundraiser the very next day, a Pharmaceutical Industry Meet and Greet on Wednesday with industry giants Pfizer and Eisai. Welcome to Washington, Shelley.
Until next time, Partiers!
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After all, DeMint has thrown over 60 events since 2009, packing the PT database with fundraisers like it was a stuffed stocking. He even scheduled a $2,000 lunch at Congressional favorite Charlie Palmer’s on Dec. 13, but John Graham of the fundraising firm the Gula Graham Group notified PT that it had been canceled. The Tea Party hero (and partying powerhouse) will be shifting gears to become president of the Heritage Foundation. It’s located right on Capitol Hill, so DeMint won’t be straying too far. Maybe he’ll amp up the conservative think tank’s party profile. PT can find only one measly invite for a Heritage-sponsored party in our files and it wasn’t even in D.C.
Meanwhile, who will replace this party animal? Rumblings of fellow Palmetto Stater Stephen Colbert have arisen, who proved an intimidating fundraiser – his super PAC, Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow raised over $1 million. But S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley has already quashed that idea – all because Colbert didn’t know the state drink was milk.
There are still plenty of parties going on, and we’ve got the low-down. Check the invites below:
The Blue Plate Special
The DSCC is bringing in the big guns for their Majority Trust Dinner on Dec. 12, located at the swanky St. Regis Hotel just blocks away from the White House. In attendance will be the top members of the Democrats’ Senate leadership team: Majority leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. This core of blue heavy hitters costs a pretty penny to dine with – guests have to cough up $30,800 – the maximum an individual is allowed to donate to a national party committee, and there are no cheaper seats.
More Campaign Kick-Offs for 2014
While 2014 may be more than a year off, more and more politicians are nonetheless preparing for the next election season. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Col0., is hosting his self-explanatory “Reception to Kick Off his 2014 Reelection” on Dec. 10. It takes place on the Cava Mezze rooftop, which could get a tad chilly this time of year… To join the senator, guests will need to fork over anywhere from $5,000 to $1,000.
Another politician getting a head start on the 2014 election is Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga. The NRSC HQ will be the site of his “Kick Off Breakfast” on Dec. 13, a mere eight days after his dinner at Ruth’s Chris. And that event was a mere 11 days after his Quarterly Max Out Reception – it seems like his fundraising campaign has already kicked off, no? To attend Chambliss’ third event since the Election Day, it’ll run you as much as $2,500.
The Return of the Koch
It was a tough election for the Koch brothers, billionaire businessmen Charles and David. Their 501 c(4), Americans for Prosperity, spent over $33 million to oppose the reelection of Barack Obama. After doing the math, that’s a return on investment of about, say, 0%.
But the brothers are back! They are helping kick off another campaign for the 2014 season, and this time it’s Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas. Koch Industries is hosting a “Campaign Kick-Off Reception” at the NRSC, an event costing between $5,000 and $500 dollars. Cornyn serves on the Finance subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure – what will Charles and David expect in return for this party? If nothing else, at least Cornyn is a bit of a safer bet for the brothers, winning his last election 55% to 43%.
Looking into the week after, PT spots its first event for McConnell Victory Kentucky, a joint fundraising committee set up with McConnell’s campaign fund and the Kentucky GOP. The Dec. 18 fundraising dinner is also hosted by Koch Industries, and will cost guests $1,000 and PACs $2,500. It seems as though their 2012 return on investment (or lack thereof) hasn’t deterred the Brothers Koch, and they are setting their sights on 2014.
Bobbing for Lobbyists
Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., is trying to escape the cold weather of D.C. and get back to the blissful days of summer with his “Bluegrass and BBQ” fundraiser, taking place at the downtown Hill Country BBQ restaurant. It will run guests up to $1,000, and it looks like the party will be packed – packed with lobbyists, that is. Take a look at some of the sponsors and hosts:
Do you see a pattern yet? These are all people representing special interests that have helped out Warner, who’s up for reelecton in 2014. And these are just three from a list of dozens – who else listed on the invite could be expecting things from Warner?
Food for thought with your eggnog . . .
Until next time, Partiers!
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Thanksgiving has come and gone, and Black Friday has launched that super-commercialized door-busting retail onslaught, also known as the holiday season. Much like shoppers rushing out at 4 a.m. to snag the best deals, politicians are hustling in the weeks after Election Day to throw parties and raise some serious holiday dough.
Check out the highlights below, and send us your invites here!
2014, Start Your Engines
If you thought you were safe from political campaigning, think again. Some politicians have already started preparing for their 2014 bids, beginning with some old fashioned partying. Class II Senators Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., and Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., are both hosting fundraisers in the upcoming week, despite their elections being two years away.
Chambliss is making his desire clear with the “Quarterly Max-Out Reception,” not so subtly suggesting that donors contribute as much as they can to the campaign. The suggested price for this Monday event at the Capitol Hill Club is $5,000 for PACs and $2,500 for individuals, the maximum amount allowed for one election cycle. What a coincidence!
Inhofe is celebrating his birthday with style at the “Annual Joe’s Stone Crab Reception” on Wednesday. For as much as $2,500 or as little as $500, you too can enjoy Florida stone crab right here in D.C! (But that’s not as impressive as it sounds, however, as the crab can be found in places like Texas and Connecticut…) The event name refers to the famous Joe’s Stone Crab restaurant in Miami Beach, which is turning 100 next year. If you can’t make it to the party but still want some tasty crab, you’re in luck – Joe’s delivers all across the continental U.S.
Lose Some, Lose Some More
For Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, R, Election Day didn’t go as planned. His political committee, RANDPAC, bet against all the wrong candidates, resulting in a total success rate of 0% – and a loss of $500,000. Check the races he influenced (or tried to) below from Follow the Unlimited Money:
Ouch, that hurts. Perhaps to offset these losses, Paul will be hosting a luncheon on Nov. 29 at fundraising favorite Johnny’s Half Shell. Admission will cost up to $5,000 to sponsor, up to $2,500 to host, and up to $1,000 to attend. Just 500 attendees and he’ll be in the clear!
Debt Retirement Alert
Tea Party favorite Ted Cruz, R-Texas, recently prevailed in his Senate race, and now he needs to pay off some of that burdensome campaign debt – about $1.2 million of it. To accomplish this, Cruz is doubling up on Wednesday, hosting a $2,000 “Debt Retirement Reception” followed by a $5,000 “Debt Retirement Dinner” with a special guest, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. Party Time covered the world of debt retirement fundraisers earlier this month – check it out!
Crapo Does Double Time
Senior Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo (it’s pronounced “Cray-poe”!) isn’t taking an extended Thanksgiving break, getting right back to his busy Washington schedule – of partying, that is. Crapo is pulling a double ‘draiser, hosting two benefits on Tuesday. He’ll fill up with a $2,000/$1,000 lunch, take an afternoon siesta, and then head over to Charlie Palmer’s for a dinner at the same price point. If Crapo is still eating that much food soon after a Thanksgiving meal, maybe he deserves the money.
Just like Black Friday has encroached upon other holidays, with some stores this year opening at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, fundraising season is chewing up more of the political calendar — just ask Mitch McConnell, who held a $2,500 dinner the night after the election.
Perhaps lawmakers should follow the “Buy Nothing Day” movement, an international day of protest against high-octane consumerism, and chill their fundraising efforts. Activities of Buy Nothing Day include: The Whirl-Mart, where participants silently steer their shopping carts around a store in a “long, baffling conga line” without putting anything in them; and the Zombie Walk, where people wander around malls staring at shoppers with a blank expression on their face. I have a feeling that some politicians wouldn’t be so bad at that last one.
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The election’s finally decided; dark money groups are falling back into the shadows; TV and the Internet are no longer crammed with horrifying attack ads; and at least some people are finally getting back to what’s important – partying!
The columns of Party Time still run thin as most members of Congress either sit back and relax to celebrate their win, or take some time pining over what could have been. But for several Republicans in the Senate, there seems to be no respite from fundraising – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., even had an event the day after the election!
The big event this week is Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad’s Birthday Bash, being held at the Palace Theater within the amusement park Adventureland. The headliner for this event is Florida Sen. and potential GOP savior Marco Rubio. Could Rubio be preparing already for a 2016 bid? The event holds more importance than most funders, since it’s honoring the governors of one of America’s highest-profile swing states, and the caucuses that just so happen to kick off the quadrennial presidential sweepstakes. Last year’s bash took place during the battle for the Republican presidential nominee and every one, barring Mitt Romney, showed up to honor Branstad.
Earlier in the week, Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., hosts a dinner on Tuesday. Perhaps Toomey has the energy to fundraise because he got to sit out the 2012 election – he slipped by Democrat Joe Sestak 51% to 49% in a narrow victory of his own two years ago. The event takes place at Acqua Al 2, a popular Capitol Hill site, and will run guests up to $2,000.
Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., also didn’t have to worry about Election Day this year, defeating Democrat Paul Hodes in 2010. She will be returning to a Congressional favorite, Johnny’s Half Shell, for a breakfast running guests anywhere from $2,000 to $500.
Another senator who was able to relax this week was Dan Coats, R-Ind. He’s breaking out some conservative star power and hosting a breakfast with retiring Senate minority whip Jon Kyl R-Ariz. The bill for this meal could run you $2,000, but you can grab a seat for just $500.
But newly-elected Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., is proving to be quite a trouper. Fresh off a win in over former Sen. Bob Kerrey, she’ll be throwing an appropriately titled Nebraska Victory Reception at the National Republican Senatorial Committee. To get in and celebrate the good times will be up to $2,000.
And if you think these candidates are planning ahead, wait until you meet Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo. Party Time has already received an invite to his “Teton Tee-Off and Wine+Art Escape” – taking place in August of 2013. Wow. Here’s hoping Barrasso supporters have marked their calendars, because they are going to have no excuses for missing this one.
Elections are won and lost, politicians come and go, but fundraisers are forever.
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President Obama and his Republican rival, Mitt Romney, are proving that you no longer have to sift through the California riverbeds to strike gold– all you have to do is ask.
Exhibit A: Party Time sources have clued us into an exclusive, high-end dinner on Columbus Day that Obama will be attending. And partiers, we mean high-end: Celebrity chefs Alice Waters and Tyler Florence will be providing the food, and Bay Area stars like John Legend and San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith will be in attendance. The event will seat 100 lucky guests, for a substantial $20,000 per plate.
But, if you can believe it, this one-of-a-kind experience is being billed as an unprecedented bargain by the Obama Victory Fund. Party Time obtained an email sent by OVF Northwest Regional Finance Director Autumn Sample that claims they have “never offered an event with POTUS of this style at the $20,000 price point, so sell it y’all!”
Scroll down to the bottom of the invite to catch a peek at the email dug up by our source.
But this isn’t the only major event that Obama will be dropping by. Directly after the dinner, Obama will head to the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium for a concert headlined by perennial Obama supporter/blogger John Legend and Michael Franti. Tickets top out at $7,500, dubbed the “Golden State” package, and run down to $100, known as “Muni.”
If that weren’t enough, the day before will almost be an almost perfect mirror, only taking place in LA. Oct. 7 kicks off with a star-studded “30 Days to Victory” show featuring Katy Perry, Jennifer Hudson, Stevie Wonder, Jon Bon Jovi, and Earth, Wind and Fire – a line-up that might even justify its $2,500/$1,000/$250 asking price. Also in attendance will be San Antonio Mayor and DNC wunderkind Julian Castro. Could Obama be grooming him for a possible 2016 bid?
At the concert Obama will not let up, attempting to perform fundraising “Inception” – a fundraiser within a fundraiser. That’s right, the President will host a backstage photoline reception while the concert is still happening. Now that’s working double-time.
Once the final note has played, Obama will rush to a $40,000 Co-Host/$25,000 Guest dinner in the City of Angels. The invite isn’t specific, but a meal at that price point usually comes with a surprise guest of honor – could Bubba be showing his face there too? It’s certainly a possibility, considering he and Julian Castro will be attending a breakfast at the home of media mogul Michael King (he launched The Oprah Winfrey Show!.. and Dr. Phil) in nearby Pacific Palisades, a swanky celebrity neighborhood “where the mountains meet the sea.” Dropping $40,000 per couple supplies a greeting, photo opp, and premium seating, but settling for $1,000 will get you a seat at the table.
But the Romney campaign hasn’t ignored the Golden State either, holding two $50,000+ fundraisers in late September. The first took place in historic Strawberry Hill, where Romney himself entertained guests that paid up to $100,000 for the pleasure of his company. The second was a celebrity reception with stars like Gary Sinise, Patricia Heaton and Dennis Miller and producer Jerry Bruckheimer.
California has certainly drawn in presidential interest, even prompting some to say it’s “getting some swing-state-level love.” Despite its firm Democratic position, both Obama and Romney have extracted millions there, largely thanks to high-end soirees from Beverly Hills to the Bay Area.
The gold rush may be long over, but the presidential candidates are proving that California can still produce political gold. Eureka indeed.
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Updated Sept. 30, 8:13 a.m. ET
As the foliage turns from deep green to burnt orange and yellow, a new season descends upon the nation – debate season! (What were you thinking?)
We’ve got invites galore, including a dream concert-going experience for the guy with Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., below (with that intriguing beard/moustache combo, he deserves it). Read – and party – on.
With less than 40 days until the presidential election, both candidates at the top of their tickets are kicking campaigns, and fundraising efforts into overdrive. Always send PartyTime your invites so we’re up to date! Thanks, Partiers!
Obama bowls a strike on debate night
The Obama team has a whopping seven events scheduled for Oct. 3, the night of the first presidential debate in Denver. Four of these make up a cross-country bowling extravaganza, with debate-watch parties from coast-to-coast at Lucky Strike Lanes locations in San Francisco, Miami, New York City, and D.C. And if that weren’t enough, former president and Obama superfan Bill Clinton will be at a $20,000 per person round table in Boston.
Ann Romney at the Adelsons
And while President Obama is closeted in Las Vegas for debate prep on Monday, his GOP rival’s wife will be the guest of honor at GOP mega-donor Sheldon Adelson’s home in one of Sin City’s swanky suburbs. Tickets for the event run from $10,000 to $1,000, the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Laura Myers has learned. Got the actual invite? You know where to send it.
Ryan on the move
Not to be outdone, vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan has gone on the offensive, attending at least four events in the next week. Ryan will be hustling around Connecticut on Sunday afternoon, attending a roundtable at 11:45AM followed by a reception at 2:30PM, each with a maximum suggested donation of $10,000. Ryan’s hectic schedule continues as he jets to NYC the next morning for a $10,000 breakfast at the city’s “ premier Nordic restaurant.”
Todd Akin – back from the dead?
Is Todd Akin on the greatest comeback trail ever, or is he just clinging to a forgotten dream? Many questioned his ability to legitimately stay in the race, but since Akin proved resolute and stayed in the race many Republicans have flocked to him – with cash too. Capitalizing on this positive news, he has four fundraising events planned in just five days next week. He kicks things off by catching a St. Louis Cardinals ballgame, hoping to mimic his team’s recent success. He then returns to the beltway for not one, not two but three events at a cute townhouse property known as Eastgate, however the costs for these are unknown. The increase in money may bring newfound success for Akin, but he may stumble again while running to home plate.
Allen’s conservative hootenanny
George Allen is locked in a tight race for the Virginia senate with Tim Kaine, so he boosted his fundraising campaign considerably. He highlights this week with a BBQ party at downtown D.C. eatery Hill Country on Tuesday, and it’s slathered in Republicans. Amongst the myriad congressional guests are House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kent.
Tester is jamming:
Montana Sen. Jon Tester is involved in a heated race of his own, but has received a truly rockin’ endorsement – from the legendary band Pearl Jam. Bassist Jeff Ament is a longtime friend of Tester’s, and the two paired up to offer supporters “the best seats in the world” to the band’s concert at Missoula. It’s a bold claim, but here’s what it entails – grand prize winners will get to sit in recliners on-stage during the performance, VIP passes backstage, admission to preshow events with the band and Tester, and hotel and airfare expenses. OK, so those definitely live up to the hype. PT hates to be the bearer of bad news, but this guy already won. To be fair, “Steve from Billings” sure looks excited.
While the leaves around D.C. may shift their hues, the color of PartyTime will always be green. Until next time, Partiers!Tweet
The September fundraising rush is on, as congressional candidates strive to collect big totals for their third quarter reports. Books close on those next weekend.
Party Time has collected invitations for more than 700 events this month alone.
Fifty of those events are this coming week, scattered among 15 states and the District of Columbia. (See the calendar for a full list of events.) As always, if you know of any more fundraising events, please send them our way.
Elizabeth Warren, who is battling incumbent Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., in one of the most hotly contested races this year, is hoping that a trivia night against her policy team in Somerville and a concert featuring “The Who” tribute band in Otter River will attract contributors. Meanwhile Scott Brown is raising money in DC lunch with Sen. Rodger Wicker, R-Miss. on Saturday.
Former Sen. George Allen is in a tight race to win back the Virginia Senate he once occupied and is looking for campaign cash with two fundraisers planned for this week. Allen’s Saturday lunch will be followed with a Sunday dinner.
And former House Speaker Newt Gingrich tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch he’ll be in Missouri on Monday to help Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., raise money for his Senate campaign, one that most other GOP leaders have abandoned in the wake of the congressman’s controversial comments about rape victims.
Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., is not up for reelection until 2016, but she is still working hard to raise campaign cash. After a Wednesday dinner event and a Thursday breakfast, there is a weekend event, scheduled from Friday to Sunday at the Omni Mt. Washington Hotel in New Hampshire.
Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., also not up for reelection this year, is asking for money at two DC fundraisers this week. The senator will be having breakfast on Tuesday at Lunch at Johnny’s Half Shell next Thursday.
Rep. Patrick Meehan, R-Pa., is getting some green for his campaign during a golf tournament.
Presidential candidates have been busy competing for donors and voters and the upcoming week is no exception. Aside from the usual big-ticket fundraisers, there are contests to fly with Gov. Mitt Romney, the Republican contender, and fly to dinner with President Barack Obama.
First lady Michelle Obama is hosting three events for the Obama campaign, on the East Coast while the president is fundraising in Milwaukee.
Paul Ryan will be raising money for the Romney campaign in this week in Massachusetts and Texas. And the Republican presidential candidate himself is due in Washington Thursday for a dinner that will cost guests $50,000 to attend.Tweet
Mitt Romney’s now infamous diss of the 47 percent took place May 17 on his second fundraiser of the day in the plush precincts of Boca Raton, Fla. Party Time has unearthed the invite for the first. It shows that Marc Leder, the host of the more intimate evening event where Romney made what he’s now characterizing as “off-the-cuff” remarks, was also one of the sponsors of an earlier party at a local country club.
According to local press accounts, the second event was at the swank Florida home of the financier, who reportedly once hosted a bash at another one of his beachfront properties not fit for Mormon company. About 150 people are said to have attended the Leder’s more buttoned-down event for Romney. Were you one of them? Still hanging onto the invite as a souvenir? Be a good Party Timer and hook us up.
Leder, incidentally, is an active donor, data extracted from our Influence Explorer reveals, and a bipartisan one, though Romney appears to be his current fave. Party Time records show he’s hosted other bashes for the Republican presidential hopeful this cycle.
What prompted Romney to make such impolitic remarks? Possibly too much time with the one percent? Party Time records show Romney at another Florida country club the day before for a fundraiser and at a Jacksonville yacht club the morning of his Boca events. Or maybe he was lonesome. On the evening Romney shared his views of President Obama’s supporters with a few of his friends in Boca, Party Time has the Republican candidate’s wife, Ann, at another fundraiser in Austin, Texas.
Of course, this isn’t the first time that a candidate has been embarrassed by comments made to a roomful of people who paid to be in his presence, as Obama himself could no doubt console Romney.Tweet
As fall weather descends on the nation’s capital, politicians are heating up their fundraising efforts. This week, we’ve got close to 100 events on the Party Time calendar (we’re still counting) — and that’s just for congressional candidates! We’ve uploaded nearly 40 events for GOP candidates and are still working on the Democrats, so come back soon for updates! And you can always check our calendar, which will be updated as fast as our fingers can enter the data.
Republicans Rev It Up
Republicans kick off the week Monday with a Garden Brunch benefitting the National Republican Senatorial Committee in Oakland, Calif. The fundraiser will feature special guest Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., and cost between $500 and $1,500. The same day, former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson will make an appearance at the Social Reform Kitchen & Bar — a new casual addition to Washington’s Caucus Room restaurant — for a Financial Services Sector Luncheon, where he will ask guests to contribute between $1,000 and $5,000 to his Senate campaign. On Tuesday, Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, will attend a fundraising lunch in D.C. at noon, and a little bit later Saxby Chambliss and the Republican Majority Fund will hold a fall dinner and reception at Ruth’s Chris Steak House.
On Wednesday, Republican candidates really step up their game, with 17 events held by 14 politicians. Rep. Rick Berg, R-N.D., and former (and, he hopes, future) Sen. George Allen , R-Va., are each booked for two fundraisers for their respective Senate campaigns. Allen begins with a fundraising luncheon accompanied by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and then ends the night with an evening reception and dinner, flanked by Sens. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, and Richard Burr, R-N.C. Each event will cost between $1,000 and $2,500 for entry. Hatch will also make an appearance at a fundraising reception for Berg, who has back to back fundraisers at the Aqua Al 2, each costing between $1,000 and $5,000. Hatch won’t go hungry: In addition showing up for Allen and Berg, the veteran has a breakfast event for his own campaign at Capitol Hill’s The Monocle. Guests will be asked to contribute between $1,000 and $5,000.
Thursday is an even bigger day for Republicans, with more than 20 events. Highlights of the day’s events include the Second Annual Run the National Mall with Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., and the Breakfast with Rep. Connie Mack, R-Fla. Mack’s event will be flooded with Republicans he hopes to join in the Senate, including McConnell, and Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Dean Heller of Nevada, and John Barrasso of Wyoming. West’s guests will be asked to contribute between $250 and $2,500; Mack’sbetween $1,000 and $2,000.
Other Republicans holding fundraisers on Wednesday and Thursday include Sens. Heller, Barrasso, Crapo, Brown, Jerry Moran, R-Kan., Jim DeMint, R-S.C., Richard Shelby, R-Ala., Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Reps. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., and Bill Huizenga, R-Mich.
On Friday Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., will be attending a breakfast event at the Capitol Hill Club, where guests can pay from $125 up to $2,500 for the event. Saturday marks Rep. Andy Harris’s First Congressional District Bull Roast in Queenstown, Md., which asks modest contributions from guests, starting at $35. Closing out the weekend for the Republicans is the Fourth Annual Dove Hunt for John Cornyn’s Alamo PAC. The event takes place in Hondo, TX and will cost between $1,000 and $3,500.
Rep. Bill Foster, D-Calif., packs in four events early in the week, with fundraisers set for Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, all in California. F. On Monday and Tuesday, Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., is scheduled to accompany him. Foster is asking to bring in between $250 and $2,500 from guests at each reception.
Wednesday and Thursday are big days for Democratic fundraising. On Wednesday, Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md., will attend a lunch reception at Art and Soul Restaurant, where she’ll ask supporters to contribute between $250 and $1,000 to her campaign. Dinnertime on Wednesday finds a slew of Democratic candidates at fundraisers, including Reps. George Miller, D-Calif., Jim Costa, D-Calif., Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., Jim Himes, D-Conn., and Alcee Hastings, D-Fla.
On Thursday the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will host a number of breakfast receptions for Democrats at political hotspot Johnny’s Halfshell. Among the events is a breakfast reception for Rep. Bill Keating, D-Mass., with special guest Steny Hoyer, the House Minority Whip. Hoyer will also make an appearance at a luncheon fundraiser for Rep. Tim Bishop, D-N.Y., on Thursday; both events will look to bring in campaign contributions of $1,000 and up from guests.
On Saturday an event featuring the Who Tribute Band will be held at the Red Onion in Massachusetts to benefit Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic candidate in the Bay State’s Senate race. Attendance for the event is contigent upon moderate campaign contributions starting at $10.
Brad Sherman will cap off the week with a Sunday brunch in Granada Hills, Calif. Held at the personal residence of George Balfour, an orthopedic surgeon and active campaign contributor, the event will ask between $50 and $1,000 from guests.Tweet
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