There’s still more than 10 major GOP candidates left running for president; that must be music to the ears of the Democratic 2016 contenders. But they also make their own! One can serenade you with timeless ballads, one enjoys being sung to by a different voice and another enjoys the 1960’s garage-rock revival endorsement.
Hillary Clinton travels so much you’d think her pantsuits enable time travel. Frequently touring multiple states a day, the Democratic frontrunner racks up the most miles by far. While she leads the congressional endorsement race, HRC fares well in celebrity endorsements too. With a little help from her friends, (Christina Aguilera, Michelle Kwan and Katy Perry) she boasts the most star-studded entourage in the field. Clinton recently celebrated her 68th birthday in style with her husband, Bill Clinton.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., the only candidate without a super PAC, prefers big turnouts to big donors. While his grassroots support is historic, Bernie “Larry David” Sanders was centerstage at Oklahoma City’s Blue Door arena. For only $20, patrons could Feel The Bern and almost a dozen musical acts.
Martin O’Malley plays a mean guitar, and he may have sang a few Irish hymns at The Dubliner this week. O’Malley is courting younger voters by offering student admission for just $20. The former Maryland governor also hosted a Civic Innovation Pitch Contest where students could enter for just $25.
For an update on the GOP field, check out our previous post here.
As the 2016 campaign continues, we’ll strive to build the most comprehensive database for the presidential fundraising circuit. Please share any invitations you find by anonymously uploading or emailing them to us here.
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As candidates ride their respective waves from last week’s CNBC GOP debate, Political Party Time is keeping track of the money flowing into their campaign coffers. Thanks to some shoe leather and some good sources, the Party Time team obtained a trove of fundraisers for some of the top GOP presidential candidates.
Next week, Marco Rubio will travel to Wisconsin for a luncheon (at one of his favorite Milwaukee restaurants, the Milwaukee Athletic Club), then to his home state of Florida for a star-studded reception. For the latter, you can enter the “Leadership Circle” for a cool $27,000.
Jeb Bush has been racking up frequent flyer miles as well, traveling across the country for various soirees. He recently spoke in the District alongside his brother, former President George W. Bush, and celebrated a family affair in Houston with his parents, former President George H.W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush). After a reception in Philadelphia, Jeb will travel down south to Memphis, Atlanta and the Lone Star state for fundraising events.
In December, Jeb will head to rival Chris Christie’s home turf, the Jersey Shore, for a fundraiser alongside N.J. state Sen. Joe Kyrillos, R. But the special guest for the evening? None other than Woody Johnson, owner of the vaunted New York Jets. Johnson isn’t new to the partying world either — over the past few years, he’s donated thousands to GOP causes and hosted several fundraisers for the likes of Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and the RNC.
Also unearthed in this trove was an abundance of fundraisers for Ben Carson. His events, while located across the country, are low-key, featuring breakfasts, intimate receptions and courting plenty of country clubs.
As the 2016 campaign rolls on, we’ll strive to build the most comprehensive calendar of the presidential fundraising circuit. Please share any invitations you find by anonymously uploading or emailing them to us here.
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Political Party Time just got our hands on a stash of 36 summer fundraisers for former Gov. Jeb Bush, making it the most comprehensive, public place to research how his campaign is soliciting donations from wealthy donors. The events, criss-crossing the country from Lake Tahoe to Nantucket to Beverly Hills, document how the Bush campaign is ramping up fundraising as the 2016 elections approach.
The special events include breakfast, coffee, lunch, brunch, cocktail and evening receptions with the candidate, where attendance costs range from giving $75 to raising $54,000. Among the dozens of events are a few that monetize access to his wife, Columba, and son, Jeb Bush Jr. They include an event billed as an “Off the Clock” Happy Hour with Jeb Bush Jr. and a reception with Columba Bush at the private residence of Frank Mermoud and Ned Shannon in northwest Washington D.C.
Presidential campaigns are increasing their fundraising as they cater events to high-level donors to max out contributions and bundle money from their wealthy networks. These special events, not shared with the general public until now, show how large checks grant intimate access to Jeb Bush. The perks for an event on August 20 include enjoying “a sunset cocktail reception with Jeb in Nantucket” for $2,700 — and if you raise $27,000, you get a photo reception and an “Exclusive conference call with Jeb and the Nantucket Co-Chair Committee.”
Other perks for big donors include membership in regional campaign committees such as this Austin event, where those who raise $15,000 get to join the “Texas Leadership Committee” and those who raise $54,000 for this Sea Ranch Lakes event get to join the “Florida Leadership Committee.” Other perks include preferred seating or recognition at the events, as this Virginia Beach fundraiser touts.
Many events include a photo opportunity with Jeb Bush, but in this East Hampton fundraiser with Jeb Bush Jr., the top tier of donors get a “Photo Opportunity with Suzanne & Woody Johnson,” who are hosting the event. Woody Johnson serves as Bush’s National Finance Chairman and owns the New York Jets.
Eight of the newly uncovered events include tickets to Jeb’s “Policy Speech on Tuesday, August 11th at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, CA” where he criticized the Obama administration’s handling of Iraq and terrorism. The perk of tickets to that event was only offered to the highest tiers of bundlers/donors at each fundraiser, often with requirements to raise at least $27,000.
These newly exposed fundraisers also reveal how the Bush campaign changes their messaging when communicating with big donors rather than the general public. When Jeb Bush announced his presidential run, he included a video of a graffiti artist unveiling the campaign’s slogan, “#AllInForJeb.” His campaign website features the phrase front and center with a sign up form at the bottom saying “#AllInForJeb Sign up to volunteer if you’re All In For Jeb.” However, in invitations to big money fundraisers, the slogan is used for donors who give $2,700, the maximum financial contribution an individual may give to a federal candidate’s committee per election. This messaging can be seen in the “#AllInForJeb Supporter” title for donors who max out in fundraisers such as this Sept. 9 event in Boston, Mass or this Aug. 29 event in Wilmington, N.C.
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Hillary Clinton may be raising more than half a million dollars a day, but in a guide written by her campaign intended for grassroots event hosts the emphasis is on the collection of data about attendees. The document, obtained by the Sunlight Foundation’s Political Party Time and embedded below, tells hosts that sharing the sign-up data of the guests is “the single most important thing you can do for the campaign and for Hillary.”
The “House Party Host Guide” runs through the logistical process, legal hurdles and effective tactics for an event to transform potential voters into active campaign participants and donors. There is extensive sample language for every correspondence and design templates, like the invitation seen above to the right, to ensure grassroots communications match the tone of the general campaign.
The campaign encourages hosts in the guide to “Enter your information in at www.hilllaryclinton.com/data.” That link goes to a form to enter attendees and offers an alternative if that is too burdensome: “Remember, if you don’t want to enter folks 1 by 1, you can email your guest list to firstname.lastname@example.org.”
While the guide does tell hosts, “If it makes sense for your party, feel free to ask for donations,” the downplay of money is markedly different than the dozens of large donor fundraising invitations collected by Political Party Time. An invitation to a series of “Conversations with Hillary” events in early June includes the dollar amount to attend (up to $2,700) and an event on July 2 requires a donation and RSVP to get the address.
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It’s a busy week in Orange County, Calif., where three Republican presidential candidates will be visiting to fundraise for a wide-open primary. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina are making the rounds at the multimillion-dollar homes and swank hotels in the conservative-leaning county.
Walker’s event, to be held tonight at the glitzy Newport Beach Balboa Bay Resort, asks couples for up to $2,500 to attend his VIP reception and $10,000 to be on the host committee. Walker, who has not yet announced his candidacy for president, is fundraising for his newly formed “testing the waters” exploratory committee. He would have full control over the money raised if he announces his candidacy for president, as is widely expected.
Fiorina will attend a reception tomorrow at a home in Laguna Beach worth an estimated $13 million, where her campaign will charge $2,700 per person to attend a private dinner with her, the maximum allowable contribution to a candidate’s committee under federal law.
Rubio’s fundraising schedule includes a dinner in Irvine on June 30, at the home of David and Michelle Horowitz. Guests must donate $2,700 to attend, while a couple must raise an additional $5,400 from other donors to earn a coveted spot on the host committee.
Rubio isn’t the only Republican contender courting the Horowitzes’ political network, however. The prominent Republican donors and private equity fund owners also played host to Fiorina and Walker’s Orange County fundraisers. According to the events’ invitations, a spot on the host committees for those three events could have cost the couple at least $23,500 — in just one week.
Of course, it’s not just Republicans hitting the fundraising circuit this week. Hillary Clinton, the leading Democratic presidential contender, is in St. Louis today for a fundraiser with the Busch brewing family, closed to the public and the media. She has another fundraiser scheduled in Chicago later in the day.Tweet
Here at Political Party Time, we depend on a network of reliable, anonymous sources to keep us (and you!) informed about where and with whom our elected officials are spending their time.
We got a notification about an event — the “Annual Tech, Telecom & Cable Dinner” — featuring Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., that’s being held Thursday. Curiously, the location was redacted, only to be revealed upon RSVP. To attend, one has to put up at least $1,500 to the Friends of Jim Clyburn committee. The suggested contribution for host status is $5,000.
Clyburn has been in Congress since 1993, and is the third-ranking Democrat in the House behind Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md. Normally, this wouldn’t raise many eyebrows — members of Congress throw these events all the time, hosting barbecues, baseball games and even parties at Taylor Swift concerts.
But Clyburn’s daughter, Mignon L. Clyburn, is commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the regulator in charge of the cable and telecom industries. Last August, Comcast and Time Warner Cable withdrew a collective $132,000 they had pledged to sponsor the Walter Kaitz Foundation Dinner, which was to award her with the foundation’s diversity advocate award. At the time, the FCC was reviewing the giant merger of the two companies to determine if it was in the public’s interest.
Comcast’s attempted takeover of Time Warner collapsed in April after it was reported that the Department of Justice was preparing to file an antitrust suit to halt the merger.
Of course, Commissioner Clyburn will still be responsible for regulating the nation’s cable industry — and contributions to her father from the very industry she’s to regulate might have a bearing on those decisions.
When we called Clyburn’s office, we were directed to a discreet Democratic fundraising firm with close ties to his office. It refused to divulge the location of the dinner.Tweet
Politicians continue to crisscross the country for campaign cash this week, and Party Time is the only place with all of the details. We’ve got our finger on the pulse of the who, what, where and when of political fundraising from sea to shining sea.
As you look at what’s cracking on the party circuit this week, what are we missing, dear friends? If you’ve got a fundraiser invite or know of an event in the works, you know what to do: Share with Party Time! Upload invites right here, or you can email us whatever you’ve got.
Quick housekeeping note: Although political partying is the only kind of partying that never truly stops, PT is going to take a bit of a summer break. We will continue to collect invitations – so keep them coming! – but our blog won’t be updated as regularly.
With that out of the way, let’s take a quick look at your week in fundraising!
– Hillary Clinton continues her breakneck pace of fundraising this week with five events in three days. The Democratic presidential candidate starts on Monday in the D.C. suburb of Bethesda with a fundraiser at the home of Susan Ness, the former head of the Federal Communications Commission. On Tuesday, Clinton parties at a $2,700-per-person D.C. funder, and then heads north on Wednesday for a trio of events in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. She glad-hands donors in Boston and in its swanky suburb of Chestnut Hill before traveling to East Greenwich for a fundraiser hosted by long-time Clinton buddies Mark Weiner and Joe Paolino.
– On the heels of Sen. Rand Paul’s almost-filibuster of the PATRIOT Act and news that his presidential committee hasn’t yet snagged a deep-pocketed benefactor, the Kentucky Republican hits the road for a string of fundraiser appearances. On Tuesday evening, Paul delivers the keynote at the Baltimore County Republican Party’s Lincoln/Reagan Dinner, where tickets start at $100. And on Friday, he makes his way west to California, where he will headline the Republican Party of Orange County’s 16th Annual Flag Day Salute. But Paul isn’t just partying for others: On June 7, he had a fundraiser up in Massachusetts for his own campaign coffers.
– Speaking of Sen. Rand Paul and well-heeled donors, many eagle-eyed politicos thought he had the support of tech industry giant Larry Ellison, since the senator headlined a GOP fundraiser last October at the billionaire’s Bay Area home. But this week, Ellison shows he’s got his eye – and checkbook – trained on a different candidate. On Tuesday, Ellison hosts a four-figure fundraiser for presidential hopeful Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.
– Last week, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., announced he is running for president and then quickly threw a fundraiser for that race. Come Wednesday, Graham will have another party, but his one is for his Senate leadership PAC, the Fund for America’s Future. Clearly this guy just loves a good party (and the campaign cash it brings)!
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Welcome to June, party people! As summer heats up the nation’s capital, the party animals who are your elected representatives continue to go big on the campaign cash circuit. This week’s social calendar features shindigs from the Lone Star State to the Empire State.
We’ve got a pretty comprehensive list of goings-on, but what are we missing? If you know of a political fundraiser in the works, or have an invite, please share with your friends at Party Time! You can upload invites right here, or email us the goods.
Let’s take a quick spin around your week in political fundraising!
– Hillary Clinton keeps us on our toes over here at Party Time. The Democrat announced seven weeks ago that she’s running for president, and PT already counts 35 HRC-headlined events for the presidential campaign – that’s about one fundraiser every 36 hours! Clinton keeps up the hectic schedule this week with four very full days of fundraising. She starts in New York on Monday with three parties: a fundraiser at the home of Jay Jacobs, the former head of the New York Democratic Party; a noontime get-together in Manhattan that’s hosted by Silda Wall Spitzer, the ex-wife of former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer; and a $2,700-per-person “Conversations with Hillary” event in Queens. On Wednesday, Clinton hits up donors in the Southwest, first at a breakfast in Albuquerque and then at two stops in Texas. She has breakfast in Austin on Thursday morning, and then makes her way to Greenwich, Conn., on Friday for a high-dollar fundraiser at the home of investment manager Malcolm Wiener and his wife, Carolyn.
– Although Clinton will be partying with Connecticut Dems on Friday, the state’s GOP faithful plan to go big Thursday evening at the Prescott Bush Awards Dinner. The annual confab – named for the Connecticut senator who was former President George H. W. Bush’s father, and therefore grandpa to George W. and Jeb – gives the coveted keynote speaker slot to Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. (FYI, this doesn’t indicate an internal Bush family dispute: Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush spoke at the event last year.)
– Bold-faced Democrats come together at Capitol Hill restaurant Bistro Bis on Wednesday evening to fete former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland. In February, Strickland announced he would challenge Republican Sen. Rob Portman, and since then, the former governor has collected high-profile endorsements from former President Bill Clinton and Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio. In a show of congealed party support for Strickland’s candidacy, Brown, as well as Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, congressman-turned-lobbyist Dick Gephardt, lobbyist Steve Elmendorf and lobbying partners Jeff Forbes and Dan Tate will all be on hand Wednesday.
– It started with a low-budget ad that likened cutting government waste to castrating hogs, meant to set apart Joni Ernst’s fledgling Senate campaign in Iowa. But more than a year after the ad ran, and several months into now-Sen. Ernst’s first term, she can’t seem to shake the hog theme. On Saturday, Ernst throws her first annual Roast and Ride event at the Central Iowa Expo. It’s a motorcycle-ride-meets-pig-roast-meets-fundraiser for the Republican senator’s leadership PAC, the Jobs, Opportunity and New Ideas PAC (JONI PAC – get it?), but it’s also a see-and-be-seen gathering of Republican presidential hopefuls. South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Ben Carson will all be vying for face time at the daylong affair. Make ’em squeal, Joni!
And that’s your busy week of political partying! What have we missed and what have you heard about? Let us know!
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Party people, this long weekend of BBQs and sunshine marks the unofficial start to summer, and politicians are celebrating the seasonal shift with some good, old-fashioned political partying. While us regular Janes and Joes are thrilled to enjoy a Monday holiday, Congress heads home for a full week, which can only mean one thing: lots of non-D.C. shindigs fill up Party Time’s social calendar this week.
As we do our best to keep track of the who, what, when and where of fundraising, if you, dear friends, hear of anything in the works, let us know! Upload official invites right here, or you can email us whatever you’ve got.
Now let’s take a quick spin around your week in fundraisers!
– Gov. Chris Christie thumbs his nose at the ever-increasing field of potential presidential candidates with a pair of fundraisers this week. The New Jersey Republican, who hasn’t yet committed to a White House run, will lunch at the ritzy Metropolitan Club in Manhattan with GOP mega donor Paul Singer on Tuesday afternoon. Come Thursday, the people behind America Leads PAC, the super PAC supporting Christie, will throw a high-dollar fundraiser in the Garden State.
– It’s good to be a Hawkeye State politico! Sen. Chuck Grassley continues to cash in on his status as an Iowa Republican with fundraisers with two presidential hopefuls this week. He parties for his reelection bid on Tuesday with Sen. Marco Rubio in Rubio’s home state of Florida. On Thursday, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., headlines a fundraiser for Grassley in Davenport. A few weeks ago, Grassley partied in Iowa with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and on June 15, Grassley will make his way to New Jersey for a fundraiser that Gov. Chris Christie is slated to headline. And yes, that makes for four potential presidential candidates in four weeks. Whew!
– When it comes to fundraising, Hillary Clinton’s motto seems to be “can’t stop, won’t stop.” Since her mid-April announcement that she’s running for president in 2016, Clinton is on the books for throwing more than 30 fundraisers for her presidential committee, according to PT’s count. This week, she does a two-states-in-two-days swing that takes her through Atlanta and then to Miami on Thursday. She stays in the Sunshine State on Friday with a fundraiser in Parkland and another one at the home of big-time Dem donor John Morgan. Incidentally (or not), Morgan hosted two fundraisers in 2013 for now Gov. Terry McAuliffe, D-Va., a longtime friend and fundraiser for the Clintons.
– The Democratic field of presidential candidates isn’t as crowded as the Republican side, but this weekend, another left-leaning White House hopeful is prepping to throw his hat into the ring. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley looks likely to announce his candidacy Saturday morning in Baltimore, but the day before, he’ll be partying for his presidential committee. It’s all about the money, honey!
And that’s your week in political partying, friends! What have we missed and what have you heard about? Let us know!
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Politicians keep up the cash collecting contest this week, with presidential hopefuls, members of Congress and local politicos hitting the money trail hard. When it comes to political partying, the partying never stops!
We’ve got a good number of fundraisers on this week’s social calendar, but what are we missing? Friends, if you know of a political party in the works, let us know! Upload invites right here, or you can email us whatever you’ve got.
It certainly takes a village to build up the database of fundraiser invites Party Time houses, and we really hope that political watchers continue to use the great gems on the site. In fact, the Wall Street Journal just did a deep dive into Jeb Bush’s fundraiser rolodex, using Party Time data to look at 326 donors who have hosted events for Bush’s Right to Rise PACs. If you are interested in digging into PT’s data and want to talk about the ins and outs of political fundraising, shoot us an email – we’d love to work with you!
With that little plug out of the way, let’s take a quick look at this week in political fundraisers.
– Speaking of Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor who still hasn’t officially announced that he’s running for president continues to party for his PAC. On Monday, Bush will headline a Miami reception with Columba Bush, his publicity-averse wife who is inching her way into a more public role. By PT’s count, this is Columba’s second fundraiser appearance; for her party animal hubby, on the other hand, this marks Jeb’s 70th event so far this year. And, at $25 per person, Monday’s event is – by far – one of the more reasonably priced parties for Bush’s PACs.
– What’s a good birthday present for the woman who has everything? Campaign cash, of course! Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., is having a birthday celebration and dinner Tuesday night in downtown D.C., where a b-day cupcake could set you back as much as $5,000. For that much dough, you could buy 1,667 treats from Georgetown Cupcakes! Either way, we recommend something with sprinkles.
– Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, makes his way to his home state on Tuesday for a reception for his presidential committee. Tickets start at $100, but you’ll have to throw down $1,000 if you want to attend the 30-minute VIP portion of the evening.
– You may think of Wednesday as “hump day,” but over here at PT, we think of it as “party day.” We’ve found that it’s a popular day to party, since most politicians are in D.C. in the middle of the week. It’s no different this week, with Wednesday showing a significant spike in fundraising events:
And with that, party people, we wrap up another busy week in political fundraising! What have we missed and what have you heard about? Let us know!
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