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Uncategorized • POSTED - 04.20.15 BY Palmer Gibbs

PT Round-up: Jeb Bush has five fundraisers, baseball brings out the bucks, politicians party during JazzFest, and Republican presidential hopefuls head to Iowa

Spring is in the air, party people, and D.C. is starting to blossom and bloom. The trees are green, birds are chirping and parks are buzzing with people excited to shed those winter coats. And wouldn’t you know it? Politicians are coming out of the woodwork, too, throwing parties left and right.

Our social calendar this week shows plenty of activity, but what are we missing? Do you know of a fundraiser in the works? Share with your friends at Party Time! You can email us whatever you’ve got, or upload invitations with our easy and confidential tool right here.

Now let’s take a look at your week in political parties!

– Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is a money magnate! Our records show the Republican has headlined 47 parties for his Right to Rise groups since he announced the PACs’ formation in January. And the presumptive presidential candidate continues to collect the cash this week with five more events. He’s got a roundtable and reception in Seattle on Monday, then a reception and dinner in Portland, Ore., on Tuesday. On Sunday, Bush heads home to Florida for a two-day retreat with his top fundraisers.

– Two lawmakers combine their favorite pastime (partying for dollars!) with America’s favorite pastime (baseball!) this week. Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., takes his favorite donors out to the ball game Tuesday evening, and Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Colo., follows suit on Wednesday at Nats Stadium.

– If you are in a jazzy and generous mood, consider heading down to New Orleans on Friday, where politicians will be partying during JazzFest. Hold the Center PAC (which is the new name of former Sen. Mary Landrieu’s, D-La., leadership PAC) is throwing a three-day shindig with Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., as the special guest. And Rep. Cedric Richmond – a Democrat who represents Louisiana’s 2nd District, which encompasses New Orleans – will have his own long weekend get-together.

– Iowans should plan for yet another invasion of presidential wannabes this weekend when a bunch of Republicans head to the Hawkeye State for the Faith and Freedom Coalition event. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum are all slated to speak on Saturday. (Walker is making the most of his trip – on Friday night, he’s going to headline a fundraiser for a handful of local Republican parties.)

Those are your highlights, party people! What have we missed, and what have you heard about? Let us know!

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Uncategorized • POSTED - 04.13.15 BY Palmer Gibbs

PT Round-up: Republicans descend on New Hampshire, Rep. Barbara Comstock has a D.C breakfast, Illinois Senate race features dueling fundraisers, Rep. Joe Kennedy bowls for dollars, plus a long weekend in California

They’re baaaaaaack!

Party people, the congressional spring break has come to a close, and perhaps the best indicator is the uptick in political partying in our nation’s capital. That’s right – the politicians are back from their home districts, and that means it’s time to hunt for some dollars in the District.

Our social calendar is popping with Washington events, but we are sure there are more parties happening out there. What have you heard about? Share with your friends at Party Time! You can email us, or upload invites using our easy (and confidential) tool right here.

Now let’s take a quick look at this week’s parties!

– In the latest installment of where-in-the-world-are-Republican-presidential-hopefuls, Party Time brings news of the New Hampshire GOP’s First in the Nation Republican Leadership Summit. For two jam-packed days, politicians, media and activists will descend on Nashua to hear from Republican movers and shakers. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, New Hampshire Rep. Frank Guinta, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Donald Trump, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham are all slated to speak at the sold-out event.

– Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va., has been in office for a few months, but she’s already logged a good amount of time on the fundraiser trail. At the end of March, she trekked to Manhattan for a party hosted by hedge fund billionaire Paul Singer. But on Tuesday, she’s got a shorter jaunt – she just has to walk across the street from her office for a breakfast at the Capitol Hill Club. Fellow Virginia Republican Rep. Bob Goodlatte is listed as the event’s special guest.

– The fight for an Illinois Senate seat hits the moneyed streets of D.C. on Wednesday, when Sen. Mark Kirk and Rep. Tammy Duckworth have dueling fundraisers. A few weeks ago, Duckworth – an Illinois Democrat serving her second term in the House – announced she would challenge Kirk, a Republican who is in his first term in the Senate. Duckworth will have her spring reception Wednesday evening at the Democrats’ Capitol Hill townhouse, while Kirk will party at a private home just a few blocks away.

– Rep. Joe Kennedy gets right back into the swing of things with back-to-back political parties on Wednesday and Thursday. Wednesday evening, the Massachusetts Democrat bowls for dollars at Lucky Strike in Chinatown, where you’ll have to spend a lot more than the going rate for shoe and lane rental: Tickets for 90 minutes of bowling go for $1,000 to $2,500. Bright and early Thursday morning, Kennedy will breakfast at the downtown lobbying offices of Cassidy & Associates.

– One member of Congress can’t quite seem to say goodbye to spring break just yet. Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif., will take a long weekend at the super swanky St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort in sunny SoCal for her annual golf and spa retreat. It’s $1,500 per person, $2,500 for a pair, and PACs have to chip in $4,000.

And that’s a wrap on your week in political fundraisers! What have we missed and what have you heard about? Let us know!

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2016 elections 2016 presidential • POSTED - 04.08.15 BY Palmer Gibbs

Rand Paul Is Running: Where has the newest official candidate for president been fundraising all these years?

Sen. Rand Paul’s announcement on Tuesday that he is running for president – officially – surprised few political watchers who have been tracking his every move and muttering since he first burst onto the national scene during the Tea Party wave of 2010. Just two weeks after the 2012 election, the Kentucky Republican told ABC News he was “interested” in running for higher office.

Since that interview, Paul has checked just about all of the requisite boxes for someone looking at a White House run. New book set to publish in summer 2015? Check. Call out another first-term senator (and likely presidential contender) on Twitter? Check. Pop in at parties in key early voting states? Check and check.

There are many paths to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, but for Paul, that path cuts straight through Ames and Nashua – and is littered with the crumpled up cocktail napkins from political fundraisers.

Data from Party Time’s collection of fundraiser invitations show that Paul has headlined 75 fundraisers for other politicians and candidates since September 2011. Of that number, nine have been in Iowa and another nine have been in New Hampshire.

As a point of reference, in the same amount of time, President Barack Obama has headlined 107 fundraisers for other candidates and the Democratic Party committees, according to PT data. But disclosure about fundraiser events isn’t mandated, meaning that all of those numbers are lowball counts of how much partying is actually going on. (If you have a fundraiser invite to share, please do! You can send whatever you’ve got right here.)

Last summer, Paul took two multistop tours of the Hawkeye State: one in June and another in August, when he glad-handed donors for Iowa Rep. Steve King, the Cerro Gordo County Republicans and Iowa’s 2nd District House candidate Mariannette Miller-Meeks. And Paul was back in October for a BBQ fundraiser for Iowa State Rep. Bobby Kaufmann, whose father, Jeff, was a state representative before becoming the head of the Republican Party of Iowa.

This February, Paul headlined a meet and greet for Iowa Rep. Rod Blum, a first-year member of Congress who has also benefited from fundraiser appearances by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, two other likely presidential candidates.

While in New Hampshire, Paul partied primarily for the state GOP, and headlined one event for Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, a conservative nonprofit group that ran ads before last year’s midterms connecting Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., to the Affordable Care Act.

As for parties for himself, Party Time data show that Paul has thrown 26 get-togethers to benefit his own campaign coffers. Of that tally, more than half have taken place in Washington, D.C., including places like PT hotspot Johnny’s Half Shell, at the offices of lobbying shop BGR Group and at the downtown offices of law firm Covington & Burling.

In July 2013, Paul had a beer, bourbon and BBQ fundraiser at the Capitol Hill offices of Altria, the parent company of three major tobacco companies, including Philip Morris. Campaign finance lawyer Dan Backer, healthcare lobbyist Doyce Boesch and longtime Hill staffer to Kentucky Republicans (and now lobbyist) Jon Deuser were among the event hosts.

A few months earlier, Paul had a fundraiser at Google’s D.C. offices, where the tech giant’s PAC as well as Akin Gump’s PAC hosted a four-figure dinner.

Campaign fundraisers in the nation’s capital are commonplace to be sure, but Paul’s seeming preference for the D.C. party circuit runs counter to his message of running as a Washington outsider. Indeed, his new Rand Paul for President website has the slogan “Stand with Rand / Defeat the Washington Machine” – above a running ticker counting how much money he has raised since declaring his candidacy.

Tuesday morning’s announcement is the latest in a long line of similar steps taken by Paul and his father, former Texas Rep. Ron Paul, who served in the House off and on for 22 years and ran for president three times (as a Libertarian in 1988 and as a Republican in 2008 and 2012). Both were born in Pittsburgh, but went on to represent southern states in Congress. Both attended Duke University School of Medicine, and left their private practices for government service. And both have studied Austrian economists, hinging their political prospects on fiscal conservatism.

But the similarities stop right about there. The younger Paul – an ophthalmologist with his own practice for years in Bowling Green, Ky. – is cut from the same libertarian cloth as his father, but has distanced himself from some of Ron Paul’s more extreme viewpoints. Rand Paul’s highly produced announcement and slick presidential website (complete with an online store brimming with gems like a Rand Paul autographed Constitution going for $1,000 and a $20 “Don’t Drone Me, Bro!” shirt) contrasts sharply with Ron Paul’s announcement for the 2012 race on “Good Morning America.” And questions are already popping up about how much Ron will be involved in Rand’s campaign this cycle.

The first Republican presidential caucus, taking place this January in Iowa, is still nine months off, but intra-party competition already is fierce. On the day of Paul’s announcement, online ads for the presidential campaign of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz – the only other Republican officially running for president – came up during Google searches for Paul.

But it hasn’t always been contentious between the two: The first fundraiser that Paul headlined, according to Party Time data, was a reception and dinner in downtown D.C. for Cruz’s first Senate campaign, all the way back in September 2011.

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Uncategorized • POSTED - 04.06.15 BY Palmer Gibbs

PT Round-up: Sen. Rand Paul fundraises in South Carolina, Sen. Rick Santorum and Gov. Rick Perry party in Iowa, and a couple of weekend getaways keep spring break going

It’s week two of the congressional spring break, and PT’s schedule of fundraiser events continues to lean on outside-of-D.C. hotspots like South Carolina, Boston, Iowa and Manhattan. It’s hard work, traveling for campaign cash, but somebody’s got to do it!

We’ve got a decent batch of goodies on this week’s social calendar, but we are confident there are plenty more shindigs happening out there. What have you heard about, party people? Let us know! Share official invites using our simple (and confidential) upload feature, or you can email us.

Now let’s dive into your week in political partying!

– Sen. Rand Paul continues to take advantage of the break away from Capitol Hill by hitting up some non-D.C. donors. Last week, he hobnobbed in Florida, and come Wednesday, the Kentucky Republican will have a dinner in South Carolina (early primary state alert!). The meal, at the Country Club of Charleston, will be hosted by Fox News contributor and conservative author Mallory Factor and his wife, Elizabeth, and Dr. Marcelo Hochman, a plastic surgery doctor, and his wife, Shelley.

– As the host of the first caucuses on the presidential primary calendar, Iowa is always a hot spot of political activity for people with their eyes on the White House. With a wide-open field of Republican contenders this year, the state is particularly flush with GOPers – and this week is no different. On Wednesday, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum will speak in West Des Moines to Dallas County Republicans. A few hours’ drive away, in Council Bluffs, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry will chat up donors at a fundraiser for Iowa Rep. David Young, who has been, as we’ve noted, cashing in on his Hawkeye home state connection.

– Rep. Jerrold Nadler’s 10th District snakes along the western side of Manhattan, from the Upper West Side to Greenwich Village to the Financial District. With neighborhoods like that, we can only imagine some of the parties! On Monday, the New York Democrat hunkers down for a reception at the Trump Towers home of financial industry gurus (and big-time Dem donors) Mitch Draizin and Philippe Brugere-Trelat.

– A handful of politicians aim to keep the spring break party train going with weekend getaways. Rep. Danny Davis, D-Ill., throws his Taste of Chicago Weekend, while Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., will have a three-day get-together in New Orleans to benefit her leadership PAC, Democrats Win Seats.

And that’s your roundup of fundraisers this week! What have we missed, and what have you heard about? Let us know!

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Uncategorized • POSTED - 03.30.15 BY Palmer Gibbs

PT Round-up: Jeb Bush, Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Rand Paul hit the road to headline fundraisers; Republican heavy-hitter Paul Singer hosts party for Winning Women

As members of Congress head home for an enviable two-week break – just as spring kicks into gear, no less! – the fundraisers that usually clog the streets surrounding Capitol Hill hit the road, too. Although Party Time has learned to never say never, our social calendar (so far) has nary a D.C. event in the next two weeks.

Party people, we could use your help as we keep track of what politicos are up to while in their home districts. Is your representative a fundraising fiend while back among his constituents? Does your senator party hard with supporters at her favorite local hangout? We want to know! Upload fundraiser invites with our handy (and confidential) tool right here, or you can email us whatever you’ve got.

Turning our focus to this week’s out-and-about political parties, PT notices the continuing trend of potential 2016ers hitting the money trail hard. The Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary may be 10 months off, but there’s plenty of cash to be collected in the meantime. After all, as the Republican National Committee’s new chief of staff said recently: “If you can get people to give money, that’s a much bigger get than getting people to vote for you.” Ah, democracy.

Jeb Bush continues his fundraising tear/tour across the country with three stops in California this week. The former Florida governor and likely presidential candidate hits up well-heeled SoCal donors, first in picture perfect Newport Beach on Monday and then in fancy pants Bel Air. Maria and Robert Tuttle, longtime supporters of the Bush family (Robert gave big bucks to President George W. Bush’s campaign and was the U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom during his second term), will host Tuesday’s fundraiser for the Right to Rise super PAC at their L.A. home, with tickets going for $25,000 to $100,000. On Thursday, Jeb Bush heads to the Bay Area for another super PAC fundraiser, this one hosted by school choice activists Bill and Susan Oberndorf and financial guru Jay Kern and his wife, Katie.

– It’s been one week since Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, made official his run for the White House, and Party Time already counts three fundraisers for the presidential candidate (in fact, on the same day he announced his campaign, Cruz partied in Manhattan). On Tuesday evening, Cruz and his wife, Heidi, will hobnob with their fellow Houstonians at Goode’s Armadillo Palace, a BBQ joint meets music venue.

– Yet another potential presidential candidate graces PT’s calendar this week. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., will have a dinner on Monday night in Florida for his joint fundraising committee. Tickets start at $250 and go up to $2,700 per plate.

– In a reminder that not all partying is presidential partying, five Republican members of Congress will get an assist from GOP sugar daddy Paul Singer. Tuesday’s lunch in New York will benefit Winning Women, a joint fundraising committee Singer set up in 2014 to help out specific House and Senate candidates. Funds raised at this week’s event go toward the campaigns of New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, New York Rep. Elise Stefanik, Arizona Rep. Martha McSally and Virginia Rep. Barbara Comstock.

And that’s a wrap on your week in political parties, friends! What have we missed and what have you heard about? Let us know!

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Uncategorized • POSTED - 03.23.15 BY Palmer Gibbs

PT Round-up: Gov. Chris Christie and former Sen. Rick Santorum hit the road for cash, Sen. Tammy Baldwin fundraises in D.C. and lobbyists who represent lobbyists hang out with Sen. Tim Scott

With spring’s arrival on Capitol Hill, politicians are likely hoping that the warmer weather will inspire some cheer and generosity. So, party people, ready those checkbooks because we’ve got another busy week of fundraising fun.

As you look at this week’s social calendar, notice anything we are missing? If so, you know what to do! You can share invites right here with our handy (and confidential) upload feature, or you can email us the goods. We will take it all, from federal-level candidates all the way down to local races.

And now, let’s look at your week in political parties!

– Two Republicans with their eyes on the White House in 2016 will travel out of their home states to headline fundraisers for county parties. On Friday evening, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivers the keynote address at a Lincoln Dinner in Michigan. And on Saturday, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum travels to Tennessee for a Lincoln Reagan Dinner for the Montgomery County Republicans.

– As our faithful readers well know, over here at Party Time we love kooky, outlandish and/or themed fundraisers whenever we come across them. But sometimes, you’ve got to salute the traditional party animals of this town, too. On Wednesday, Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., throws a breakfast fundraiser at PT hotspot Johnny’s Half Shell. What a classic D.C. party!

– Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin hits up D.C.-based donors on Tuesday evening with a dinner at the Georgetown home of Bill and Cindi Broydrick, who co-run Broydrick & Associates, a lobbying firm with offices in D.C. and Milwaukee.

– Lobbyists who advocate for lobbyists will throw an afternoon roundtable event on Thursday, and yes, that is a real – and true! – statement. The Association of Government Relations Professionals hosts an event with Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., at the group’s D.C. area offices. Tickets are $60 for association members, and $99 for nonmembers.

Those are your highlights, party people. Let us know what you’ve heard about!

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2016 presidential • POSTED - 03.18.15 BY Peter Olsen-Phillips

With 2016 elections in sight, it’s not a bad time to be a pol in Iowa

Fresh off the 2014 campaign trail, first-term Iowa Rep. David Young, R, has already dived headfirst into the money chase. And his seat in a state with the earliest of early presidential nomination contests guarantees visits from plenty of party leaders.

On April 8, Republican presidential prospect and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry will trek to Council Bluffs, Iowa, population 61,000, to join Young at a pizza parlor funder benefitting the freshman congressman.

Tickets for the general public start at just $25, but admission to a special “Private Sponsor Event” runs from $250 to $1,000.

Four-figure fundraising dinners are generally confined to eateries within walking distance of Capitol Hill, or a handful of other posh restaurants scattered around Washington, but the pull of a potential presidential nominee can be a powerful incentive for opening wallets.

It’s not the first such occasion for Young.

The announcement of the Council Bluffs get-together comes just days after a local fête with another former governor and 2016 hopeful. On March 6, Jeb Bush attended a $1,000-and-up party in Urbandale benefitting Young’s campaign.

Though we are more than 300 days out from the Iowa caucuses, GOP frontrunners are already busy jet-setting from one early voting state to the next, glad handing congressmen and helping out local politicians.

A glance through Perry’s twitter feed shows the Texan recently made pitstops in both New Hampshire and Florida in recent weeks.

The fundraising in those early states has already begun to pick up. Party Time’s records show 18 Iowa fundraisers already on the books in 2015, including visits from other potential 2016 contenders like Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis., and dark horse candidate Donald Trump.

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Uncategorized • POSTED - 03.16.15 BY Palmer Gibbs

PT Round-up: St. Patrick’s Day-themed fundraisers, Jeb Bush keeps partying hard, Rep. Debbie Dingell has a money breakfast and Martin O’Malley goes to Iowa

Hello party people! Your friends at Party Time are on the fundraising trail this week, doing our best to sniff out all the politicians on the hunt for some sweet campaign cash. And wouldn’t you know it – it’s yet another busy week!

Although PT’s social calendar is bursting at the seams, we just know there are more par-tays happening out there. What have we missed and what have you heard about? You can upload invites right here, or email us whatever you’ve got. No matter what, we keep our sources 100 percent confidential, meaning you can feel comfortable sharing.

Now let’s take a quick tour of your week in political parties!

– A couple of politicians are hoping to collect some greenbacks this week by cashing in on the ultimate green-themed holiday: St. Patrick’s Day! Sheriff Dave Mahoney, who works in Dane County in Wisconsin, will throw his annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration in Madison on Monday evening. It’s $50 to get in the door, but sponsorships climb to $500 a pop. On Tuesday, Rep. Gerry Connolly has his annual St. Patrick’s Day Fete, which the Virginia Democrat has been throwing since 1995.

Jeb Bush keeps collecting those frequent flier miles! After touching down in New Hampshire at the end of last week for not one, not two, but three fundraiser appearances, the former Florida governor and likely presidential candidate will head to South Carolina on Tuesday to headline a fundraiser for that state’s House Republican Caucus. Then it’s off to the drool-worthy Waldorf Astoria in Boca Raton for a weekend-long spring retreat with the Republican Party’s major donors. Meanwhile, Bush’s son, Jeb Bush Jr., is the special guest at a Miami Beach fundraiser on Thursday evening for the Right to Rise super PAC.

Rep. Debbie Dingell may be new to Congress, but she’s no stranger to the ways of Washington. In November, the one-time lobbyist and General Motors exec took over the seat long held by her husband, former Rep. John Dingell. But on Thursday morning, Debbie Dingell proves she already knows the name of the game – money! The freshman member will have a breakfast fundraiser for her reelection campaign just two months after getting sworn in.

– As questions about Hillary Clinton’s emails and foundation fundraising continue to dog the presumptive presidential candidate, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley continues to position himself as an alternative for Democrats who aren’t, ahem, ready for Hillary. After two stops in New Hampshire a few weeks ago, O’Malley travels to Iowa to headline fundraisers on Friday and Saturday for county Dems.

And that’s a wrap on your week in political parties! If you know of anything we’ve missed, send it right here.

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Uncategorized • POSTED - 03.09.15 BY Palmer Gibbs

PT Round-up: Ed Gillespie throws a debt retirement party, Jeb Bush keeps fundraising like crazy, Gov. Scott Walker and Sen. Ted Cruz head to New Hampshire and a Wisconsin judge parties hard

Hey, party people, hey! As just about everyone on the East Coast keeps their fingers crossed for an end to winter weather, one New Yorker is practically betting on temperatures thawing out the snowy doldrums. Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin throws his annual spring reception Thursday night at beer distributor Clare Rose’s East Yaphank headquarters. It’s a minimum of $125 to get in the door, but event organizers suggest writing that check for $250 – or $2,600 to be a co-host. Our only question: How much beer does that get you?

Party Time has our eye on yet another busy week of political fundraising, but we know there’s more going on out there. What have you heard about, friends? Upload invites right here, or you can email us whatever you’ve got.

Let’s take a quick look at some of this week’s highlights!

– Mo money mo problems! Ed Gillespie, the Republican National Committee chair turned lobbyist turned Senate candidate, will have a debt retirement party on Monday night at a downtown D.C. lobbying shop. Longtime PT friend Dave Levinthal over at Center for Public Integrity alerted us to the fundraiser, and his article noted that Gillespie’s campaign account – after an unsuccessful run to unseat Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va. – is almost $1 million in the red. According to the invite, a fistful of lobbyists will host the event, while Republican Sens. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Cory Gardner of Colorado and Rob Portman of Ohio are listed as special guests.

– Jeb Bush continues his fundraising tear this week, starting with an event on Monday for his Right to Rise super PAC. Mike Fernandez, the billionaire head of a healthcare-focused private equity firm, will host the party at his Coral Gables mansion. But keep those million-dollar checks in your pockets – Bush asked donors to hold off on giving such hefty sums for fear of appearing beholden to certain contributors. Tickets start at $10,000 but cap out at a mere $100,000. On Friday, Bush heads to New Hampshire (!) for a meet and greet event for his PAC, and then is the special guest at a party for Rep. Frank Guinta, R-N.H.

– Speaking of New Hampshire, two other potential presidential candidates make stops in the important early voting state this weekend. On Saturday, Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis., rallies with Granite State activists at the state party’s 2016 kickoff grassroots training. And on Sunday night, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz headlines the Lincoln-Reagan Dinner for Grafton County Republicans. That’s a lot of New Hampshire hobnobbing!

– On the heels of a segment about judicial elections on “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” a Wisconsin judge with his eye on the Supreme Court is going big for campaign cash with three fundraisers this week. James Daley holds back-to-back cocktail parties on Tuesday and Wednesday, followed by a roundtable discussion (with Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., as the special guest) on Friday in Milwaukee.

And that’s your week in political parties! What have we missed and what have you heard about? Let us know!

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Uncategorized • POSTED - 03.05.15 BY Palmer Gibbs

Republican presidential hopefuls Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina, Rick Perry, Scott Walker, etc. to headline fundraisers in Iowa, New Hampshire

Republicans have been grabbing most of the headlines in the past week, what with the conservative lovefest at CPAC, the Club for Growth’s winter meeting and the California Republican Party’s convention all happening within a few days of each other.

A quick look at this week’s social calendar reveals a similar trend, with the Iowa Agriculture Summit – a buzzy see-and-be-seen event hosted by big-time Republican donor Bruce Rastetter – capping out the week on Saturday in Des Moines. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker are among the confirmed speakers.

And, to make sure they squeeze as much as possible out of a trip to the always-important Hawkeye State, some of those speakers will also rally the troops for down-ballot GOP candidates. Bush will headline a reception for Iowa Rep. David Young on Friday night, while Walker will attend a fundraiser for Iowa Rep. Rod Blum on Saturday evening.

Bush’s Iowa trip – his first since announcing he would “actively explore the possibility of running for president” – wraps up another busy week of partying hard for campaign cash. On Tuesday, he was in Arizona for a fundraiser for his Right to Rise super PAC hosted by former Vice President Dan Quayle. On Monday, Bush joined Rubio and Florida Gov. Rick Scott for a fundraiser in Tallahassee for their state’s Republican Party.

As for another former governor, Perry’s jaunt to the Ag Summit is the latest in a string of moneymaking appearances in early-voting states. Party Time records show the bespectacled Texan has had repeat performances in Iowa and New Hampshire. But on Monday, he was in the Empire State, providing some star power during a luncheon in upstate New York, where tickets went for $1,000 for a half-hour VIP reception and photo.

Christie is keeping himself in the mix, too. Before his weekend trip to Iowa, the New Jersey governor goes to the Sunshine State on Friday to deliver the keynote at the Lincoln Day Dinner for Palm Beach County. This seems to continue a trend of visits to states with warmer weather; Christie headlined the California Republican Party’s Spring Convention in Sacramento last weekend.

While this batch of bold-named Republican gents rally supporters in Iowa, former Hewlett-Packard CEO and one-time California Senate candidate Carly Fiorina – who seems to have her eye on the White House – will be staking out some territory of her own in New Hampshire.

Early Saturday morning, Fiorina headlines a breakfast at the Keene Country Club, and that afternoon, she will speak at a New Hampshire Young Republican event. The group is giving its annual Gipper Award to former State Rep. (and 2014 House candidate) Marilinda Garcia and former State Rep. Shaun Doherty.

That’s what Party Time has on the books for a busy week for Republicans politicians – and Republican donors! If you know of something we’ve missed, send it right here.

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