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Uncategorized • POSTED - 05.19.14 BY Palmer Gibbs

PT Round-up: Obama continues fundraising frenzy, Republicans rally for Gov. Susana Martinez, and Jeb Bush parties with Iowa Gov. Branstad

Happy Monday, party people! It’s another busy week on the political fundraiser circuit, with big-ticket shindigs happening across the country. Some non-D.C. highlights? Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., is partying with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Monday at a huge convention center in Greenville. And Kentucky Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes throws a funder in Ohio with Democratic operative James Carville a few days after her state’s Republican candidates duke it out in their primary.

Back in D.C., at the Convention Center on Wednesday evening, the Aces and Angels Foundation hosts the always-bipartisan Congressional Poker Classic, where members of Congress, lobbying shops and other organizations will gather for a night of cards. Curious what California Rep. Darrell Issa’s poker face looks like? Now’s your chance!

Have we missed anything, partying fiends? If you’ve heard of something good going on, you know what to do – email us whatever you’ve got, or upload official invites here. We want it all: Send us the goods on state-level races and federal contests, and remember that we keep our sources completely confidential, so you can feel comfortable sharing.

And now, for your week in parties!

President Obama, aka the Energizer Fundraising Bunny
The Partier-in-Chief just can’t help himself. In the last few weeks, President Barack Obama has been hitting the partying scene hard, fundraising at seven different stops in California and New York (where he suggested that some of his devotees might move to North Dakota) for the Democrats’ House and Senate campaign committees. And Obama’s hectic schedule continues this week, with two more pricey outings.

On Monday, Obama – along with Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., and Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y. – makes his way to Potomac for an “intimate dinner.” Tickets start at $10,000 per person and climb to $32,400 per couple for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee event. Party Time data show that the dinner’s hosts, Lora and Jeff Drezner, threw a fundraiser for Van Hollen in 2011.

Obama will then jet off to his hometown of Chicago on Thursday for a reception and dinner benefiting the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. That group’s chair, Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, will be on hand to help chat up donors, as will Illinois’ own Sen. Dick Durbin.

It’s another high-dollar event, with tickets to the reception starting at $1,000 and going up to $15,000. The 5 p.m. reception is at the home of energy industry guru Michael Polsky and his wife, Tanya. Dinner, at the home of Newsweb Corporation owner and big-time liberal donor Fred Eychaner, goes for a cool $35,000 per couple.

Ring my bell
The last few weeks of political headlines have had a bit of a throwback theme to them – Monica Lewinsky wrote a first-person account of her affair with President Bill Clinton, and Marjorie Margolies is ramping up her campaign for the House seat she held in the ’90s.

Jeff Bell continues the trend, if pushing back the nostalgia a few more years to the late ’70s, when he last ran for Senate in New Jersey. The Republican is making another go at Capitol Hill, challenging Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., some 36 years after his first – and unsuccessful – run in the Garden State.

In February, Bell – a Republican political consultant who lives in Virginia – rented a house in New Jersey and announced he would run against Booker this year. And we all know what that means: It’s time for a party! PT records show Monday evening’s funder in Manhattan is Bell’s first of this campaign.

Booker is a fundraising powerhouse, with the likes of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck queuing up to throw him parties. But Bell’s got connections, too; CNBC personality Larry Kudlow is listed as a “special guest” on the invite to Monday’s event. Hosts Sean Fieler, Robert P. George and William Mumma are all big names on the conservative Christian scene: Fieler started American Principles Fund, which encourages Republican candidates to talk about opposition to abortion and gay marriage; the New York Times called George the “country’s most influential conservative Christian thinker”; and Mumma heads up the Becket Fund, a law firm that specializes in religious liberty cases.

Money for Martinez
Republicans are rallying on Wednesday evening at a fundraiser for New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez. An overflowing invite to the event boasts a boatload of governors, senators, representatives … and lobbyists.

The reception is at the Chevy Chase home of American Beverage Association CEO Susan Neely. Neely and her soft drink lobbying outfit will co-host the event with, among others, Artemis Strategies founder Ari Storch, BGR Group founder (and former governor) Haley Barbour and BGR lobbyist Loren Monroe.

One governor missing from the list of notable attendees? New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who, as the Washington Post pointed out, has gotten some post-bridgegate support from Martinez. Don’t read too much into his absence, though, since the Garden State head honcho will headline a New Mexico fundraiser for Martinez next week.

Jeb Bush + Iowa + Florida = 2016?? (Maybe.)
Like many other politicians called out as possible 2016 contenders, Jeb Bush is still playing the will-he-won’t-he game. Although he won’t say for sure what his plans are, Politico reported last month that Bush told the crowd at a Catholic Charities fundraiser that he is “thinking about running for president.” His comment came right in the middle of a spate of spring fundraisers that had the former Florida governor rubbing elbows with donors and party operatives.

It continues on Thursday, when Bush throws a party in Coral Gables for Gov. Terry Branstad, R-Iowa. It’s a savvy tip of the hat to the primary voters in the Hawkeye State, all without leaving the sunny shores of South Florida.

And that just about wraps up your week in political fundraisers, party animals! What have we missed, and what have you heard about? Let us know!

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Uncategorized • POSTED - 03.24.14 BY Palmer Gibbs

PT Round-up: Mitt Romney returns to the fundraising circuit, Thom Tillis comes to D.C., and Rep. Joe Garcia has three parties in three days

They’re baaaaack!

Party people, Congress is returning to D.C., so, obviously, the best way to celebrate is with a fundraiser … or two … or three. Our social calendar blows up this week with 28 parties as politicians come back to Capitol Hill after their weeklong recess. Ready them checkbooks!

This week also ushers in installments of two recurring fundraisers for Republican congressmen. Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., has his first of nine breakfast funders on Thursday morning at the Capitol Hill Club. If you throw down $5,000, you get two seats at each of the monthly breakfasts, cleverly titled the Dr. Phil Breakfast Club. And Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Fla., has his second standing lunch date with supporters on Tuesday. Each one-hour lunch at Bullfeathers will put you back $500, or $1,000 to $2,500 for PACs.

It’s a packed week, but what else is going on out there? Upload those invites here, or email us any tips or clips.

Welcome back, Mitt!

Since taking a break after his 2012 loss to President Barack Obama, Mitt Romney has mostly stayed out of the political limelight, heading to Disneyland with the family and working on a remodel of his La Jolla home. But in the last month or so, Romney has been popping up in the news – penning an opinion piece for the Wall Street Journal, weighing in on the proposed Arizona legislation that would allow businesses to deny service to gays based on religious beliefs – and on the party circuit.

After taking off about a year from fundraising, Romney is officially back in action. Last month, he headlined an event for the Republican Governors Association at the Lenox Hotel in Boston with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and this week, he’ll attend three more funders.

On Monday, Romney and Florida Gov. Rick Scott will hit up donors for the RGA during a pricey evening reception (as in, $25,000 to $50,000 per couple). Constance and Mike Fernandez, who chairs private equity firm MBF Healthcare Partners, will host the event at their Coral Gables home. Coincidentally, MBF Healthcare Partners went in big for Romney in 2012, tossing $500,000 to Restore our Future, the super PAC set up to support the Republican nominee.

The next day, he jets up to the Big Apple to headline back-to-back fundraisers for Ed Gillespie, RNC-chairman-turned-American-Crossroads-founder-turned-Virginia-Senate-candidate. Gillespie, who worked on Romney’s campaign in ’12, is mounting a challenge to Democratic Sen. Mark Warner in November, and a new poll shows the race is getting tighter.

The Romney-headlined parties for Gillespie get started with a $1,000-per-person reception at the swanky Essex House. Then it’s off to a $5,200-per-plate dinner at the home of billionaire Stephen Schwarzman, founder and CEO of asset management firm Blackstone.

Thom Tillis gets some D.C. love

The Senate race in North Carolina gets hotter and hotter by the day. Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan’s poll numbers keep dropping and the Cook Political Report just shifted the race from “leans Democrat” to “tossup.” She’s cruising above the fray of a primary fight, but the Republican contenders who want her seat are making a lot of noise and gaining traction among their party’s better-known personalities.

Monday evening, a fistful of GOP senators gathers at the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s D.C. headquarters for a reception for Thom Tillis, the current speaker in North Carolina’s House of Representatives and one of Hagan’s top challengers. Tickets start at $500 for individuals and go up to $2,500 for PACs. It isn’t the first time Tillis has thrown a D.C. event with GOP heavyweights, either; in December, he partied with Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.

But it isn’t smooth sailing until the state’s Republican primary in May. In a familiar storyline, establishment-backed Tillis will face off against Greg Brannon, who has picked up endorsements from Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and FreedomWorks head Matt Kibbe (the latter two even partied with Brannon during CPAC weekend). Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Hukabee is weighing in on the race, too. He attended a fundraiser for another Republican candidate, Mark Harris, a Baptist minister and founder of a group that successfully advocated for a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

Money for Mooney

Alex Mooney has been collecting top-tier conservative endorsements during his run for West Virginia’s second district House seat. The likes of Ann Coulter, Gun Owners of America, Family Research Council and the Tea Party Express are throwing their support behind Mooney’s candidacy. And his opinion piece from a few weeks ago, blasting the Environmental Protection Agency and “President Obama’s anti-coal policies,” should only further endear him to conservative voters.

On Tuesday evening, Mooney fundraises with fellow Republicans at D.C.’s Capitol Hill Club. Among others, the invite lists as hosts National Right to Work and Louisiana Sen. David Vitter, who just called the Koch brothers “two of the most patriotic Americans” during a town hall meeting. Maryland Rep. Andy Harris and Georgia Rep. (and Senate candidate) Paul Broun – who recently had a BYO gun target practice fundraiser and an AR-15 giveaway, respectively – are slated to attend.

Grimes goes for green

Democrats of all stripes keep coming out of the woodwork for Alison Lundergan Grimes in her bid to unseat Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. Mega Dem donor and DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, former President Bill Clinton and Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet have all done fundraisers for her so far this year, demonstrating her party connections and Democrats’ confidence that Grimes just might win the race.

On Wednesday, two prominent and well-connected gay political activists, Karen K. Dixon and Nan Schaffer, will host Grimes at their D.C. digs for a fundraising dinner. The couple are well-known LGBT activists in their hometown of Chicago, where Schaffer started a gay news outlet in the ’80s. And their Kalorama home was the site of that DNC fundraiser last June, where a gay rights protester interrupted First Lady Michelle Obama during her speech.

Joe Garcia’s fundraising frenzy

Rep. Joe Garcia, D-Fla., is a one-man partying machine this week. He’s heading to three D.C. funders in as many days, an impressive schedule even for some of PT’s most experienced party animals.

Garcia is one of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s “Frontline” members, a designation that means more money and resources will go to those races. On Monday, he joins three other “Frontline” members and Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen for lunch on Capitol Hill. Then, on Tuesday, Garcia meets up with two different “Frontline” members and California Rep. Adam Schiff for breakfast at the DNC’s Wasserman Room.

On Wednesday, Garcia is throwing his own fundraiser, his second annual Cuban Style Taste of Miami. We’re not sure how festive a Capitol Hill row house can get on a Wednesday evening, but we can only assume it’ll be a raucous and celebratory evening, considering it caps off a full week of hobnobbing.

Pricey booze!

Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill., knows how to take a staid political fundraiser to the next level. He’s known around Party Time as a politician who favors hot dog receptions, Chicago-style pizza, ice cream socials and baseball games to traditional luncheons private dinners. And this week is no different.

On Tuesday – right at happy hour, we might add – the National Beer Wholesalers Association PAC is throwing a reception for Quigley at the Oracle Townhouse on D Street. Tickets to get in will set you back $1,000 to $2,500, so drink up.

Whew, party people, what a busy week! Let us know what we are missing – email us, or upload invites here. Party on!

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Super Congress Fundraisers • POSTED - 11.22.11 BY Keenan Steiner

Super Committee members didn’t reduce deficit, but they did raise campaign cash

Although the congressional supercommittee failed to reach an agreement to slash the nation’s deficit, every single member of the 12-person panel was able to accomplish something else this fall: raise money for their own campaigns or for other candidates and committees. Collectively, the dozen members took part in 55 fundraisers, according to a mix of Party Time’s invitations and other news reports.

That includes 24 fundraisers for their own campaigns or leadership PACs—funds they use to spread their influence—and 31 events where they served as special guests to help their colleagues or party committees attract campaign cash. All of these events were scheduled since their appointment to the panel in early August.

With a total of 19 events, Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., the House Democrats’ Assistant Majority Leader, has been involved in the most fundraisers. Clyburn also led the pack with ten fundraisers benefiting his campaign or leadership fund, while Pat Toomey, R-Pa., held five such events and Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., held four.

Clyburn also hosted the most shindigs—nine of them—followed by Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., and Becerra, who hosted four each.

Below is table showing the number of fundraisers panel members were involved in, organized by each lawmaker (and here’s a complete calendar of events).

Fundraisers during supercommittee tenure
Member Held Hosted
Jim Clyburn, D-S.C. 10 9
Pat Toomey, R-Pa. 5 0
Xavier Becerra, D-Calif. 4 4
Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas 2 1
Chris Van Hollen, D-Md. 2 4
Dave Camp, R-Mich. 1 1
Jon Kyl, R-Ariz. 0 4
Patty Murray, D-Wash. 0 3
Fred Upton, R-Mich. 0 2
Max Baucus, R-Mont. 0 1
John Kerry, D-Mass. 0 1
Rob Portman, R-Ohio 0 1

There are also plenty of fundraisers for the committee members right around the corner. Becerra is the special guest at three gatherings in the first six days of December. Jon Kyl and Jeb Hensarling are the main draws at two separate events for their colleagues. And Clyburn is taking part in a holiday party on Dec. 1 raising money for Democratic “Frontline” candidates.

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Partytime • POSTED - 11.15.11 BY La Toya Gratten

Super Committee Fundraisers This Week

While all eyes are on the supercommittee this week as their deadline for identifying budget cuts fast approaches, a few of the lawmakers on the panel still have some time on their hands for fundraising.

This week, there are eight fundraisers planned either benefiting a supercommittee member or where they are playing host. Rep. David Camp, R-Mich., was scheduled to host a fundraiser for Rep. Kenny Marchant, R-Texas Monday night at Charlie Palmer Steak while Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., will be hosting an event for Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas on Tuesday. The nine-term congressman may be facing a primary challenge in March against State Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio if the Texas Legislature passes its redistricting map. So far Castro has raised more than $500,000 since announcing his candidacy for Congress.

Rep. Jim Clyburn’s, D-S.C. will be hosting a breakfast event on Wednesday to raise money for his Leadership PAC and another fundraiser at the restaurant Art and Soul, the Politico reports. Rep Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., is scheduled to attend a breakfast Tuesday morning at the Democratic Club.

Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., has a breakfast fundraiser planned on Wednesday, Nov. 16, according to the National Journal and later that evening, he will be having a 50th birthday celebration at Sonoma. GOP Sens. John Barrasso, R-Wy., Dan Coats, R-Ind., John Cornyn, R-Texas, Jim DeMint, R-S.C.,  Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and Mike Lee, R-Utah, are scheduled to attend. Lastly, Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., will be hosting an event for Sen. Orrin Hatch on Thursday.

Since the creation of the panel at least seven members have accepted money from lobbyists, including Camp, according to the Washington Post, Camp took in the most contributions — “$707,000 for his campaign and $180,000 for his leadership PAC.”

Although, only Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., announced that he would stop raising money, other members have said they would not schedule any new fundraising events. For a list of all supercommittee fundraisers see here.

Super Congress Fundraisers • POSTED - 09.15.11 BY Keenan Steiner

Another member of deficit panel to dine for dollars

Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., is the latest lawmaker on the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to plan a campaign fundraiser this fall, according to a fundraising memo obtained today.

A new fundraiser was also disclosed involving Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., who has planned to attend ten such events from September through November, when the so-called super committee wraps up its work: five for his campaign, three for his leadership PAC and two for his colleagues. The newly disclosed event is a golf outing and dinner to raise money for Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Ala., in Birmingham, Ala. on Sept. 26.

Van Hollen’s event, at 8 a.m. on Sept. 23, would conflict with any informal, collegial breakfast of the type the 12-member deficit committee held today. The panel is tasked with finding at least $1.2 trillion of deficit cuts by Thanksgiving.

Van Hollen’s breakfast will take place just across the street from the Capitol at Charlie Palmer Steak, a frequent destination for such events, and asks for between $500 and $5,000. The Maryland Democrat was also billed as the special guest to a fundraiser for Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, earlier today and is hosting one for Rep. Allyson Schwartz, D-Pa., on Oct. 5.

Nine lawmakers on the 12-member super committee have scheduled fundraisers or appearances at colleagues’ events since being named to the committee (See them all on our Super Committee page or on this list).

In Party Time’s records, there are currently no events planned for co-chair Rep. Jeb Hensarling,  R-Texas, Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., or Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., through Thanksgiving. However, such events could still be scheduled; we do not receive invitations to every congressional fundraiser in Washington, D.C.

Super Congress Fundraisers • POSTED - 08.30.11 BY Keenan Steiner

More Fundraisers for Super Committee members

Update, Sept. 1: Committee member Rob Portman is also hosting a fundraiser, which has been added to the list below. That list will be updated as more invitations are received.

During the week of Sept. 12, the week of the deadline for the Joint Committee on Debt Reduction to hold its first meeting, one of the panel members, Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., has planned fundraisers on four consecutive days, according to newly-revealed invitations.

Clyburn at town hallThose events are just a few among the many (see list below and our page of all super committee fundraisers) being held or hosted by the members of the powerful committee as they decide how to slash at least $1.2 million from the nation’s deficit—work they have already begun.

As the lawmakers deliberate, they will also be accepting campaign checks as usual. Meanwhile, lobbyists who will be prodding them on issues from tax reform to Medicare will be attending their D.C. fundraisers.

As for Clyburn, there are a total of nine fundraisers on his schedule this fall, including the first one—a “Healthcare Breakfast” at the Caucus Room on Sept. 13. Pharmaceutical companies and doctors’ and hospitals’ groups will no doubt be interested in attending, as cuts to Medicare and Medicaid are expected to be considered by the panel.

On Sept. 14, another super committee member, Senate Whip Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., is a special guest at a moneymaker for Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc,—at the Caucus Room again—for those willing to donate between $500 and $2,000.

On the following Monday, committee member Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., is planning to leave the capital for Boston, where he is headlining a fundraiser for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee—though few details about the event are known.

On Oct. 5, high rollers will have the chance to schmooze with Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., the headliner for a dinner benefiting his colleague, Rep. Allyson Schwartz, D-Penn. PACs are asked to chip in $2,500 or $5,00o for that affair.

Other than these newly-disclosed events there are at least six others previously reported by Party Time and other media outlets since the committee members were announced. Below is a current calendar of events involving panel members. Note that if the lawmaker is hosting the event—if it’s not for his own campaign—the beneficiary committee is listed.

Aug. 31 — Xavier Becerra — Evening Event

Sept. 7 — Xavier Becerra’s Leadership PAC — Baseball Game

Sept. 7 — Dave Camp — Reception

Sept. 13 — Jim Clyburn –”Healthcare Breakfast

Sept. 13 — Patty Murray hosting — DSCC — Annual Fall Reception

Sept. 13 — Rob Portman hosting — Rep. Steve Chabot — Reception

Sept. 13 — Jon Kyl hosting — Sen. Roger Wicker — Reception

Sept. 14 — Clyburn’s Leadership PAC — Breakfast

Sept. 14 — Jon Kyl hosting — Sen. Ron Johnson — Dinner — POSTPONED

Sept. 15 — Clyburn hosting — Rep. Gabbie Giffords — Breakfast

Sept. 15 — Van Hollen hosting — Rep. Tim Ryan — Lunch

Sept. 15  – Jim Clyburn – Dinner

Sept. 16 — Jim Clyburn – Breakfast

Sept. 18 — Chris Van Hollen’s joint fundraising committee — Evening event

Sept. 19 — John Kerry hosting — DSCC — Breakfast

Sept. 19 — Fred Upton hosting — Pete Hoekstra — Lunch

Sept. 21 — Jon Kyl hosting — Heather Wilson –Reception

Sept. 21 — Becerra hosting — Congressional Hispanic Caucus PAC — Reception

Sept. 22 — Pat Toomey’s Leadership PAC — Breakfast

Sept. 22 — Chris Van Hollen hosting — Reps. Tim Bishop and Kathy Hochul — Reception

Sept. 23 — Chris Van Hollen — Breakfast

Sept. 23 — Patty Murray hosting — DSCC — Reception

Sept. 26 — Clyburn hosting — Rep. Terri Sewell — Golf and Dinner

Oct. 4 — Jeb Hensarling hosting — Rep. Kay Granger — Texas Barbecue

Oct. 5 — Chris Van Hollen hosting — Rep. Allyson Schwartz — Dinner Reception

Oct. 5 — Jeb Hensarling — Event at Investment Co Institute (reported by Politico)

Oct. 6 — Becerra — A Taste of Los Angeles

Oct. 10 — Jim Clyburn – Reception

Oct. 13 — Jim Clyburn – Breakfast

Oct. 13 — Fred Upton hosting — Tuesday Group PAC — Reception

Oct. 16 — Max Baucus hosting — Sen. Jon Tester — Event at Oceana Restaurant in New York City (reported by Politico)

Oct. 20 — Pat Toomey — Breakfast at Bistro Bis (reported by Politico)

Oct. 20 — Jim Clyburn — Reception

Oct. 24 — Clyburn hosting — Emanuel Cleaver — Birthday and BBQ

Oct. 25 — Hensarling’s Leadership PAC — Reception and Dinner at Acadiana with Speaker Boehner (reported by Politico)

Oct. 25 — Clyburn hosting — DCCC — Speaker’s Cabinet National Issues Conference (reported by Politico)

Oct. 25 — Becerra hosting — Congressional Hispanic Caucus Bold PAC — Reception

Oct. 26 — Clyburn’s Leadership PAC – Breakfast

Oct. 27 — Patty Murray hosting — DSCC — National Innovation Conference

Oct. 27 — Clyburn hosting — DCCC — Reception

Nov. 1 — Kyl hosting — Sen. Ron Johnson — Breakfast

Nov. 3 — Clyburn hosting — Rep. John Yarmuth — Bourbon & BBQ Birthday Bash

Nov. 4 — Becerra hosting — Rep. Larry Kissell — Breakfast

Nov. 8 — Pat Toomey — Dinner at Charlie Palmer’s (reported by Politico)

Nov. 14 — Dave Camp hosting — Rep. Kenny Marchant — Dinner

Nov. 14 — Clyburn hosting — Steven Horsford — Reception

Nov. 15 — Van Hollen hosting — Rep. Lloyd Doggett — Breakfast

Nov. 15 — Jim Clyburn — Breakfast at Art & Soul

Nov. 15 — Xavier Becerra — Breakfast at National Democratic Club

Nov. 16 — Clyburn’s Leadership PAC – Breakfast

Nov. 16 — Clyburn hosting — Charles Rangel — Reception

Nov. 16 — Pat Toomey — 50th Birthday Party Reception (Reported by Politico)

Nov. 16 — Pat Toomey — Breakfast (Reported by National Journal)

Nov. 17 — Jon Kyl hosting — Sen. Orrin Hatch — Breakfast

Nov. 17 — Clyburn hosting — Suzanne Bonamici — Breakfast

correction: The original version of this post mistakenly said that a Sept. 14  fundraiser benefited Sen. Jon Kyl rather than Sen. Ron Johnson.

Update: The Oct. 4 fundraiser for Max Baucus has been canceled, Reuters reported.

2010 Elections competitive races • POSTED - 07.07.10 BY Nancy Watzman

DCCC brass raising cash for Bishop, Salazar

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) leaders continue to busy themselves fundraising for party candidates in tight races, with events planned in the next few weeks for Reps. Tim Bishop (D-N.Y.) and John Salazar (D-Colo.).

Recruitment Chair Rep. Steve Israel (D, NY-2),  Chairman Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D, MD-8) , and vice chairs Rep. Joseph Crowley (D, NY-7) and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D, FL-20) are headlining this  reception, on July 27, for Bishop. The fourth-term Congressman is considered vulnerable in Republican circles and will face the winner of a hotly contested GOP primary come November.

On July 28, Van Hollen and Israel are joining Vice Chair Rep. Xavier Becerra (D, CA-31) for a breakfast benefiting Salazar at the Twenty-First Century townhouse. (The townhouse is owned by former GOP Texas Congressman  Jack Fields, Twenty First Century lobbying group CEO. His bio says he “has built and maintained a wide network of personal friendships and  professional relationships among government officials of both parties.” ) Salazar is in a district that has historically voted Republican and also will be facing the winner of a GOP face off .

The DCCC blog recently reported the committee had “blow[n] past our $1.5 million June 30th deadline goal.”  In the case of the events above, checks are to be made out to the candidate but also counted as “conduit” contributions over at the DCCC (which is required to report them as both receipts and disbursements to the candidate in question), enabling the party committee to claim credit for the amounts raised. We last wrote about DCCC fundraising here .

leadership PACs lobbying • POSTED - 06.15.10 BY Lindsay Young

Top Democrats fundraise for DCCC, and colleagues

You might have read in yesterday’s Politico that the nine democrats have raised $50 million for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, according to internal fundraising numbers obtained by the newspaper. Raising that amount of cash would be daunting to anyone, but for Washington insiders, it’s part of their daily grind.

The Party Time database also reveals that beyond the cash these lawmakers raise for the DCCC, they are also fixtures and draws at fundraisers for other lawmakers. This fact would not show up on DCCC reports.

* Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. – Pelosi has raised $23.5 million for the DCCC, according to Politico. Party Time invites show that she’s served as a draw for at least eight fundraisers this year for other lawmakers and at least two for the DCCC — the latest DCCC event was a March 19th breakfast at Democratic National Headquarters, along with several other Democratic lawmakers. The cost to attend ranged from $5,000-$20,000.

* Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md. – The second highest fundraiser according to Politico, Van Hollen is also the chair of the DCCC and has raised $7.1 million for the committee. According to Party Time invites, Van Hollen has been present for at least for nine fundraisers for other lawmakers and one for the DCCC.

* Rep. Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y. – Crowley raised an $6.5 million for the DCCC, according to Politico. He’s also incredibly active in fundraising for his colleagues. According to Party Time invites, he’s attended at least 10 fundraisers for colleagues and at least 15 for either the DCCC or the New Democrat Coalition PAC. His most recent headliner was for the Coalition’s fifth annual retreat at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina.

* Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla. – According to Politico, Wasserman Shultz has raised $3.5 million for the DCCC. She’s also been busy raising money for fellow lawmakers, Party Time invites list her at at least 7 fundraisers this year for her colleagues, and she’s attended at least six for the DCCC or her own leadership political action committee, the Democrats Win Seats PAC.

* Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C. – Clyburn has raised $3 million for the DCCC, according to Politico and he’s attended at least 13 fundraisers for colleagues and at least two for the DCCC and held at least two for his own Bridge PAC. Later this week he will host a fundraiser for Baron Hill, his Democratic colleague in Indiana, where guests can attend after paying $1,000-$5,000.

* Rep. Steny Hoyer, D- Md. – Hoyer has added $2.3 million to DCCC coffers, according to Politico. He’s also attended at least 17 fundraisers for his colleagues this year, and at least three for the DCCC and Wasserman Schultz’s Democrats Win Seats PAC.

* Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y. – Israel has collected $1.5 million for the DCCC, according to Politico, it’s possible he raised part of that while attending a January 13th DCCC Business Council Kickoff Reception where guests paid anywhere from $5,000-$15,000.

* Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass. – Frank has raised $1.5 million for the DCCC, according to Politico. He’s also helped fundraise for at least 12 of his colleagues and at least two times for the DCCC, according to Party Time invites. His latest effort was a June 7th lunch fundraiser for Democratic colleague Rep. Ron Klein of Florida.  Guests could attend for anywhere from $500-$2,500.

* Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass. – Barney Frank’s Massachusetts colleague has raised $1.1 million for the DCCC, according to Politico. It’s possible that part of that total was raised that money while serving as the special guest of the DCCC Business Council Breakfast on March 4th. The invitation lists Markey as the headliner and asks for donations ranging from $5,000-$15,000 for the DCCC.

And let’s not forget how the DCCC raises money for itself, such as the Committee’s upcoming June 23rd, “DCCC Summer Solstice Reception” at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers offices in Capital Hill. The event says “friends” can attend for $5,000, while “hosts” can buy 4 tickets for $15,000.

competitive races • POSTED - 04.26.10 BY Elham Khatami

Leadership from both parties intervene in campaign between insider and outsider

With the May 18 special election right around the corner, the race to snag former Democratic Rep. John Murtha’s seat representing Pennsylvania’s 12th district is heating up.

Both candidates, Republican Tim Burns and Democrat Mark Critz, a former aide to Murtha, held practical mirror-image fundraisers on the same day last week.

Burns held a reception at the Capitol Hill Club and was joined by Republican Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, Republican Whip Eric Cantor, R-Va., the National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions, and the Pennsylvania Republican Delegation.

Around the same time, Critz held a reception at Lounge 201, a bar the Washington Post calls “A Sinatra-style Capitol Hill martini lounge for those tired of the $2 Budweiser scene.” In attendance were Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen, and the Pennsylvania Democratic Delegation.

A recent poll by Public Policy Polling shows that Burns holds a small lead over Critz. Murtha was the first Democrat since 1942 to represent Pennsylvania’s 12th district, a position he held for more than 35 years. The Cook Political Report describes the race as a “toss up.”

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Burns also leads in fundraising. He has raised nearly $550,000, while Critz has raised less than $400,000. But Critz may have an ace in the hole: the Washington Post reports that Murtha’s earmarks for area defense contractors might continue paying dividends to Critz, the aide that used to request them. “Defense contractors, local business officers and lobbyists that relied on earmarked federal contracts from Murtha…recently chipped in $142,400,” the Post found.

Murtha was a central figure in the PMA Group scandal; the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct cleared him of wrongdoing. When he worked for Murtha, who served as chair of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, Critz compiled the list of earmarks that Murtha would fund. According to the Post, Murtha “routinely approved the list his staff gave him without making any changes.”


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