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Uncategorized • POSTED - 10.28.13 BY Palmer Gibbs

PT Round-up: Donors come out for McAuliffe, and Bruce Braley’s birthday bash

Hello, partiers! Everyone loves Halloween, even your elected representatives as we see in this 1963 photo of President John F. Kennedy being surprised by some trick-or-treaters (a.k.a. his kids, Caroline and John). Of course some of this year’s political goblins may want a little more than candy. And they are busy: This week builds on last week’s post-shutdown return to fundraising-as-usual. As of press time, we’ve got 33 parties on tap this week, including one with President Barack Obama as the headliner.

After a raft of shutdown-induced cancellations, Obama has been hitting the party circuit hard, speaking at the DNC’s pricey Women’s Leadership Forum last Thursday, and then schmoozing Friday in New York at DCCC and DNC events. This week, it’s up to Massachusetts for a party at the home of his former ambassador to Spain, Alan Solomont. Wednesday’s Solomont event will raise as much as $32,400 per person, or $64,800 per couple, if you want to make a date night of it. Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Steve Israel are also slated to attend.

Not to be outdone, the National Republican Congressional Committee is slated to host a fundraiser in the Big Apple on Wednesday. We don’t know any details beyond that, so let us know if you’ve got the scoop!

Find out who else is trick-or-treating for cash this Halloween week …

Bucks for Bruce

Fresh off a Gabrielle Giffords-hosted event Sunday afternoon in Iowa, Rep. Bruce Braley heads back to D.C. to celebrate his birthday with – you guessed it! – a fundraiser.

Braley, celebrating the big 5-6 this year, hopes to bring in some serious cash at Tuesday’s “birthday cocktails” party.

After serving six years in the House, Braley is making a run to replace retiring Sen. Tom Harkin, a fellow Democrat, in 2014. According to Influence Explorer data, during his last election, Braley brought in $2,683,457, of which lawyers and law firms contributed $969,528. Among Iowa House races that year, Braley was the second-highest recipient of out-of-state contributions, collecting $1,138,173 from non-Iowa donors.

That trend may continue, seeing as tickets to “Bruce, Blues, and BBQ” in Iowa were $15 to $500, and his D.C. b-day bash starts at $250 a pop.

Clinton connection

The Virginia governor’s race is in its final week, and Terry McAuliffe continues to cash in on his longtime relationship with the Clintons.

On Monday, McAuliffe goes to suburban Virginia with Bill Clinton for an evening fundraiser that seeks to raise at least $2,500 per attendee. The hosts that night, Dwight and Martha Schar, are GOP heavy-hitters with an expansive $9.9 million McLean estate. Dwight Schar, part owner of the Redskins and a former RNC finance chairman, bucked his party and lent his endorsement to McAuliffe in June.

On Wednesday, Clinton confidants Cheryl and Haim Saban will host McAuliffe and his supporters at a luncheon in their Beverly Hills home. Haim Saban, a media mogul who “slept in the White House several times” during Clinton’s tenure, has given $276,065 to McAuliffe through his TV production company, Saban Entertainment. Also slated to attend the $15,000-per-head lunch? Hillary Clinton, who recently endorsed McAuliffe during a “Women for Terry” event in Falls Church.

Trick or treat!

It feels like the Clintons are especially ever-present this week on the party circuit, which is saying something. On Halloween, Clinton-era Secretary of State Madeline Albright will make her way to Pennsylvania to raise some dough for Marjorie Margolies, mother-in-law to Chelsea Clinton.

Margolies held Pennsylvania’s 13th District House seat, just outside Philadelphia, in the mid ’90s, and lost it after infamously casting a last-minute vote in favor of then-President Clinton’s budget. Now, she’s hoping to get the same seat back but she faces a competitive Democratic primary in which she lags in fundraising, according to the latest figures compiled by the Sunlight Foundation’s Real-Time FEC tracker. Madeleine Dean, a state representative, is hosting the “Evening of Dessert and Conversation,” and tickets range from $250 to $2,600.

We want to know if there will be costumes, and who will wear a Bill mask.

Wanna get away?

If the changing leaves and chilly fall air aren’t your thing, perhaps Rep. Xavier Becerra can convince you to join him (and donate to his Leadership for Today and Tomorrow PAC) in warm Puerto Rico for an “Autumn Leadership Golf Getaway” this upcoming weekend. The $5,000 entry gets guests a weekend on the course and plenty of talk of … leadership.

If Puerto Rico is too far, Des Moines’s Jefferson Jackson Dinner to benefit the Iowa Democratic Party may call (although we can’t promise anything resembling warm weather there). Sen. Charles Schumer is the keynote speaker.

That’s what we’ve got for this week, partiers; what have you heard about? Let us know!

(Photo credits: National Archives,  Wikimedia commons)


This Week’s Fundraisers: Romney racing ahead in parties, Obama campaign on break, Biden partying with others and more

This week will be more productive on the party scene for our nation’s lawmakers, especially in comparison to last week’s abysmal turn out as officials took a break. We have more than 20 events lined up. Here are the highlights:

Romney in the lead this week: Usually President Obama is at the top of the fundraising race, at least in terms of the number of events his campaign holds weekly. Not this time, however! GOP hopeful Mitt Romney has multiple events this week, topping the president’s campaign — for which we’ve been able to find only one measly invite. Got more? Lay them on us.

Romney kicks off his busy fundraising week with two Sunday events. The first will be a lunch in New York, which House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., will also attend.  It’ll cost $5,000 per person to eat lunch; those who contribute or raise $25,000 will be invited to attend the VIP photo reception as well.

Later in the evening, Romney will be dining with billionaire David Koch, according to Forbes magazine, the Empire State’s richest resident. The pricey dinner at Koch’s Southampton residence will cost individuals $50,000 and couples $75,000. This won’t be the first time that Koch will be helping to fundraise for Romney. No surprise, given the close ties between the two well-upholstered families.

According to Fox31 Denver, Romney is expected Monday evening at a private fundraiser in Aspen, Colo. Alas, Party Time didn’t get an invite (insert sad emoticon here). If you have any details or the invite itself, let us know!

On Tuesday, Romney’s oldest son, Tagg, will be attending a reception in his father’s honor in Pennsylvania. Tickets for this event, held at the Berkshire Country Club, cost between $500 for general admission and $10,000 to be part of the platinum circle.

On Thursday, Romney will be in Wyoming for a reception and dinner with former Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife, Lynne at their home. Party Time got an invite, but it didn’t detail the ask.

While Romney is in Wyoming with Cheney, the candidate’s older brother, G. Scott Romney, will be attending another evening reception at Trump Parc Stamford in Connecticut. This invite quotes $500 per person to attend an earlier “meet & greet” while those who wish to stay for the VIP dinner reception have to cash out $2,500 a head.

Of course, not everything is bright and sunny in the Romney fundraising-verse. Just the other day, one of his big hosts, former Barclays CEO Robert Diamond, withdrew from his fundraising efforts for Romney, following a scandal involving the bank’s role in a scheme to fix interest rates. Diamond was supposed to host a London dinner for Romney July 27, costing between $25,000 and $75,000.  But word is the London fete is still on (Romney will be in town for the Olympics, where his wife has a horse and trainer competing) and we’re still looking for the invite. Hint, hint.)

Obama (campaign) in Paris (again): The Obama campaign will be taking yet another trip to France for a reception with former Secretary of the Navy, Richard Danzig. The event, at a still undetermined location in Paris, will cost between $750 and $5,000 for guests and hosts respectively. Ex-pats, as always, should remember to make sure they have a copy of their passport ready.

Updated, 10:45 a.m., 7/9/2012: Vice President Joe Biden will also be helping the president  with a little bit of fundraising. He is expected to be in Utah on Tuesday for a reception at the home of one of Obama’s inaugural donors. The evening event costs $25,000 to co-chair but costs as little as $100 for Gen44 young professionals. Those who wish to take part in a photo reception with the vice president will have to pay $8,000 or $5,000 for couples and individuals respectively. Non-young professionals have to cough up $500 for general admission, while premium seating comes at $1,000 per head.

Biden partying with others: While the president appears to be taking a break from the fundraiser circuit, Biden will be helping other Democrats with their campaigns as well.

On Monday, Obama’s right hand man will be in Seattle appearing at an evening fundraising in honor of Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., along with Rep. Jay Inslee, D-Wash. Inslee is running for governor. Tickets cost $50 for general admission and $250 for premium admission.

It also appears to be the general consensus that the vice president will also appear in Missouri for a Kansas City fundraiser with Sen. Claire McCaskill on the same day, according to However, Party Time has been unable to secure the details. If you know something, once again, be sure to share!

Another VP mentionee, another party: Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., will be attending a reception for his leadership political action committee, Reclaim America PAC, on Wednesday. The event will cost $2,500 to host or $1,000 to $500 to attend (PAC and individuals respectively). A potential rival for the No. 2 slot on Romney’s ticket, meanwhile, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is reportedly headlining a breakfast fundraiser for Romney in Quincy, Mass. According to the Quincy Herald-Whig (proud owner of our new favorite domain name:, tickets run from $100 to $1,000. Members of the Knapheide family, fifth-generation owners of a local truck manufacturing company, are hosting the breakfast.

The Getaways: There will be three opportunities to get away from the capital starting on Friday.

Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., will be hosting his Second Annual Family & Friends Weekend, in honor of his super PAC, Heartland Values PAC from Friday to Sunday. The get away trip will take place at the Greenbrier Hotel in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.  PACs have to dish out $3,000 while individuals have to pay only half as much.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee will have its own summer retreat in Martha’s Vineyard from Friday to Sunday. Sens. Max Baucus, D-Mont., Bernie Sanders, D-Vt. and Chris Coons, D-Del., are expected to be at the retreat. There is no record of the cost in Party Time.

Finally, Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill., will be hosting an afternoon at the ballpark at Chicago’s Wrigley field in honor of five Democratic congressional candidates for Illinois. Supporters will have to pay $5,000 to be on the “All-Star Team,” $2,500 to be “home run hitters,” or $1,000 to be a part of the “starting line-up.”


This Week’s Fundraisers: Obama revs fundraising engines; Mitt hits Georgetown; Pelosi parties with MC Hammer

Happy end-of-June-week Party Timers! Summer has officially started but the days are hardly lazy for those who need handouts. It’s yet another busy money-grubbing week for our nation’s lawmakers with more than 40 events on the Party Time calendar. Here are the highlights:

Obama making up for last week: As far as Party Time knows, our nation’s fundraiser-in-chief uncharacteristically slowed his partying pace last week with his campaign only holding two events, none of which President Obama attended personally. It seems now as if the campaign has recovered its knack for holding an astonishing amount of fundraisers, starting with three on Monday.

Obama’s fundraising week starts with a campaign roundtable in Boston, which the president himself will attend at the private residence of a supporter. Tickets are $40,000 per head. It doesn’t seem as if the president intends to stay at the roundtable for long however, for at 4 p.m., minutes after the initial 3:45 p.m. event, Obama is slotted to make another appearance at a reception at Boston’s Symphony Hall, featuring a special performance by Grammy award winning Israeli violinist Miri Ben-Ari. Tickets for this “cheaper” event range from $144 for young professionals in the Gen44 balcony to $10,000 to co-host the event.

The president will then travel over to Weston, Mass. for a dinner in his honor at the home of another supporter. Individuals will have to hand over $17,900 while couples get in for $35,800.

The next day, the president flies into Atlanta for an early reception costing $500 to $10,000. He will then fly into Florida to attend a dinner hosted by American singer-songwriter and impressario Marc Anthony. Tickets for this particular event start at a whopping $40,000 for guests and go all the way up to $75,800 for event co-hosts. The ask for the co-host tickets actually breaks Obama’s old Party Time record for the highest requested contribution, at an event where the price was the same, but was divided among five people, instead of resting on the shoulders (or rather in the pockets) of one.

Anthony and the president will then head over to the Fillmore at the Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami Beach for yet another fundraiser in the president’s honor, with a special performance by the singer. Tickets for this one start at $100 for the mezzanine section and going up to $5,000 to co-host.

While her husband is wooing supporters in Georgia and Florida, the first lady will be travelling to the couple’s hometown of Chicago for a Gen44 reception. Early bird tickets are $44 for young professionals, while those for a group photo reception for up to five people cost $2,500. The Chicago Tribune reports that the first lady also will attend a lunch with Glee star Jane Lynch. According to the Trib, tickets for that event start at $250. Special thanks to Chicago Tribune’s Katherine Skiba for providing this particular invite. Our friend Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times has the full price breakdown here. Lynn also reports that Vice President Joe Biden will be back in Chicago Monday for his second fundraiser in a week. Details and price points in her blog here.

On Thursday the first lady will be in Memphis for another reception in honor of her husband’s campaign. Tickets for this event will start at $500, but co-chairs have to hand over a steep $35,000. The campaign will then head over to the Empire State for another reception that same day. The special guest for this event is yet to be determined, but tickets are relatively affordable at $100 for young professionals, $1,000 for guests and $2,500 for VIPs.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender African American leaders in DC will then host a reception with openly gay former football star, Wade Davis in honor of the president. Tickets start at $100. And finally, the campaign will be hosting yet another Gen44 evening reception, this time in Los Angeles, Calif. Tickets can cost as much as $2,500 to host.

Romney not slacking off: Fresh from his swanky Utah weekend with big donors and potential running mates, Mitt Romney, will be checking the drawing power of another possible veep nominee. On Tuesday, the president’s GOP rival will attend a fundraiser in New Jersey with the state’s governor, Chris Christie. The Daily Caller’s Alex Pappas has all the details. (Many thanks, Alex, for shooting us the invite!) The next day, Romney will be in the nation’s capital for an intimate Georgetown dinner with all his best friends who can afford the $50,000 ticket price, according to the invite obtained by the Washington Post. Less well-heeled Romney backers can get into a Monday evening fundraiser for as little as $100. It’s hosted by two lawmakers who are getting lots of mention as potential Romney veep picks: Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. The Post has this invite too.

A Week for the Women: There are four female-focused events taking place this week. On Monday, ShePAC, a political action committee dedicated to electing and supporting conservative women, will be holding a D.C. Kickoff Reception at the Capitol Hill Club featuring former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice. The event will include a VIP roundtable  briefing, a VIP photo-op and reception with Rice and a general reception. Tickets cost between $250 and $50,000.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi will be serenaded Monday at a hometown fundraiser in San Francisco featuring MC Hammer and ex-Grateful Dead percussionist Mickey Hart’s band. Tickets range from $100 to $5,000. Hat tip to Huffington Post for this one.

Democratic Congressional Candidate for Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District, George Badey, will be holding a discussion of women’s health issues at a reception in his homestate. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, D-Pa., will host the Monday event. Tickets start at $250.

Although it’s not a political fundraiser, but Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., will be speaking at the National Capital Area Council, LFL’s 8th Annual Woman of the Year Award Breakfast on Thursday. Tickets to this event, which benefits the National Capital Area Council, cost between $200 and $10,000.

Lawmakers love birthday money: There’s nothing quite like getting a little bit of extra cash on your birthday, and some lawmakers seem to agree. Both Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., and Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., will be holding birthday fundraisers in their honor on Tuesday.

Rep. Fitzpatrick’s birthday celebration will be held at the Fado Irish Pub and cost well-wishers $500 to $2,000. Sen. Ayotte’s party reception meanwhile will be held at the Cava Mezze Restaurant for the same ask.

Other interesting events: The unlucky marksmen and markswomen who missed  last week’s trap & skeet event hosted by Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, are in luck. Rep. Steve Fincher, R-Tenn., will be holding a Trap & Skeet Shoot event on Monday at the same Prince George’s Country Trap & Skeet Center. The event is even a little cheaper than  Sen. Crapo’s event with tickets starting at $250.

D.C. residents who used to live in Maine will have a chance to get a taste of home this week as Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, hosts a Wednesday taste of Maine summer party. Mainers, or wanna bes, can pay between $100 to $2,500 for the experience.

We’re wrapping up the month of June and so of course, many have their eyes and hearts set on July 4th, the nation’s Independence Day. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is providing early entertainment for the patriots hosting an “Independence day summer Bbq“ on Thursday. So grab your flags, your whistles and your best flag-branded wear (along with $1,000 to $2,000 in contributions) and come prepared to celebrate the nation’s birth.

Finally, on Friday there will be a fairly typical lunch for a congressional candidate with an untypical resume. Tulsi Gabbard, became the youngest person ever elected to Hawaii state office, in 2002, winning a seat in the legislature at age 21. Ten years later and now a member of the Honolulu City Council, Gabbard has decided to run for the U.S. House seat that Democratic Rep. Mazie Hirono is vacating to run for Senate. Gabbard debuts in Party Time with a lunch in her honor. Requested contributions are $250, $500 and $1,000.


This Week’s Fundraisers: Obama to the West Coast, Republicans to the Chesapeake Bay

The nation’s lawmakers have returned from their week of rest and with them, of course, the parties. Sunlight has almost 20 events lined up for you. Here are the highlights:

More from the Obama Victory Fund: You Party Timers can pretty much expect to see Obama presidential fundraisers almost every week from here on in. The Obama campaign hasn’t stopped partying for the past month now it seems! This week is no different with four parties of different prices and sizes lined up for his supporters.

On Tuesday, the Obama Victory Fund will be holding a reception with Obama for America Digital Director, Teddy Goff and its Chief Digital Strategist Joe Rospars in Brooklyn. The Obama campaign’s digital strategy will be the focus of this event. Tickets start at $75 and go up to $1,500 for those who want to host.

The president himself will be flying to Seattle on Thursday for a brunch in his honor at the home of one of his inaugural donors. The pricey event costs $17,900 for individuals and $35,800 for couples.

A few hours later, Obama is expected to be at a lunch at the Paramount Theater, also in Seattle, with special musical guest Dave Matthews of the Dave Matthews Band. Event tickets start at a modest $250 but shoot up to $8,000 for a group of four who wish to be part of the photo reception.

Later in the evening, the president is expected to fly into California for a dinner at actor George Clooney’s residence. This shindig will cost $35,800.

Democrat Senators Partying: It seems that all around the Democrats are having the time of their lives. This week the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has a few events lined up for the public.

Along with their monthly roundtable breakfast briefing held on Wednesday, the Women’s Senate Network will be having a discussion and lunch the same afternoon. Suggested contributions start at $500 but the lunch is free for those who pay $5,000 annual membership. Those who desire to upgrade and chair the event must have $30,800 ready.

Finally, in the evening, the committee is inviting all supporters to a “Friends on the Hill Dinner.” For this event supporters have to dole out $10,000.

The Outings: Don’t worry outdoorsy Party Timers, Republican lawmakers have got you covered in this category.

On Monday, Rep. Paul Broun, R-Ga., will be hosting a “day of golf” at the Springfield Golf and Country Club in Virginia. Tickets are $500 for individuals and $1,000 for political action committees.

Anglers in the GOP will have a tough choice ahead of them on Friday. Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, will be “fishing on the Chesapeake Bay” from Solomon’s Island, Md. Party Time doesn’t have the price or time for this event.

On the same day however, Rep. Andrew Harris, R-Md.,  is hoping to have his postponed “afternoon of charter boat fishing for rockfish” at the Rock Hall Marina, also in Maryland. To attend individuals will have to pay $500 while PACs pay $1,000. PACs that want to co-host will have to show $2,500.

For those who can’t possibly choose between these two fishing events, luckily it seems that Crapo’s event is expected to go into Saturday as well.

2012 Elections Partytime special interest • POSTED - 03.12.12 BY Breanna Edwards

This Week’s Fundraisers: Parties for St. Paddy’s and O’Bama

Obama Victory Fund 2012 Events: This week the Obama Victory Fund 2012 will benefit from two events. The first is a Monday dinner at the home of Sen. John Kerry and his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry. Vice President Joe Biden will be attending. Tickets range from $10,000 per couple to attend the dinner and reception to $25,800 per couple for the greet clutch, photo reception and dinner.

On Friday, the president himself will be present at a reception featuring Cee Lo Green. The event will be held at the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Ga. Tickets for this event start at $2,500.

Top o’ the week to ya: After early celebrations last week, two St. Patrick’s Day events are lined up to spread the Irish cheer even further. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee will be holding a St. Patrick’s Day Reception on Thursday at Hill County BBQ. Tickets range from $1,000 to $2,000.

The next day,  Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., will celebrate his 18th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Fete at Kena Temple. Tickets to this event range from $40 to $500.

The PACs are at it: This week Party Time’s calendar shows nine PACs hosting fundraising events. Kelly PAC, named for Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H. will be holding a breakfast.  Tenn PAC, affiliated with Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Freedom Fund, affiliated with Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, will have lunches. Holding dinners or receptions this week: The Reclaim America PAC, affiliated with Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.; the Fund for America’s Future (Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.);   ARK PAC, (Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark.);  Denali PAC, (Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska); the Tallatchee Creek PAC (Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala..) and the Free State PAC (Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan.).

Cummings going strong: Rep. Elijah Cummings, who most recently made news for introducing a bill that would change how the government would deal with Hatch Act violations, will be holding two fundraisers this week. On Tuesday, the Maryland Democrat will have a reception priced from $250 to $2,500. Two days later, another equally priced reception, will be hosted by the members of Organized Dentistry.

Goodbye Snowe: Sen. Olympia Snowe, who had been active on the PartyTime circuit last year, has cancelled all of her future fundraising events. In a surprise announcement late last month, the Maine Republican announced she will not be seeking reelection.

2012 Elections Congressional Getaways Partytime • POSTED - 02.27.12 BY Breanna Edwards

This Week’s Fundraisers: From a DC dive to Palm Beach

The nation’s lawmakers have come back from their Presidents’ Day break refreshed and raring to go. The party scene is buzzing once again: Sunlight has more than 20 events in its database. Some of the highlights:

Celebrating Black History: Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., on Sunday evening hosted the second annual  “Standing on the Shoulder of Giants,” program, a tribute to the New Jersey Legislative Black Caucus and the 100 Black Men of New Jersey, Inc. and The National Coalition of 100 Black Women (both the Bergen/Passaic and Southern New Jersey chapters). The event took place at the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset, N.J.

Diving for cash at a DC dive: Some candidates have been having fancy (and expensive) soirées at high-end restaurants but Rep. Jay Inslee, D-Wash., is bucking the trend. Inslee, who is running for governor of his home state, holds an event at 7 p.m. Wednesday at The Big Hunt, a grungy, safari-themed DuPont Circle drinking hole. Attendees are promised a chance to rub shoulders with the congressman and other Washington state Democrats: Sen. Patty Murray and Reps. Adam Smith and Jim McDermott,  as well as Smith’s chief of staff, Shana Chandler. Tickets to this event range from $1,000 for sponsors to $20 for students who pay online.

Presidential Partying: President Obama will be attending an event to help his Obama Victory Fund campaign on March 1. The Gala Reception, hosted by big names such as American business magnate, Russell Simmons, and famed alternative medicine guru Deepak Chopra, will be held in New York City. Ticket prices range from $35,800 to $1,000.

The Getaways: For those tired of the district’s bipolar weather and looking for a more active weekend, Rep. Ed Pastor, D-Ariz., will be having his 20th annual All Sports Weekend, from March 2 – 3. Tickets are $2,500 per person and include meals and all activities — golf, Grapefruit League baseball and an NBA game.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee will be hosting a Winter Retreat from March 2-4 in Palm Beach, Fla. Sens. Max Baucus (Montana), Bernie Sanders (Vermont), Debbie Stabenow (Michigan), Patty Murray (Washington) and Chris Coons (Delaware) are slated to attend.

Congressional Getaways Partytime • POSTED - 02.13.12 BY La Toya Gratten

This week’s fundraisers: Valentine’s Day, Mardi Gras and more

Love in the air – Stumped for what to get that special someone? Rep. Mike Michaud, D-Maine, is scheduled to have a Valentine’s Day breakfast on Tuesday.  Tickets range from $5,000 for hosts to $500 for individuals.

Money Makin’ Wednesday – According to Party Time records, there are 10 fundraisers scheduled for Wednesday, including a roundtable breakfast for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, a luncheon benefitting the Building a Majority PAC (Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md.), a dinner for Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Mich.

Laissez les bons temps rouler! – Two members of Congress will be escaping the Beltway’s for seasonally-themed fundraisers. Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., is scheduled to head to New Orleans on Friday for his Mardi Gras weekend event. He will barely miss Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., who hosts his own  Mardi Gras reception on Feb. 21. Prior to heading out to the Big Easy, West will headline a sunset reception Saturday  in Naples, Fla. The events in Naples and New Orleans are part of what West is dubbing his 1st Annual Florida Winter Trip.

Congressional Getaways Partytime • POSTED - 01.30.12 BY La Toya Gratten

This Week’s Fundraisers: Super Bowl Getaway, Groundhog Day, Coffee and Bagels and more

Super Bowl Party in Indianapolis – Rep. John Conyers, Jr. D-Mich., and America Forward PAC is scheduled to head to Super Bowl XLVI to watch the New York Giants go against the New England Patriots. The $5,000 super fan package includes one Super bowl ticket and two tickets to attend a luncheon.

Last year, the Moving America Forward PAC hosted a Super Bowl XLIV game and & Luncheon in Miami.

Huskies vs. Hoyas – On Wednesday, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., is scheduled to be at a fundraiser at the Verizon Center to watch the UConn Huskies take on the Georgetown Hoyas.  To attend the fundraiser and game, the suggested contribution is $1,500. According to the Ticketmaster website, there are still tickets available for $41.30, including fee.

Birthday Celebration – Rep. Larry Kissell, D-N.C., is scheduled to have a birthday reception on Tuesday, with Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C.  The suggested contribution to attend the birthday celebration starts at $5,000 to host and $500 for individual tickets.

Money Makin’ Thursday – According to Party Time records, Thursday will be busy day for both sides of the aisle. Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Ark., is scheduled to have a reception with special guest Rep. Paul Ryan, R- Wis. The Tuesday Group PAC is also scheduled to have a reception in the evening. After checking to see if the groundhog will see its shadow, Rep. Mark Critz, D-Pa. is scheduled to have a Groundhog Day breakfast.  The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee will be hosting the Good Life Council Lunch with Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb.

Coffee and Bagels – The RAD-PAC, associated with the American College of Radiology, is scheduled to host a Coffee and Bagels Meet and Greet with Republican Reps. Stephen Fincher, R-Tenn., and Tom Price,R-Ga., M.D.

Partytime • POSTED - 01.23.12 BY La Toya Gratten

This Week’s Fundraisers: Newt Gingrich in Florida, Birthday Celebration for Bilbray and Breakfast with Rangel

Newt in the Sunshine State – After coming off his victory in the South Carolina Primary win, the former speaker and presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is scheduled to attend the 2012 Lincoln Day Dinner on Saturday. Gingrich is listed on the invitation as the honored guest and speaker at the fundraiser that benefits the Orange County Republican Executive Committee.

For more on upcoming presidential fundraisers, check out our fundraiser tracker.

Washington Capitals Game – Capitals and Bruins fans, Rep. James McGovern, D-Mass., will be at the game tomorrow at the Verizon Center.

Happy Birthday! – Rep. Brian Bilbray, R-Calif., is scheduled to be in San Diego on Thursday for a birthday celebration dinner. To wish Bilbray happy birthday in person, tickets start at $2,500 per table and $250 per person.

Breakfast of Champions – A fundraising breakfast in honor of Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., is scheduled for Tuesday. The suggested contributions start at $2,000 for PACs and $500 for individuals.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee will be having a round table breakfast scheduled for Wednesday.

Super Congress Fundraisers • POSTED - 08.11.11 BY Keenan Steiner

Fundraisers already planned for Super Committee members

At least five members of the congressional Super Committee tasked with reducing the nation’s deficit are scheduled to hold or host fundraisers just as the panel will be beginning its work.

The lawmakers are Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., who is co-chairing the panel, and Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., along with Reps. James Clyburn, D-S.C., Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., and Dave Camp, R-Mich.

Murray, also the head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, is set to host a reception on Sept. 13—just days before the deadline for the committee to hold its first meeting.

A few weeks later, as the panel continues meeting, the compromise-seeking chair of the Senate Finance Committee Max Baucus has planned a fundraiser for his re-election. The event is hosted by the influential National Association of Realtors, a group that would fiercely fight any attempt by the powerful panel to cut the mortgage tax deduction, which was proposed by the Senate’s ‘Gang of Six,’ another recent group working on deficit reduction.

The NAR has spent over $10 million lobbying this year alone, the seventh highest sum among all organizations, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The association is the fourth highest political giver at the federal level since 1989, according to the CRP.

The 12-member committee has an unusual amount of power. Tasked with finding $1.2 trillion in deficit cuts, the panel has until before Thanksgiving to vote on a plan. If they agree to one, it would get fast-tracked through Congress—without the usual obstruction of procedural rules.

Clyburn, the House Assistant Minority Leader, is also headlining a fundraiser—benefiting Rep. Gabrille Giffords, D-Ariz.—just before the deadline for the panel’s first meeting.  On Sept. 7, the day the House reconvenes, Becerra, who also serves in the House Leadership, is using a Washington Nationals game to raise money for his leadership PAC. On the same day, Camp has planned a moneymaker, as first reported by Time Magazine.

In addition to Murray, the September DSCC fundraiser is also hosted by Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and other Senate Democrats. The autumn-themed event awards annual maxed-out donors (those giving $30,800 to the DSCC) with six tickets. Individual tickets can be had for $1,000.

That fundraiser is only one of a slew of fall events scheduled by the DSCC during the Super Committee’s deliberations. The group’s fall lineup includes at least six other fundraisers, and it’s not known if Murray will be attending any of those since very few details about the conference, retreat, brunch and other events are currently publicly known. Murray has headlined two other recent DSCC events, including one yesterday.


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