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Documenting the Political Partying Circuit
From the early hours of the morning until late in the evening, politicians are partying. Sunlight's PARTY TIME can help you find out who is partying, where and when.


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Congressional leadership leadership PACs • POSTED - 06.17.11 BY Patrick Simmons

Fundraising frenzy: Jeopardy, golf and more

With the end of the second quarter on the horizon, lawmakers are scheduling more than the usual number of fundraisers to get in as much campaign cash as they can before June 30. Party Time has received 162 invitations to congressional fundraisers scheduled for the last ten days of June.

These events run the gamut from the usual dinners and receptions to Rep. Rush Holt’s, D-N.J., 7th Annual Jeopardy Event. Attendees of the event will have to pay at least $250 for the honor of being bested by 5-time Jeopardy Champion Holt, a man who has even beaten IBM supercomputer Watson.

For those more interested in outdoor competition, two senators and their leadership PACs will be hosting golf events. On June 20, Sen. Richard Bur, R-N.C., and his Next Century PAC will be hitting the links at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainsville VA. The price to tee off will range from $1,000 to $2,5000. From June 24 to June 26, Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., will be on the greens at the Harbourtown Golf Course in St. Michaels, Maryland. Contributions will run $5,000 and be made to Cardin’s leadership PAC, LEGPAC.

Less than a month after her victory in the special election for New York’s 26th district, Rep. Kathy Hochul, D-N.Y., will be the beneficiary of a fundraiser for her 2012 re-election campaign. The fundraiser will be held on June 21 at the home of fellow New York Democratic representative Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y. Also present at the event to welcome Hochul into the fold will be freshmen Democratic representatives Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., and Terri Sewell, D-Ala. Listed contributions start at $250 and top out at $5,000.

Democrats will also be fundraising for another candidate in a special congressional election. A reception benefitting Janice Hahn, the Democrat in the special election to replace Jane Harman of California, is scheduled at the Democratic National Headquarters on June 22. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is headlining the event along with the Democratic house leadership including Steny Hoyer, D-Md., and Jim Clyburn, D-S.C. The invitation lists nineteen Democratic members of the California congressional delegation who will be there in support of the candidate as well.

lobbying special interest • POSTED - 05.25.11 BY Patrick Simmons

Labor groups raise funds for Democrats a week after warning from AFL-CIO President

The week after AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka suggested that the labor union would challenge Democrats who fail to support the movement, six Democrats are holding fundraisers targeted at unions. While the events were scheduled well in advance of Trumka’s speech at the National Press Club, his words may have these Democrats toeing the labor line.

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters are scheduled to host two fundraisers at their offices today. In the morning, Rep. Paul Tonko, D-N.Y.,  will stop by for a “Labor Breakfast” and collect contributions of $250 to $5,000 while Rep. Brad Miller, D-N.C., will be honored in the evening at a “Labor Reception” where the checks will be written for $500 to $2,500.

Two other Democrats benefited from labor fundraisers yesterday. Rep. Brian Higgins, D- N.Y., was scheduled to be honored at a reception hosted by the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, an AFL-CIO affiliate. The suggested contribution levels for the event ranged from $250 to $2,500.  At the same hour, Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., was the beneficiary of a “Labor Breakfast,” hosted by the Teamsters. Suggested contributions to the Deutch campaign were $1,000 for a guest, and $2,500 as a host.

Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., will be honored tomorrow with a “Labor Lunch” at the offices of the American Federation of Teachers, another AFL-CIO affiliated union. Suggested contributions for the event start at $1,500 and max out at $5,000.

Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., the number three Democrat in the House, was the beneficiary of a fundraiser at a “Labor Lunch” yesterday at the headquarters of the Communications Workers of America, an affiliate of the AFL-CIO. Clyburn’s relationship with labor is an interesting one as he represents a district in a right to work state with low union membership. Additionally his district borders an area in which Boeing has recently opened a new manufacturing facility, which prompted an allegation of union intimidation from the National Labor Relations Board. Boeing also contributed $10,000 to the 2010 reelection campaign of Rep. Clyburn.


Beneficiary: congressional candidate, lawmaker, or entity which collects funds raised at party

Host: person who is hosting party-often, but not always, a registered federal lobbyist

Venue Name: where the party is

Entertainment Type: type of gathering, such as "breakfast," "ski trip," "bowling"

Other Lawmakers Mentioned: lawmakers mentioned on invitation who are used as a draw for the event

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