Politicians continue to crisscross the country for campaign cash this week, and Party Time is the only place with all of the details. We’ve got our finger on the pulse of the who, what, where and when of political fundraising from sea to shining sea.
As you look at what’s cracking on the party circuit this week, what are we missing, dear friends? If you’ve got a fundraiser invite or know of an event in the works, you know what to do: Share with Party Time! Upload invites right here, or you can email us whatever you’ve got.
Quick housekeeping note: Although political partying is the only kind of partying that never truly stops, PT is going to take a bit of a summer break. We will continue to collect invitations – so keep them coming! – but our blog won’t be updated as regularly.
With that out of the way, let’s take a quick look at your week in fundraising!
– Hillary Clinton continues her breakneck pace of fundraising this week with five events in three days. The Democratic presidential candidate starts on Monday in the D.C. suburb of Bethesda with a fundraiser at the home of Susan Ness, the former head of the Federal Communications Commission. On Tuesday, Clinton parties at a $2,700-per-person D.C. funder, and then heads north on Wednesday for a trio of events in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. She glad-hands donors in Boston and in its swanky suburb of Chestnut Hill before traveling to East Greenwich for a fundraiser hosted by long-time Clinton buddies Mark Weiner and Joe Paolino.
– On the heels of Sen. Rand Paul’s almost-filibuster of the PATRIOT Act and news that his presidential committee hasn’t yet snagged a deep-pocketed benefactor, the Kentucky Republican hits the road for a string of fundraiser appearances. On Tuesday evening, Paul delivers the keynote at the Baltimore County Republican Party’s Lincoln/Reagan Dinner, where tickets start at $100. And on Friday, he makes his way west to California, where he will headline the Republican Party of Orange County’s 16th Annual Flag Day Salute. But Paul isn’t just partying for others: On June 7, he had a fundraiser up in Massachusetts for his own campaign coffers.
– Speaking of Sen. Rand Paul and well-heeled donors, many eagle-eyed politicos thought he had the support of tech industry giant Larry Ellison, since the senator headlined a GOP fundraiser last October at the billionaire’s Bay Area home. But this week, Ellison shows he’s got his eye – and checkbook – trained on a different candidate. On Tuesday, Ellison hosts a four-figure fundraiser for presidential hopeful Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.
– Last week, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., announced he is running for president and then quickly threw a fundraiser for that race. Come Wednesday, Graham will have another party, but his one is for his Senate leadership PAC, the Fund for America’s Future. Clearly this guy just loves a good party (and the campaign cash it brings)!
And that’s a wrap on your week in political parties! What have we missed and what have you heard about? Let us know!Tweet
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.
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 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.Tweet
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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