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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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Mega-giver Sheldon Adelson and GOP bigwigs push African American conservative for Congress

They’re ba-a-a-ack! Some of the Republican Party’s most munificent bankrollers, Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam, are co-hosting a fundraiser in Las Vegas next week where they’ll be joined by an eclectic list of other GOP boldfaced names. Among them: Jeb Bush Jr. (son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, nephew of former President George W. Bush and grandson of former President George H.W. Bush) and Herman Cain, inventor of the immortal 9-9-9 plan.

They’re all gathering at the 8,100-square-foot, $1.5 million home of Las Vegas businessman and unsuccessful mayoral candidate Victor Chaltiel to launch what they hope will be a a congressional challenge by one of those political rarity of rarities: an African American Tea Partier.

The focus of all the conservative GOP hope and moolah (ticket prices for the Tuesday bash range from $500 to $5,200): Niger Innis, a conservative commentator and National Outreach Director for, as well as the group’s national spokesperson. Innis also is the son of Roy Innis, an iconoclastic civil rights leader who has headed the Congress of Racial Equality since 1968.

Funds raised at the event go to the Niger Innis Action Fund, an exploratory committee apparently aimed at funding Innis, a resident of North Las Vegas, in an as-yet unofficial campaign to oust freshman Democratic Rep. Steven Horsford. Horsford currently represents Nevada’s 4th Congressional District.

The support of Adelson, the force behind the Las Vegas Sands Corp., certainly bodes well for Innis’ financial prospects. The casino magnate has become the face of big money in politics and when he’s not publicly musing about a nuclear attack on Iran, he’s often devoting time and money to electing Republican candidates to office.A Sunlight report in Dec. 2012 found that Adelson and his wife had contributed over $92 million to outside spending groups — just in the year 2012.

Also listed on the host committee: campaign finance lawyer and Tea Party activist Dan Backer, Esq. of DB Capitol Strategies. Backer, who also acts as the treasurer for many conservative PACs, is representing plaintiff Shaun McCutcheon in the ongoing Supreme Court case that could overturn existing aggregate contribution limits.

As reported by Jon Ralston, Innis and co. may be emboldened by incumbent Horsford’s weak fundraising numbers. To date, the Dem has raised less than $500,000 in 2013. Should he officially declare his candidacy, the conservative pundit will have to weather a primary battle with Las Vegas councilman Cresent Hardy, who recently declared his intent to run.

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2012 Presidential Race Partytime • POSTED - 11.17.11 BY La Toya Gratten

Gingrich helping local Iowan Candidate and Gov. Barbour and Cain join forces in Florida

Yesterday presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, R-GA., was scheduled to headline a breakfast fundraising event in Urbandale, Iowa for Jeff Mullen, who is running for the state Senate. Cost was $35 for an individual and $50 for a couple.

Mullen told the Iowa Republican “I know Iowans are being bombarded with Presidential Candidates this close to the Iowa Caucus but we’ve got to keep in mind that our Iowa Senate is at a pivotal position.”

Earlier this week Gingrich saw a surge in the polls, after suffering campaign setbacks last summer. News also broke this week, however, that Gingrich earned at least $1.6 million consulting for mortgage company Freddie Mac, which is putting him under new scrutiny. On Wednesday the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held hearings criticizing Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae for lavish bonuses to executives.

Gov. Harley Barbour, R-Miss., and presidential candidate Herman Cain will be joining forces at the 2011 Statesman of the Year Dinner in Sarasota, Fla.  Barbour, a former Republican National Committee chairman, is being honored at this event to benefit the Republican Party of Sarasota County. In October, Barbour told The Hill that his wife would vote for Cain if the election were on that day.

2012 Presidential Race • POSTED - 11.02.11 BY La Toya Gratten

Iowa GOP dinner woos donors, features presidential candidates

Most of the major GOP presidential candidates are scheduled to speak at an annual fundraiser honoring Ronald Reagan for the Iowa Republican Party Friday night, at an event where a ten-person VIP table costs $1,500.

Nine presidential candidates were invited but frontrunners Mitt Romney and Herman Cain will not be there . Both will be attending Washington, D.C. summit put on by Americans for Prosperity, a conservative nonprofit backed by the billionaire Koch brothers. Romney will be delivering an address on fiscal policy. But candidates Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., Ron Paul, R-Texas, Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum will be speaking at the Iowa event. Here’s a speaking schedule from the Des Moines Register.

That high price tag will get donors ten seats, along with two tickets to the host reception which kicks off the event. The prices go down from there: a non-VIP table of ten is $1,000, a “premium reserve” seat is $150, and general seating is $75. The invitation was posted on the Iowa Republican Party’s website.

The Republican presidential candidates are preparing to face off at the Iowa Caucus on Jan. 3.

CSPAN-2 will be providing live coverage at the event.


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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