Famed Chicago Sun-Times movie critic Roger Ebert died yesterday, taking with him the vast majority of mankind’s opinion on film. Whether he was critiquing bombs like Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo (“Speaking in my official capacity as a Pulitzer Prize winner, Mr. Schneider, your movie sucks.”), or praising an all-time great like Citizen Kane (“It is one of the miracles of cinema that in 1941 a first-time director; a cynical, hard-drinking writer; an innovative cinematographer, and a group of New York stage and radio actors were given the keys to a studio and total control, and made a masterpiece.”), Ebert will always be remembered for telling it like it is.
Party Time honors him today with a special edition round up: “I’ll See You At the Parties.”
In Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s latest fundraiser, the viewer sees the continuation of a months-long identity crisis — a man struggling to transition from the small-screen to the big-screen. Now Booker stars in a new production titled “NYC Cocktail Reception,” which will be released on Tuesday. With a $1,000 price tag, it’s hosted and directed by Barry Coller, whom you may know in his current recurring role as Physician-in-Chief at Rockefeller University Hospital. This fundraiser is part of a larger story about expectations, and one man’s journey to achieve them — or boldly renounce them. Much like Ben Braddock choosing between “plastics” and Mrs. Robinson in The Graduate, Booker faces his own dilemma: will he continue on his path to the Senate as everyone believes, or will he reject this and spend his days in Newark? This exclusive funder film may help viewers find out.
Republican Double Features Are Must-See Entertainment
Three GOP senators will be starring in double fundraising features this week, so save up some money, viewers. One doubleheader comes to us from Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla. His first feature, “Transportation Lunch,” premiers at the American Trucking Association townhouse on Thursday and is hosted by the PACs of the American Trucking Association and the Road & Transport Builders Association — both of which donated to Inhofe in the last election. It’s an outright masterpiece; a complicated love story full of entangled, embattled characters competing over the Oklahoman’s affection — and his lawmaking power. A touching study of the dynamic human-PAC relationship, this funder comes with an entry price of up to $2,500 for committees, $1,000 for individuals. Inhofe displays his acting chops by switching to a campy project called “The 2nd Annual Striper Fishing Tournament” that starts on Friday and ends the next day. Full of action, excitement, laughs and (literally) boatloads of money, it’s a G-rated event that’s fun for the whole family. If you can afford to bring your whole family to something that costs $1,500 per person and $3,000 per PAC.
A veteran of the party circuit, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, will also be unveiling two funders this week. The first is his highly-anticipated “Breakfast with Special Guest Sen. Ron Johnson,” out on Tuesday, where two mega-stars team up to generate some serious moolah for Hatch’s leadership PAC. Expect a strong acting performance from Hatch, who has a multitude of experience in fundraising performances over the years. This funder exposes Hatch as a character not without his flaws, one that has a profound void that exists within — one that can only be filled with cash. To help him achieve self-actualization, guests may pay a maximum of $5,000. And PT could not forget the spellbinding epic “Breakfast,” a magnum opus that allows viewers to feel the invigorating touch of life itself. Directed and hosted by major drug distributor AmeriSourceBergen, this Thursday funder promises to be one of the major events of the year. For a maximum contribution of $5,000, viewers can bask in the glory that is “Breakfast.”
Continuing the funder film festival is a Tuesday “Reception” starring Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., with an ensemble cast of famous lobbyists: John Milne, Roy Coffee, Allen Shofe and more. The sequel arrives the very next day, as Alexander will reprise his role as “Senator from Tennessee” with “Breakfast“ at Mastercard worldwide. Mastercard also picks up a director credit, as they are hosting the event. Both of these flicks are on the expensive side, costing up to $2,500 per PAC and $1,000 per person. Alexander is quickly becoming an A-lister by starring in no fewer than 10 funders this year alone.
Fleetwood Mac Concert a Triumph for Guthrie, Shimkus
Legendary rock band Fleetwood Mac rolls into D.C. on Tuesday for a thought-provoking Verizon Center concert that a couple lawmakers are using to raise some cash. The first event stars Rep. Brett Guthrie as a rigid Republican from Kentucky, who nevertheless reveals himself to be unequivocally, undeniably human throughout the evening. This event forces the viewer to realize that no one can escape the power of music, not even uptight Washington suits — and it makes for a great party. PACs can get a ticket to this special evening for just $1,000.
Guthrie’s co-star is Rep. John Shimkus, R-Ill., his own party a tour-de-force that is not to be missed. The deep, symbiotic relationship between Shimkus and Fleetwood Mac fills the viewer with audacious hope: Hope for boatloads of cash, hope for re-election in 2014. Shimkus has added an element of neo-noir mystery to the fundraiser, as PT has no idea how much it costs. If anyone can snag a pair of tickets to this concert funder, share with us here!
All these fundraisers scored a rock-solid two thumbs up. Remember, folks: There’s no good party too long, and no bad party short enough. See you at the parties!
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“Daddy, Mommy — where were you when the legendary snowquester hit?”
This is a question literally no one will ever be asked. Left with a grand total of zero inches of snow, Washington crumbled in the cruel wake of what could only be described as a pounding hard drizzle with an absolute torrent of breezy snow flurries. As always, D.C. proved its renowned wimpiness by shutting down everything, including the federal government, the second those fear mongers at the Capital Weather Gang mentioned the word “snow.” It even prompted several lawmakers to postpone their most sacred duty — fundraising, of course. At least three Washington area parties were rescheduled, including those of Reps. Ben Cardin, D-Md., and Jim Himes, D-Conn. (note the time change at the top of each invite). One thing the snowquester (ugh) didn’t stop was Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., filibustering — excuse me, filiblizzarding (double ugh) – Obama’s nominee for CIA Director, John Brennan. Paul put on an inspiring display of inefficiency, holding the Senate floor for over 12 hours to question the legitimacy of America’s drone program. But that’s not all — the National Republican Senatorial Committee even took advantage of this display of moral principle to collect some cash on the side. We here at Party Time say “bravo” to that.
Spitzer Stumps for Markey
Senate hopeful Ed Markey, D-Mass., has become a staple in the PT database as the race to fill John Kerry’s seat heats up. Now he’s enlisting the help of Eliot Spitzer to raise some necessary cash for his campaign. Spitzer and his long-suffering (to put it mildly) wife, Silda, are listed as hosts for a March 13 reception at his sister Emily’s house. This association has come under fire from the GOP, which suggests that Markey shouldn’t pair up with the disgraced Spitzer, who lost his job as New York governor after an earlier visit to Washington that didn’t work out quite so well. Markey’s campaign has held firm about the event, however, retorting: “If the Massachusetts GOP really cared about campaign finance issues they would take its potential nominees to task for refusing to sign the people’s pledge.” The reference is to a proposed deal to bar the use of funds from outside groups like super PACs. Tickets to the event run from $5,000 to $500.
Markey will also be the beneficiary of a March 11 reception at Regis College. He’ll be seeking votes in the wealthy town of Weston, Mass. — among the 100 most affluent towns (with at least 1,000 households) in the entire nation, in fact. Sounds like a great place to party! Tickets to this event run from $5,200 to just $100.
The Billionaire and the Bubba
Terry McAuliffe, who’s running as a Democrat for Virginia governor, partnered with Bill Clinton just last week to fundraise, and now they’re already back at it. The home of hedge fund billionaire Marc Lasry in New York City is the spot for this March 13 reception, where Clinton’s former Chief Advisor Doug Band will also be hosting. Turns out that all these guys are longtime friends: Band, Clinton and McAuliffe have all worked together for the Dems, while Lasry has opened his home for multiple blue funders that Clinton and others have attended. It’s been effective in the past, so it’s no surprise they’re performing an encore. Prices are TBD for this one, so if you’ve got the details let us know by uploading it here!
Campaign Kick-Off Craze
Springtime is often seen as a time of rebirth or new beginnings, and since it’s right around the corner, what better symbolic time to hold a campaign’s first funder! PT’s got a grand total of five parties next week with the word “kick-off” in the title. Without further ado, let’s kick off this list of kick-offs:
After all those kick-offs, it seems lawmakers need a new way to say that. At least Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., used the word “debut” for a March 14 luncheon benefitting his brand new “Healthcare Freedom Fund.” Located at Republican hotspot the Capitol Hill Club, this meal runs anywhere from $5,000 to $500.
Legislative Ladies Do Lunch
It’s appropriate that today, International Women’s Day, PT covers Rep. Terri Sewell’s 2nd Annual Ultimate Ladies’ Power Lunch on March 14. She’s teaming up with special guest Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., to celebrate the women in Congress and around the country. It’s taking place at the Credit Union House, owned by every statewide credit union trade association. Tickets for lunch cost up to $5,000/PAC and $2,500/personal. But wait — is Sewell skirting the laws of “annual?” She’s also hosting an event billed as a “2nd Annual Ultimate Ladies’ Power Lunch” today! This one is in her home state Alabama and features Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., costing only $1,000 to $100 for entry. Two “annual” lunches in one week? What gives, Terri?
Catsimatidis Crowds the Theaters
In this week’s unusual department, NYC Republican mayoral candidate, and supermarket/oil billionaire, John Catsimatidis has brought some innovation to the partying game. He spent upwards of $60,000 buying up all the tickets to 10 performances of “The Little Flower,” a one-man show by Tony Lo Bianco about former New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia. Catsimatidis is giving away all the tickets to schools, senior centers and GOP groups — but is turning one of them into a fundraiser (which show is still unknown). The reason for this play: “About six, seven years ago, [the] first time I saw the play, it inspired me and I said, ‘I want to become mayor and make the difference in this city the way Fiorello LaGuardia made,’” said Catsimatidis. PT has certainly never seen anything like this.
Until next time, Partiers!
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Thanksgiving has come and gone, and Black Friday has launched that super-commercialized door-busting retail onslaught, also known as the holiday season. Much like shoppers rushing out at 4 a.m. to snag the best deals, politicians are hustling in the weeks after Election Day to throw parties and raise some serious holiday dough.
Check out the highlights below, and send us your invites here!
2014, Start Your Engines
If you thought you were safe from political campaigning, think again. Some politicians have already started preparing for their 2014 bids, beginning with some old fashioned partying. Class II Senators Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., and Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., are both hosting fundraisers in the upcoming week, despite their elections being two years away.
Chambliss is making his desire clear with the “Quarterly Max-Out Reception,” not so subtly suggesting that donors contribute as much as they can to the campaign. The suggested price for this Monday event at the Capitol Hill Club is $5,000 for PACs and $2,500 for individuals, the maximum amount allowed for one election cycle. What a coincidence!
Inhofe is celebrating his birthday with style at the “Annual Joe’s Stone Crab Reception” on Wednesday. For as much as $2,500 or as little as $500, you too can enjoy Florida stone crab right here in D.C! (But that’s not as impressive as it sounds, however, as the crab can be found in places like Texas and Connecticut…) The event name refers to the famous Joe’s Stone Crab restaurant in Miami Beach, which is turning 100 next year. If you can’t make it to the party but still want some tasty crab, you’re in luck – Joe’s delivers all across the continental U.S.
Lose Some, Lose Some More
For Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, R, Election Day didn’t go as planned. His political committee, RANDPAC, bet against all the wrong candidates, resulting in a total success rate of 0% – and a loss of $500,000. Check the races he influenced (or tried to) below from Follow the Unlimited Money:
Ouch, that hurts. Perhaps to offset these losses, Paul will be hosting a luncheon on Nov. 29 at fundraising favorite Johnny’s Half Shell. Admission will cost up to $5,000 to sponsor, up to $2,500 to host, and up to $1,000 to attend. Just 500 attendees and he’ll be in the clear!
Debt Retirement Alert
Tea Party favorite Ted Cruz, R-Texas, recently prevailed in his Senate race, and now he needs to pay off some of that burdensome campaign debt – about $1.2 million of it. To accomplish this, Cruz is doubling up on Wednesday, hosting a $2,000 “Debt Retirement Reception” followed by a $5,000 “Debt Retirement Dinner” with a special guest, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. Party Time covered the world of debt retirement fundraisers earlier this month – check it out!
Crapo Does Double Time
Senior Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo (it’s pronounced “Cray-poe”!) isn’t taking an extended Thanksgiving break, getting right back to his busy Washington schedule – of partying, that is. Crapo is pulling a double ‘draiser, hosting two benefits on Tuesday. He’ll fill up with a $2,000/$1,000 lunch, take an afternoon siesta, and then head over to Charlie Palmer’s for a dinner at the same price point. If Crapo is still eating that much food soon after a Thanksgiving meal, maybe he deserves the money.
Just like Black Friday has encroached upon other holidays, with some stores this year opening at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, fundraising season is chewing up more of the political calendar — just ask Mitch McConnell, who held a $2,500 dinner the night after the election.
Perhaps lawmakers should follow the “Buy Nothing Day” movement, an international day of protest against high-octane consumerism, and chill their fundraising efforts. Activities of Buy Nothing Day include: The Whirl-Mart, where participants silently steer their shopping carts around a store in a “long, baffling conga line” without putting anything in them; and the Zombie Walk, where people wander around malls staring at shoppers with a blank expression on their face. I have a feeling that some politicians wouldn’t be so bad at that last one.
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As convention season continues in all its glories, the time has come to shift gears — or rather, switch aisles — as we move from the Republican convention into the Democratic convention events.
As far as party tallies go, the Democrats have left the Republicans in the dust. Party Time has logged more than 400 events in Charlotte, about double the entertainment schedule in Tampa. As for the non-convention invites, this week we only have a few, but those include two for the Romney campaign.
Here are the highlights:
The Dems flock to the Old North State: As the Republicans leave Florida, the Democrats head to North Carolina, where President Obama eked out a 2008 victory that he’d like to repeat this fall. Some of the more offbeat events on the Democratic convention party calendar:
On Sunday, amidst all the delegation welcome parties the Democratic National Convention will be hosting a class on formal dining etiquette at the Academy of Etiquette & Charm in Charlotte. Mayhap it is an opportunity for attendees to brush up on their manners before attending the many breakfasts, brunches, lunches, receptions and dinners that the convention featurs. So, if you are a little bit nervous on this front before attending your parties, bring your $75 and be prepared for a two hour lesson and a three course training meal (an empty stomach may be best for this part!).
Prepare for the zombie apocalypse! Actually not really, but something pretty close. IMPACT Film Festival is sponsoring a screening of How to Survive a Plague at the convention on Tuesday at the Mez & EpiCentre Theatre at 10 a.m.
Late that same evening, the Planned Parenthood Action Fund will be hosting a Sex, Politics and Cocktails party. Fund President Cecile Richards will be featured at the party. There is no record for the cost of this event.
Nuns on the Bus is a Thursday event sponsored by Network, a national Catholic social justice lobby. It’s a bus tour that has traveled cross country to showcase the work of the Catholic sisters, according to the invite. The invite indicates that the sisters will also talk about the downsides of the budget proposed by GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee.
For those who wouldn’t want to miss out on their daily workout during their convention trip, the Democrats have you covered. From Tuesday to Thursday, Center for Integrative Medicine and Wellness will be hosting a Zumba/Cardio Funk Dance Fitness session. This event is also free and open to the public.
Obama Campaign in Cali: As a celebration of President Barack Obama’s re-nomination, the Obama Victory Fund will be hosting a reception on Thursday at the private home of some Los Angeles supporters. In order to help host the event, individuals are asked to hand up $1,000. A “supporter couple” gets in for $750 while an individual supporter coughs up $500.
Romney campaign back to fundraising: So far we know of two fundraisers for the Republican ticket. On Wednesday, the Salt Lake City Tribune has learned, VP candidate Paul Ryan will be in Utah’s capital for a reception, where tickets run from $1,000 to $25,000. There’s this invite for a Thursday reception that actor Robert Duvall will be hosting at his home in Virginia horse country for well-known equestrienne Ann Romney. Is the Republican ticket holding other fundraising events? Let us know.
Hunting Doves in Oklahoma: If you love dove hunting, or are just interested in trying something new, Rep. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., will be having his 8th Annual Oklahoma Dove Hunt at the Quartz Mountain Lodge and Resort in picturesquely-named Lone Wolf, Okla. Tickets run from $250 for a reception without the hunt to $2,500 for a “gold level” political action committee, according to the registration form on the Inhofe campaign’s website.Tweet
Free as a Bird – Just in time for Thanksgiving, several lawmakers will be out hunting this week. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., got an early start shooting fowl this morning at a farm in King George, Va. for his leadership PAC. From Thursday through Sunday, the National Republican Senatorial Committee, with special guests Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., and Richard Burr, R-N.C., is putting on a cabin retreat weekend in Georgia chock full of rugged activities: that includes “one-on-one” boar and deer hunting, quail hunting, sporting clays, “unlimited” golf, access to a fishing boat, and tennis—all in exchange for a $5,000 contribution plus hunting and lodging fees. Not to be outdone, Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., is putting on a quail hunt weekend of his own, also in Georgia, this weekend.
Libations for Larson –The Capitol Hill townhouse of U.K.-based beverage Giant Diageo is the site of a “Tequila and Oyster Tasting” tomorrow night for John Larson, D-Conn., the chair of the House Democratic Caucus. The event may be a reminder that Diageo, the maker of Captain Morgan rum and Johnnie Walker whiskey, also distributes Jose Cuervo tequila (and has been in talks this year to purchase the brand). This attractive event commands donations between $1,000 and $5,000.
Birthday Bashes – Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., will be busy with two birthday celebration fundraisers this week. The first is a birthday reception tomorrow at the lobby shop Twenty First Century Group. The second will be at Park 52 Restaurant in Chicago this Saturday. That party will cost $5,000 to chair and $2,500 to co-host, but individuals can get in for as little as $150.
Tomorrow night, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and a host of other GOP senators will be throwing Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., a “Joe’s Stone Crab Reception” birthday party at an office suite near the Capitol. The cost to attend is $1,000 for PACs and $500 for individuals.
The Big 4-0! Rep. Tom Reed, R-N.Y., has landed about two dozen colleagues (including Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.) to entice supporters to celebrate his landmark birthday at the American Trucking Associations‘ digs Wednesday evening, according to the invitation. It’s free for the lawmakers but not for everyone else—PACs are paying $1,000 or $2,500 and individuals are paying $140 or $240 (a relatively low ask for these kinds of events).
Jersey Boys with Jersey Senator – Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., will be using the musical Jersey Boys, playing at the National Theatre, to fundraise tomorrow evening. After the performance, he has invited donors to a private reception at the Helen Hayes Lounge. Tickets cost $2,500.
Cyber lunch – Rep. Yvette Clarke, D-N.Y., is putting on a lunch fundraiser tomorrow targeted at “High Tech, Cyber and Homeland Security” industry donors at Art & Soul. The contribution levels are $2,500 for co-hosts, $1,000 for PACs and $250 for individuals.
For a comprehensive list of this week’s fundraisers, check out our upcoming events page.Tweet
We’re rounding out September with six more health care related fundraisers including three events that were planned yesterday (and the parties I blogged about here and here). We now have invitations to at least seventeen health care fundraisers for the month.
Matt Sulkala, David Thomas, Israel Klein, Paul Brathwaite and Laura Harper are just a few of the hosts listed on Rep. Glenn Nye’s (D-VA) “Young Professionals Birthday Beers” bash tonight at 201 Lounge.
Brathwaite and Klein (of the Podesta Group) represent Covidien–”a $10 billion global health care products leader.” Laura Harper represents Blue Cross Blue Shield and Matt Sulkala lobbies for industry group PhRMA. David Thomas, a lobbyist with Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti Inc, represents pharmaceutical companies such as Merck, AstraZeneca, Abbott Laboratories, Biogen and Forest Laboratories and PhRMA.
JD Derderian, who represents US Oncology, is hosting a reception for Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA) at the Stanton Park Group offices on the 29th.
Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) and Sens. Bob Bennett (R-UT) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) are closing out September with receptions on the 30th with at least 14 health care lobbyist hosts between their three invitations (you can find those lobbyists’ names below).
To see clients for lobbyists hosting events click on individuals’ names: Louis Dupart, JD Derderian, Laura Harper, Mark Rayder, Hunter Bates, Nelson Litterst, Jocelyn Hong, Matt Sulkala, David Thomas, Israel Klein, Paul Brathwaite, Adam Olsen, George Baker, Doyce Boesch, Rick Murphy, Bill Brewster, John Bode, David Jones, Joel White Erin Graefe, Beth Jafari,Billy Piper, Charlie Harman.Tweet
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