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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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Partytime • POSTED - 09.29.09 BY Nancy Watzman

Lawmakers party with U2 tonight

Tonight’s U2 concert at FedEx field has attracted at least four congressional fundraisers–three of them for Republicans. (Click here to see the full list.)

Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA) is asking for contributions ranging from $1,000 (per individual) to $2,500 (two tix for a PAC host). His invitation provides a long list of his committee assignments, starting with the powerful Appropriations committee.

Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) wants $2,500 per PAC, $1,000 per individual. His invitation also points out his committee assignments–and the fact that he is deputy whip.

Rep. John Shadegg (R-AZ) requests the most cash–$3,000 for one ticket or $5,000 for two.

And Rep. Melissa Bean (D-IL) is asking for between $1,000 and $2,500 for her leadership PAC, BEAN PACHer invitation points out that the congresswoman sits on the House Financial Services committee.


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

Sunlight's Party Time is a project to track parties for members of Congress or congressional candidates that happen all year round in Washington, D.C. and beyond. (read more)

We also post information we receive about parties where members of Congress are expected to participate—such as convention or inaugural parties.

Since we don't hear about all the parties, you can also tell us if you know where the party is and we don't.