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Uncategorized • POSTED - 02.17.14 BY Palmer Gibbs

PT Round-up: Biden parties in Minneapolis, Paul Ryan heads to New Hampshire, Chris Christie continues collecting cash

Happy long weekend, partiers! We hope you are all snuggled up against the snow and cold, and enjoying the annual national tip of the hat to our famous presidents.

Our current politicians are piggybacking on the winter break theme with a handful of seasonally appropriate parties: the National Republican Senatorial Committee has its Winter Retreat this week; Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, hits the slopes, and Rep. Juan Vargas, D-Calif., trades in the cold for a weekend of golfing in California. Plus, Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday goes to Minneapolis and First Lady Michelle Obama on Thursday hits New York City, both raising money for the Democratic National Committee.

We got a stack of party invites with some big-ticket names this week, but we just know there’s more going on. Party people, what have you heard about out there? Email us your tips and news clippings, or upload invites here.

And now, for some parties!

Christie on the calendar

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie can’t seem to get enough of the party circuit. It’s been a busy 2014 already, with multiple stops in Florida and Texas, plus last week’s threefer in Chicago. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that during his Windy City tour, Christie brought in $1 million for the Republican Governors Association, of which he is the chairman.

The George Washington Bridge scandal and questions about Hurricane Sandy fund allocation may still be brewing back home – and talking heads can’t get enough of the “Christie as Kryptonite” storyline – but no matter: The guy can deliver the goods. Multiple news outlets reported last week that the RGA brought in a record $6 million in January.

The traveling/speaking/fundraising continues this week, with a stop on Tuesday at the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s Winter Retreat in New York. GOP senators will be strategizing about how to take advantage of the continued drama around the Affordable Care Act’s roll out and cheerleading for Senate seat pickups that could give them the majority come November. Christie then hops down to D.C. for a weekend meeting with the bipartisan National Governors Association. Rumor has it that RGA events are in the works around the weekend event; let us know what you’ve heard about!

New Hampshire heats up

Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is stopping in at downtown Manchester’s Radisson on Tuesday for a fundraiser for Frank Guinta, who is running to reclaim his 1 st District House seat. Ryan was supposed to do the event in October, but canceled because of the government shutdown. In a big get for Guinta, the pair will be joined by Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H. (who is, apparently, eschewing that day’s NRSC Winter Retreat).

Guinta and the incumbent, Democrat Carol Shea-Porter, have been swapping the seat in the past few elections. Shea-Porter served two terms after being elected in 2006, but then lost in 2010 to Guinta, the former mayor of Manchester. Shea-Porter won back the seat in 2012; last September, Guinta announced he would run again in 2014.

But before he can go head-to-head with Shea-Porter, Guinta faces a primary fight against Dan Innis, a gay Republican and business professor. Although his business community connections may help him out on the fundraising front, our Real-Time tracker shows that, so far, Guinta is leading the money game.

Golfing in San Diego

Rep. Juan Vargas, D-Calif., will be warming up in sunny SoCal with Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., during a weekend getaway full of golfing and fundraising. According to PT data, this may be Vargas’ first foray into the congressional pastime of combining recreational weekend fun with raising campaign cash. But if you know of getaways featuring the freshman that we missed, let us know!

Hitting the links may also provide him a break from some of the negative news swirling around him. In January, U-T San Diego reported that Ravnett Singh, the CEO of D.C.-based firm ElectionMall, was arrested and charged with conspiring to channel money from a Mexican businessman into several San Diego races. The federal complaint didn’t name names, but said one of the four politicians involved ran for a federal post in 2012. When the Voice of San Diego asked him about it, Vargas played the cannot-confirm-or-deny card, telling the news outlet, “I am shocked at these claims and, if true, am offended by the actions of these individuals.”

Yep, definitely time for some golf.

… and skiing in Utah

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, is peacing out and heading home. After a rough week for Republicans – see: the recent debt ceiling vote, and, perhaps more dramatic, the cloture vote preceding it – the first-term senator is heading to Snowbird’s Cliff Lodge on Wednesday for some quality time on the slopes (and in the lounge with donors). Get ready to throw down at least $1,500 for the midweek excursion.

Dinner with Joe

Vice President Joe Biden will take a break from creating gif-tastic moments this week with a fundraising stop in Minneapolis. He’ll be raising campaign cash for the DNC Wednesday evening during dinner at the Bachelor Farmer, owned by Gov. Mark Dayton’s sons, Eric and Andrew. President Obama visited the restaurant in 2012; if you know what’s on the menu for the VP’s get-together, we want to know all about it. Send any details (pictures perhaps?) here.

By the way, Biden’s got a few pretty enviable weeks – first the Minneapolis feast, and then he gets to hang with Seth Meyers during the comedian’s first “Late Night” episode. It’s hard work, but someone’s got to do it.

That’s the week, party people! Keep us posted about any parties that are brewing out there.

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Uncategorized • POSTED - 02.03.14 BY Palmer Gibbs

PT Round-up: Florida funders, Pelosi in Philly, Rand Paul goes red, white and blue, and Mark Udall heads to Vail

Party people, we are just about recovered from the State of the Union – we’ve sifted through our fair share of Joe Biden memes and watched that video of Rep. Michael Grimm lose it. We’ve even made our own version of the speech with Sunlight’s State of the Union Machine.

Politicians of every stripe took advantage of the all-eyes-on-Washington week and fundraised their tails off (Sen. Mitch McConnell had morning and evening events last Wednesday; First Lady Michelle Obama told donors to “write a big fat check” at one of her four California events). The trend looks to continue into this week, with a busy social calendar for heavy-hitters in D.C., Florida and Pennsylvania, plus a swanky weekend getaway to Vail, Colo.

The schedule is busy, but we are confident there are other parties happening out there that we haven’t heard about. Know of anything good going on? Email us those invites and newspaper clippings, or use our handy-dandy (and confidential) upload feature.

And now, for some parties!

Fundraising for Florida

Florida never fails to entertain. A perpetual swing state full of close local races – not to mention the competing (and entertaining) fundraising forces of Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist – Florida will yet again compel all of politics to pay hyper-close attention.

This go-around, it’s a special election to fill the seat of the late Rep. Bill Young, who died last October. Although the Republican kept his 13 th District in the GOP column for 42 years, the nonpartisan Rothenberg Political Report ranks the seat as one of six “pure toss-up” races of 2014. Translation: Fasten your seatbelts.

Republicans already duked it out during a contentious primary in January. State Rep. Kathleen Peters ultimately lost to David Jolly, but not before she routinely referred to him as a lobbyist (yep) and charged that he worked in favor of President Obama’s health care law (nope). Jolly was no saint, either; according to the Tampa Bay Times, a Jolly mailer said Peters wouldn’t “take a stand” on the health care law even though she consistently said she was against it.

Things didn’t get much better after the primary. The Times reported that Peters, name-checking Jolly’s lobbying career again, wasn’t ready to endorse her party’s candidate quite yet. “Is there going to be trust there? That’s been my concern all along, and that’s where I think we’re going to be weakened,” Peters told the Times.

But just a few weeks later, and Peters is ready to belt out “Kumbaya” with the best of them. She will be partying Wednesday morning (at, yawn, 7:30 a.m.) with Jolly and virtually every other elected state-level Republican in Florida. Gov. Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi, Florida CFO Jeff Atwater, state GOP Chairman Lenny Curry and a fistful of state senators and representative are throwing their support behind Jolly at the Tallahassee reception.

That kind of across-the-board support is exactly what Alex Sink has been enjoying for months now. Democrats lined up behind their 13th District contender from the get-go, labeling her a “jumpstart” candidate, which translates into extra hands on deck for her campaign. In December, Dem leaders threw her a fundraiser in D.C., and on Wednesday evening, a similar cast of characters will party with her at the DNC’s headquarters. Tickets start at $250 for individuals and cap out at $5,000 for PACs.

Sink, Florida’s former CFO, has a significant cash advantage over Jolly. She raised more than $1 million in the last months of 2013 (including a noteworthy $1,000 contribution from Charlie Crist), and recorded a one-day haul of $31,500 earlier this month. Jolly raised $388,450 at the end of 2013, and has since brought in an additional $35,700.

Pelosi in Pennsylvania

Democratic leadership will kick in support for some of its other “jumpstart” candidates on Thursday. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., fresh off a “who-moi?” performance on Jon Stewart’s Daily Show, heads to Philadelphia for a party at the Racquet Club. Three new-to-the-national-stage candidates, all hoping to turn their districts from red to blue in 2014, will benefit from the draw of Pelosi’s name at the top of the invite.

Party leadership recruited Kevin Strouse, a veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, to run against Republican Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick in Pennsylvania’s 8th District. Another veteran, Michael Parrish, announced he was throwing his hat in the ring for Pennsylvania’s 6th District seat, which opened up when GOP Rep. Jim Gerlach said he was retiring. And in a race that has the potential to get real interesting real fast, Aimee Belgard will go head-to-head with conservative Steve Lonegan – who lost to now-Sen. Cory Booker in a special election last fall – in a race for New Jersey’s 3 rd District seat. After two terms in the House, Rep. Jon Runyan, a Republican, won’t run for reelection.

According to PT’s data, this is the first fundraiser for all three candidates. (Know of more? Send us those invites!)

Red, White and Blue – and Rand Paul

Last year, there were two official retorts to the State of the Union address – Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., delivered the tea party response and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., became infamously thirsty during the Republican Party’s reaction. But for 2014, a few more people got in on the action: Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., represented Republicans, Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, weighed in for the tea party … and Sen. Paul spoke on behalf of, well, himself.

As the Washington Post noted, this mirrors the intense power plays going on in the GOP. But it also sheds some light on Paul’s political aspirations – and potential strategies – as he blends his libertarian bona fides with a growing appeal among conservatives. He may have started out as a long-shot candidate, but he’s gaining steam as a viable 2016 contender. Other things that keep up that kind of chatter: last year’s fundraising stops in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina (hey, key primary states, hey).

On Wednesday, Paul will deliver the keynote at the American Principles Project’s Red, White & Blue Gala at D.C.’s Mayflower Hotel. The benefit for the conservative nonprofit – board members include National Organization for Marriage founder Maggie Gallagher and leading Catholic scholar Robert P. George – will allow Paul to beef up his social conservative street cred. He may even weigh in on the hot topic of immigration, especially seeing as American Principles recently launched an initiative to gin up support for immigration reform among conservatives.

Udall hits the slopes

Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., had a tough week. After the State of the Union, he fumbled with questions about campaigning with President Obama during Udall’s upcoming reelection fight. And a few days later, he learned his son was arrested and charged with heroin possession and trespassing. Sounds like he could use a breather.

It’s perfect(ish) timing, then, that Udall cruises over to Vail on Friday for a weekend retreat benefiting his leadership PAC, Peak PAC. We first heard of the funder in December, when Peak was having a breakfast event in D.C. Do you have more details to share? Email us what you’ve heard about.

Whew, party people, what a week. There’s a lot going on, but we bet there’s more happening that we haven’t heard about. Keep us in the loop – send those invites and save the dates our way!

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Uncategorized • POSTED - 01.27.14 BY Palmer Gibbs

PT Round-up: Ready for Hillary in Florida, Philly; McCain preps for 2016; Michelle Obama fundraises in California

Good morning, partiers! We are coming off a quiet week here in Washington, save for a star-studded dance party for the First Lady’s 50th birthday (Magic Johnson! Michael Kors! Mary J. Blige! Beyonce!). But things gear up, starting today, as Congress returns to Capitol Hill and the president preps for his State of the Union speech on Tuesday. Let’s get down to business, folks.

Democrats are a force to be reckoned with this week, with Michelle Obama headlining fundraisers in California, Hillary Clinton backers coming out in Florida and Pennsylvania, and Rep. Grace Meng, D-N.Y., celebrating the Asian Lunar New Year in D.C. Not to be outdone, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., will have a D.C. fundraiser of his own as he readies his 2016 campaign.

But we can’t help but think that there’s a big gap on our social calendar – we haven’t heard of a single Super Bowl-related political party! As fans of the Broncos and Seahawks dig into chicken wing platters and bowls of chips and dip on Sunday, we find it hard to believe that the Colorado and Washington state delegations won’t be taking advantage and hosting a fundraiser or two. Heck, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., are the two most recent chairs of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, which means they definitely know how to throw a good party. Know of any Super Bowl funders going on? Let us know here. (And to our Colorado- and Washington-based readers: Any local or state politicians partying for football and funds? Upload any invites or newspaper clippings here.)

Happy New Year! Now fork over the cash.

Rep. Grace Meng, D-N.Y., gets the party started this week with a Monday evening fundraiser to celebrate the Asian Lunar New Year. Want to ring it in at the Democratic National Committee HQ on South Capitol Street? Tickets start at $500 per person, or range from $1,000 to $5,000 for PACs.

She’ll need to start stockpiling (PT only has record of one Meng fundraiser) for her reelection campaign, and quickly. Rumors continue to swirl that John Liu – former N.Y.C. comptroller and recent mayoral candidate – may put up a primary challenge for Meng’s seat.

Incidentally, earlier this month, the freshman congresswoman introduced a bill to make the Lunar New Year a school holiday. It’s similar to legislation Meng attempted to get through New York’s State Assembly in 2009 and 2011, when she represented Flushing, Queens.

Hillary’s ready-and-waiting money machine

Ready for Hillary continues its stampede across the U.S. to raise money for H. Clinton as she continues to hem and haw about running for president. (And we are just on the edge of our seats – she said she’d decide sometime this year.) Like everyone else, PT is keeping an eye on Clinton’s continuously hectic travel schedule, not to mention Priorities USA Action’s recent announcement that it officially backs a Clinton candidacy and will start collecting cash for her.

While Priorities focuses on bringing in mega-donations from mega-donors, Ready for Hillary has capped individual contributions at $25,000, a lot of money in the real world, but chump change in the super PAC fundraising world. And this week, Ready for Hillary hosts two of the smaller-dollar fundraising events the group is known for.

On Monday night, it’s $25 per person to hit up a fundraiser at the St. Petersburg Marriott. Former Clinton White House adviser Craig T. Smith will pop by, making this his third Ready for Hillary event. And on Thursday, it’s $20.16 to attend a funder at Philadelphia’s G Lounge, with former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell.

McCain Money

John McCain is keeping us on our toes. Turns out, the Arizona Republican is going for Senate term number six in 2016.

Back in October, he said he was “seriously thinking about” running for reelection, and in December, he had a $1,000 to $5,200 per person event at Manhattan’s St. Regis, a high-roller hotspot.

Since then, McCain has weighed in on Florida’s 13th District congressional race, endorsing Republican David Jolly over Democratic candidate Alex Sink, and said President Obama is worse than Jimmy Carter. And last week, McCain delivered his signature dose of sarcasm during a Senate nomination hearing for an ambassador to Norway (which is gaining a lot of traction since the nominee, George Tsunis, is a big-time bundler for Obama, and the prez has a habit of tossing cushy ambassador posts to his major donors).

On Tuesday evening, right before the State of the Union, McCain will be hobnobbing at Johnny’s Half Shell, asking donors for at least $1,000 each to help get him reelected. According to the invite, he’d be “delighted” to see you there.

Dems go big in California

Michelle Obama may be calling herself “50 and fabulous,” but Democrats are thinking more along the lines of “50 and fabulous and fundraising.” They are dispatching her to California this week to headline four events.

On Wednesday, the First Lady makes good on a fundraising stop canceled in October due to the government shutdown. Obama will head to the L.A. home of “Everybody Loves Raymond” creator Philip Rosenthal and his actress wife, Monica Horan, for a $1,000 to $32,400 per person fundraiser. On Thursday, she doubles up in San Francisco with two DNC fundraisers. And on Friday, Obama will be at a Women’s Lunch with Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., at downtown S.F.’s Fairmont Hotel. Ready those checkbooks!

That’s the rundown for this week, party people. Let us know what we are missing – upload invites here, send us an email or connect with us on Twitter. Party on!

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Uncategorized • POSTED - 12.02.13 BY Palmer Gibbs

PT Round-up: Republicans and Chris Christie party hard, Grimes fundraises in Kentucky

Good morning, partiers! Still feeling sleepy from all of that turkey and Black Friday shopping? Well, pour yourself another cup of coffee and get ready for some fundraising festivities because it’s going to be a busy December – we’ve counted 44 parties on the books so far, and most are during the first two weeks. We are certain more shindigs are brewing out there, so, as always, let us know what we’re missing.

If you are in the mood for some holiday-themed gatherings, you’re in luck. On Wednesday, Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., will have an Italian-Style Holiday Reception while Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md., is throwing a Holiday Wine Tasting at Sonoma Wine Bar. ’Tis the season.

This upcoming weekend, Republicans will be busy raising some cash in the Big Apple and Virginia. Florida’s Alex Sink will be in D.C. Wednesday for an event headlined by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Alison Lundergan Grimes will hit up her home state for contributions today.

Grimes goes for some (more) green

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes hasn’t wanted for national attention since announcing in July that she was running to unseat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. Grimes, Kentucky’s current Secretary of State, benefits from family connections her father cultivated as the chairman of the state’s Democratic Party, including the deep-pocketed network of the ever-present Clintons.

To wit: Grimes has been gallivanting across the U.S. collecting campaign cash. And lots of it. According to the most recent filings on our Real-Time Tracker, Grimes brought in more than $2.5 million during the third quarter, out-raising McConnell, who collected just shy of $2.3 million. Democratic fundraiser extraordinaire Jeffrey Katzenberg raised money for her in Los Angeles in September, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., headlined a Las Vegas luncheon in October, and Hillary Clinton’s bestie, Susie Tompkins Buell, hosted Grimes in San Francisco a few days before Halloween.

Grimes also got a shout-out from First Lady Michelle Obama during a New York City fundraiser for Senate Democrats a few weeks ago. But perhaps in a nod to the president’s sinking approval ratings, Grimes took a step back from any perceived chumminess with the White House. “Listen, I did not have any conversations or interactions with the First Lady,” Grimes told a Louisville news station. “I was there as part of a women’s policy conference.”

Come Monday, it’s all about her home state. Grimes heads to the northern Kentucky community of Hebron for a fundraiser at a private home. According to PT’s data, it’s the third time she’s tapped Kentucky-based donors so far. Anybody know of more? Stuff those invites, newspaper clippings, swell party mementoes right here.

Collecting cash with Christie

Gov. Chris Christie, the newly minted head of the Republican Governors Association, has lined up two parties at the end of this week in deep red territory. Christie is lending his fundraising clout to events benefiting Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter.

Fallin made headlines last month when she weighed in on the military’s compliance with the Supreme Court’s DOMA decision. She joined four other states when she ordered state-owned National Guard bases to stop handling applications for all military spouse benefits in order to keep gay couples from getting any. Instead, all related paperwork must go through one of the state’s four federally owned outlets (which Stephen Colbert had a field day with). Fallin cited Oklahoma’s 2004 voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage in her announcement, stating that the new policy “protects the integrity of our state constitution and sends a message to the federal government that they cannot simply ignore our laws or the will of the people.”

So, basically, Fallin could use some fundraising fun. She’ll be celebrating her birthday (No. 59) with Christie at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City on Thursday evening. We suggest a second piece of cake (just not wedding cake).

On Friday, Christie heads to the Coeur d’Alene Resort in Idaho to a fundraiser for Otter. As Republicans continue to debate Christie’s conservative bona fides, he’ll stumble into a governor’s race that’s starting to look a lot like other GOP contests. The two-term governor just got wind of a Republican challenger in the form of State Sen. Russ Fulcher. According to the Idaho Statesman, Fulcher was hobnobbing with his state’s tea partiers in the week leading up to his announcement.

Big names, big bucks

Florida’s Alex Sink, will be getting lots of love from all sorts of bold-named Democrats at her Wednesday night fundraiser in D.C. Expected to attend: Pelosi, and other members of the House Democratic leadership team — Reps. Steny Hoyer of Maryland,  James Clyburn of South Carolina, Steve Israel of New York —  along with the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida,  and the rest of Florida’s Democratic congressional delegation. They’ll be putting  their collective weight behind Sink’s effort to win a March 11 special election for the Tampa Bay House seat that the late Rep. Bill Young, a Republican, occupied for more than four decades. Of course, all those Democrats will be  asking you for some money.

Sink is viewed as a potential Democratic star: After working in the banking industry, Sink pinged around Florida’s state government halls, first as the treasurer of the State Board of Administration and then as the state’s chief financial officer. In 2010, she ran for governor against Rick Scott and lost by one percentage point.

The race to replace Young, who died in October,  promises to be tight, and already has both sides talking – Democrats were quick to praise Sink’s decision, and Republicans pounced as soon as she made her announcement.

Republican ragers

No weekend plans? Want to part-ay with the Republican Party? You’ve got options: Both Virginia and New York City are hosting GOP fundraisers this weekend.

At the Omni Resort in Hot Springs, Virginian Republicans will meet up to debrief about the 2013 election and to start strategizing for next year. The invite promises workshops, receptions, luncheons – and Gov. Rick Perry. The Texan is slated to speak at the Saturday night black-tie gala. We’d suggest wearing cowboy boots with your tux, but you might be the only one; Perry has been leaving his on the shelf as he two-steps back into national politics, including during a recent stop in all-important Iowa.

But if you prefer to party in the big city, the National Republican Congressional Committee get-together may be more your style. The National Republican Congressional Committee’s annual Bright Lights and Broadway Regional Meeting for members of its “steering committee” is in Manhattan this weekend. For an annual membership of a mere $10,000, committee members get things like email updates, issue briefings with Republican leaders and invites to other regional events. What a deal.

Those are the highlights of this busy week, partiers. What have we missed? Let us know!

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Uncategorized • POSTED - 11.04.13 BY Palmer Gibbs

PT Round-up: Obama, Perry, Palin, Lee all headline events this week

Greetings, partiers! This week has a shorter list of fundraisers (if you know of any we’re missing, you know what to do), but the cast of characters is chockablock with A-listers. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., the Obamas, Hillary Clinton, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, ex-GOP vice presidential contender Sarah Palin, Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah … the stars are coming out to start off November.

On Tuesday, Virginia’s slugfest of a governor’s race comes to an end, after buckets of outside money poured into the contest. Terry McAuliffe has gotten lots of help from his longtime pals, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Ken Cuccinelli spoke alongside Tea Party favorite Sen. Rand Paul last week at Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University. The two are seen above along with two of the companions that former President Harry Truman advised politicians to get. Paul will be back to campaign with the Republican nominee this week while President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden pitch in for McAuliffe.

But this week fundraising eyes appear to be on 2016 with a number of potential presidential contenders on the circuit.

Perry in Polk County

Ever since Gov. Rick Perry announced that he wouldn’t seek another term in the Texas Governor’s Mansion, the smart money has been on him making another run at the White House. Back in May, GOP sources told the National Review that Perry is “strongly considering” a presidential run in 2016. Plus, Perry’s been making ads and speaking about his new nonprofit, Americans for Economic Freedom. The organization, which advocates for low taxes and limited regulation, has an advisory board full of bold-faced names including Perry’s 2012 presidential primary opponent Newt Gingrich and Anheuser-Busch royalty August Busch III.

If you need another indicator of Perry’s likely presidential aspirations, look no further than Iowa, where he will be attending a fundraiser on Thursday. Tickets to the Rob Kelley Fall Dinner run from $25 to $1,000, and benefit the Republican Party of Polk County (whose website actually has a running countdown to the next caucus).

The good news: According to this guy, the 2012 fall dinner was “classy” and the cash bar was “very popular.”

California dreamin’

Ready or not, here comes Ready for Hillary. The super PAC that’s been encouraging H. Clinton to run for president in 2016 is gearing up for two California fundraisers this week.

The group, which has been working with Clinton allies in down-ballot races to shore up Democrats at any and all levels of state and national offices, recently got the backing (and the bucks) of billionaire George Soros. The super PAC announced Soros joined its National Finance Council as a co-chair, a position that requires raising or contributing $25,000.

That just happens to be the ticket price of Monday’s funder at Sandy Robertson’s San Francisco home. Robertson, a tech investor and founder of Francisco Partners, has been digging deep into his pockets for donations to Democrats for years, and was a fundraiser for Bill Clinton during his ’92 campaign. Susie Tompkins Buell, the co-founder of Esprit and longtime Hillary buddy (and another member of the PAC’s National Finance Council), will co-host the event.

On Wednesday, the PAC will ask for smaller donations at a fundraiser in downtown Los Angeles. Tickets start at $20.16. (See what they did there? Real subtle.)

By the weekend, Clinton will be in California for some fundraising gigs of her own. On Friday, she’ll pick up an award from the International Medical Corps and hobnob with Jeffrey Katzenberg and Steven Spielberg, faithful Democratic fundraisers, at a pricey event at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Then it’s up to San Fran on Saturday, where Clinton will meet up with Chelsea for a benefit for the Clinton Foundation.

Cashing in at breakfast

Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but Sen. Harry Reid is hoping it can also be a good time to collect campaign contributions. His 7:45 a.m. event on Thursday at Charlie Palmer Steak may bring in up to $5,000 per person.

This comes a few weeks after Reid attended a high-roller fundraiser in Florida the day after the shutdown ended. He was also in Las Vegas recently, raising money at a luncheon for Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Obamas dig for dough

President Obama’s fundraising sprint continues this week, as he cruises to parties for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in Dallas and Miami. As has been widely reported, Obama’s gone on a fundraising tear since the shutdown ended, hitting up donors in D.C., Manhattan, and a Boston ’burb.

Last month, Obama postponed a fundraising trip to Dallas, but come Wednesday, he’ll be asking for Lone Star State dollars. And on Friday, the prez will be Miami-bound.

Not to be outdone, Michelle Obama will travel to Pittsburgh on Wednesday for an afternoon par-tay to benefit the DNC. The first lady also had to cancel a handful of funders due to the shutdown, but has been revving back up, starting with a speech at the DNC’s National Issues Conference Oct. 25.

It’s all about Iowa

Iowa, just about every politician’s favorite hangout when testing the waters for a national campaign, continues its hot streak of swinging parties. Soon after a pheasant hunt with Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Steven King, plus Perry’s Polk County speech on Thursday, GOP conservative stalwarts Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will make their way to the Hawkeye State.

The Tea Party darlings will headline the annual Friends of the Family Banquet on Saturday, with proceeds benefiting the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition. Tickets start at $55, but $1,000 can get attendees into a VIP reception plus a picture with Palin. Phyllis Schlafly, who famously and consistently opposed the Equal Rights Amendment, will be honored at the dinner held at the State Fairgrounds.

Gone fishin’

Toward the end of the week, Rep. Joe Garcia heads back to his native Florida for a weekend-long fishing trip in Key West. The freshman Democrat, who also plans to have his shutdown-delayed birthday celebration and fundraiser Nov. 19, has been in the news recently since his former chief of staff started a 90-day sentence for falsifying absentee ballots online. Sounds like that fishing trip couldn’t have come at a better time.

Whew, partiers, what a week! What else is happening out there? Let us know!

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PT Round-up: Partying in the era of uncertainty

Salutations, party people! Another week of government shutdown means another week of uncertainty for furloughed workers, political pundits and those tracking the political fundraising scene.

Last week, as congressional haggling over budget and healthcare issues dragged on, party after party was postponed or cancelled. Apparently, members were concerned about the bad “optics” involved in raising money for their own reelection efforts while government workers were going without paychecks.

However some valiant pols held out hope that the government — and the fundraising — would continue as planned. Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, waited until the last possible minute to cancel his shindig because he was “hoping for a miracle,”  while Rep. Gene Green, D-Texas partied on as planned.

As of publication, the upcoming week features at least 10 fundraisers with sitting members of Congress that have yet to be postponed or cancelled.  However, the coming days may bring with them a fresh batch of cancellations should the gridlock on Capitol Hill continue.

Here’s a rundown of the members who will be soldiering on in their pursuit of hard money this week:

A Kennedy-Sarkozy cash connection? Oh là là!

Members of two powerful political families from either side of the Atlantic will be joining forces Monday at a high-priced affair in the Big Apple.

Olivier Sarkozy, half-brother of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, is a banker with dual citizenship and a penchant for contributing to candidates on both sides of the political spectrum. The funding fête will support Rep. Joe Kennedy III, D-Mass., the 32 year old scion of the fabled political dynasty. He won the seat of retired Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., in 2012.

The New York Post reports that Sarkozy’s e-mail invitation praises Kennedy as “pragmatic, principled and willing to look past party labels in the interest of getting things done.” Suggested contributions range from $1,000 to a $5,200 maximum.

Should the young Kennedy be able to pry himself away from Capitol Hill and carry on with the party as planned, his bash may benefitting from a little star power: Sarkozy is romantically involved with former child star Mary-Kate Olsen.

Garden State green

In a Senate race that was once considered to be all but decided, lately there have been some glimmers of hope for New Jersey Republican Steve Lonegan. While Newark Mayor Corey Booker still has a commanding lead in fundraising figures, recent polls show that Lonegan is eating away at what used to be a seemingly insurmountable lead for Booker.

The former mayor of Bogota is fresh off of a feisty debate with Booker that took place Friday night. The contest has become increasingly testy in the final weeks before the election: while Lonegan has long criticized his Democratic counterpart’s record as mayor, the Booker campaign just released its first overtly negative ad Oct. 1.

Monday evening, the Jersey conservative will hold a low dollar event with a planned appearance by Rep. Leonard Lance, R-N.J. For just $150 supporters have the chance to partake in “refreshments, hors d’oeuvres and discussion” with the Garden State GOPpers. A cancellation by Lance could be a serious blow to the Lonegan camp, which has finally gained some momentum in the final weeks leading up to the Oct.16 vote.

California Dreamin’

Seven members for the price of one?

If you’re a fan of nifty deals — or the California GOP — then you’ll be thrilled to hear about their Wednesday reception at that venerated fundraising locale, the Capitol Hill Club.

While $250 would generally buy a donor no more than a few minutes of banter with ONE politician, the Oct. 9 funder offers wealthy Capitolites the chance to mingle with the entire California House Republican delegation.

For $5,000 you can even be listed as a co-chair (what an honor!) All proceeds will benefit the San Diego’s Carl DeMaio, who briefly flirted with a run at his home town’s mayorship, before turning his sights back to Congress.

Golf with Graham

Has all this talk of shutdowns and furloughs got you down? Perhaps Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., can interest you in a round of golf at the swanky Kiawah Island Resort.

This is the second annual Ocean Course golf fundraiser on the South Carolina island that’s benefiting Graham’s leadership PAC, Fund for America’s Future. (Spoiler alert: it sends money to Republicans and the committees that campaign for them.) Fork over $2,500 for two days of seaside links.

Graham has been off the party circuit for a few months, despite multiple from-the-right challengers hopping into the primary fight for the 2014 Senate race.

More recently, he’s donated his salary to a vets’ service organization during the shutdown and been vocal about getting paychecks to active military personnel. Last week, he told Roll Call that people who get in the way of those paychecks are “going to make an enemy of me for life.”

Our question: Does that threat extend to the golf course?

First Lady Fundraiser

First Lady Michelle Obama is logging some frequent flier miles as she heads to California at the end of this week for fundraisers in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Obama will headline a one-hour event benefiting the Democratic National Committee at the house of “Everybody Loves Raymond” creator Philip Rosenthal on Friday. For a cool $32,400, you can take part in an “off-the-cuff discussion” with the first lady … and get a picture.

On Sunday, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Obama will join forces at the Fairmont Hotel in downtown San Francisco for a “Women’s Brunch.” The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will reap up to $32,000 per couple at the 9 a.m. meal, which, if everyone’s being honest, definitely makes this breakfast.

That’s all for this week folks, as always, let us know if you hear of any new comings or goings in the par-tay world.

Contributing: Palmer Gibbs; Photo credit: Flickr user Will Palmer

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This Week’s Fundraisers: Obama Cashing in with Celebrities, Romney in Alabama and more

It’s looks like a slow mid-August week, Party Timers, with a fewer than 15 events in our admittedly Beltway-centric database. Remember that the nation’s lawmakers are officially on their month-long holiday so parties may be slow for a while. However, if you know of any interesting fundraisers — especially those coming up in Tampa and Charlotte — be sure to fill us in!

On to the highlights:

Obama Cashing in with Celebrities: It’s not slow for President Obama’s campaign. Along with the usual campaign fundraisers there will be a (belated) birthday celebration in Chicago and some hob-nobbing with celebrities.

The president and his wife will kick off the fundraising week Sunday in different cities: Michelle Obama will be in Los Angeles for a party at a reception in her husband’s honor at a private home. That event will cost between $2,500 and $25,000.

Mrs. Obama then will head to the Beverly Hills home of singer and fashion designer Gwen Stefani for a ‘Sunday of Fun‘ with members of the American rock band No Doubt. To co-chair the event with the celebrities and Mrs. O, individuals have to dole out $25,000. A family photo opportunity comes at a hefty $8,000 while a couple photo-op costs $5,000. General admission for a family of four (that is, two adults and two children) will cost $1,000.

While his wife is in the Golden State, the president will be in his hometown of Chicago for a four-fundraiser day, including an exclusive party at his home for a few close friends able to pony up $40,000 a ticket and a Gen44 birthday celebration. To play on the president’s 51 years, VIP admission will cost $551 (this includes the VIP reception and ropeline placement), preferred admission $251, while general admission will be $51.

Later in the week, on Wednesday the Obama campaign will be hosting a reception with the cast of The Wire, an American TV drama. The event, which will be held at Martha’s Vineyard, will cost hosts $2,500 and guests $500. The campaign won’t be quick to leave the Vineyard however. On Friday they will have yet another fundraiser, a dinner, in the area. This one logs in at at $10,000 per couple or $5,000 per individual.

Romney in Alabama: GOP nominee, Mitt Romney will be in Birmingham, Ala. on Wednesday for a reception. Party Time does not have many details for this event, but it will reportedly cost between $5,000 to $25,000.

Update 08/13, 1:15 EST; Romney will also be in Nantucket on Saturday for a reception and dinner at a private home. Party Time doesn’t have any record for the ask of this event or who else will be in attendance.

Other Interesting Events: For those who are interested in getting out of the capital and heading for a different climate in Colorado, Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, will be hosting a Broadmoor summer retreat to benefit the Free State PAC. Sens. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., John Thune, R-S.D. and Rep. John Boozman, R-Ariz. are all expected to attend the retreat which starts on Sunday and goes until Tuesday. Party Time has no record of the ask for this event.

Fishing fans may be interested in the annual “Hook ‘n Bullet” event for Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho. The two-day event starts on Tuesday on the Silver Springs Angus Ranch in Picabo, Idaho. Again, we are not sure of the ask for this event.

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This Week’s Fundraisers: Presidential Partying, Abortion Rights Fundraising and more

It is officially August Party Timers! Members of the Senate and the House of Representatives have taken their month-long leave from the capital, so the partying pace has slowed to a crawl. If you know of events beyond the Beltway, let us know. Here are the highlights:

Presidential Partying: The Obama Victory Fund has three fundraisers lined up this week, starting with the president himself visiting Connecticut on Monday. There’s an evening reception at the Stamford Marriott Hotel, there general admission costs $500 and a photo opportunity with Obama runs $10,000. For $38,500, Nutmeg State supporters of the president can join him at a glam funder in nearby Greenwich. Hosts are media mogul Harvey Weinstein and Vogue editor Anna Wintour. Both Wintour and Weinstein have hosted fundraisers for Obama before.

Later the same day, the campaign turns to the West Coast with another reception, this one including a performance by world-renowned cellist, Yo-Yo Ma. The Santa Monica event will cost $10,000 per couple to co-chair, and $2,500 for general admission.

First lady Michelle Obama will then take the fundraising reins, heading to Wyoming for a Saturday luncheon in her husband’s honor. The title of “founding families,” which comes at a price of $35,800 per family, includes a reception, photo opportunity and the luncheon. Co-hosts are asked to pay $20,000 for a greet, photo opportunity and the luncheon. For just the photo opportunity and the luncheon, $2,500 is required. A luncheon attendee (or sponsor) gets in with a mere $100.

The Romney campaign will be doing a little touring of its own this week. GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney will be in West Des Moines, Iowa on Tuesday for a fundraising dinner. Two big name state Republicans, Sen. Chuck Grassley and Gov. Terry Branstad, are expected to attend. The event starts off at a price of $1,250 per head and photo opportunities cost $10,000. “Silver” hosts and “Gold” hosts are asked to contribute $10,000 or $25,000 respectively. Co-chairs have to dole out a whopping $75,000.

On Wednesday, Romney will hand over fundraising duties to his brother, Scott Romney (who is also his senior campaign advisor) and Matt Hoffmann, (his senior healthcare policy advisor). Both men will be present at an early morning “small business and healthcare policy roundtable” in Wisconsin. The title of event chair carries a price tag of $5,000. Hosts have the option of either contributing $2,500 or bundling $10,000 for the Romney campaign. Those who wish to skip the private meeting can attend the breakfast roundtable for $1,000.

“Pro-choice,” pro-fundraising: Two abortion rights organizations, the NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado PAC and the Voices for Choice are holding a brunch in Denver on Sunday. Ticket prices are $100 for hosts and $50 for guests. Donations will be evenly split between both groups.

Other interesting events and getaways: Those who wish to vacation with Congress can get a bright and early start. Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Mich., will be the honoree at his Great Lakes golf outing, which takes place from Sunday to Tuesday. Attendees will be visiting multiple clubs across Michigan. Hosts pay $5,000 (includes 2 golfers), while participants pay $2,500.

Other options include Sen. John Barrasso’s “summer Teton tee-off and wine and art escape.” The Monday event benefits the Wyoming Republican’s leadership PAC, Common Values. Party Time doesn’t know the ask for this event, but if you do, please tell the class..

Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., will also be making the best of summer in the Tetons, holding his “annual day in the Tetons” event on Thursday. This event also to benefit his own leadership PAC, Making Business Excel. The ask is $2,500.

Golfers have another chance to tee off while supporting Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D. The lawmaker will be having his 3rd annual golf weekend in Park City, Utah from Friday to Saturday. The first package which costs $3,000 per PAC and $1,500 per individual includes golf for both Friday and Saturday, while the second package ($2,000 PAC or $1,000 individual) includes only Saturday golf.

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, will be the special guest at a Thursday reception honoring Rep. Judy Biggert, R-Ill. Tickets range from $2,500 to $75.

One of Romney’s potential veep pics (and leading Republican party boy), Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J. will be headlining a Montana fundraiser for ex-Rep. Rick Hill, who is a Republican candidate for governor this year. This event costs between $150 (for individual tickets) to $1,000 (for a couple photo and 2 reception tickets).

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This Week’s Fundraisers: Romney going International, the Obamas in the East and other interesting tidbits

July is winding down and we are moving slowly into the August (and convention) fundraisers, Party Timers! This transitional week brings us more than 20 events before both the Senate and the House of Representatives take a month long leave from the capital. The highlights:

Romney International: After GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s stint in the United Kingdom, he will be flying to Israel for a fundraising event in his honor, according to The Jerusalem Post. The Jerusalem fundraiser, which reportedly will cost $60,000 or more per plate, will take place on Sunday as the Jewish fast Tisha B’Av ends. The fast, which celebrates certain communal tragedies, takes place this year at sunset on July 28 and ends at nightfall on July 29.

After Jerusalem, Romney stops in Poland (where, as far as Party Time knows, he’s got no fundraisers). The GOP candidate’s next shaking of the money tree will take place Friday at a fundraiser in Idaho. The Sun Valley reception will cost about $1,000 per person.

The next day, Romney will be going cross country to Indiana for another reception featuring celebrity guests, actress and model Bo Derek and  actor and film director, Ricky Schroder. Several other hosts and congressmen are expected to attend the event as well. Party Time doesn’t have the ask for this event. (If you do, let us know!)

The Obamas on the East Coast: Both President Barack Obama and the first lady will be spending some quality time on the East Coast throughout the week.

The president will be in the Empire State on Monday evening for a dinner at the NoMad hotel. Those wishing to dine with Obama will have to pay $40,000 per head (or $80,000 per couple).

From then on the first lady will be picking up the Obama Victory Fund’s torch, starting with a Thursday luncheon at the private home of some big donors in New Hampshire. To qualify as an “event host,” guests must pay $10,000 per couple or $5,000 per individual. That includes a photo opportunity with Michelle Obama and a private pre-lunch reception. For $5,000 per couple or $2,500 per individual, sponsors will also get a photo op included with the regular lunch tickets.

The next day, the first lady will be heading over to Massachusetts for two events. At 12:30 p.m. she will attend another luncheon in Springfield at the Basketball Hall of Fame. Tickets range from $10,000 to $1,000.

A few hours later and some 50 miles away, Mrs. Obama will be at a reception in Pittsfield with singer-songwriter and guitarist, James Taylor. Once again, tickets to this event start at $10,000 but this time cost as little as $250 for general seating (although these tickets are of limited availability.) There were cheaper tickets for $125, but according to the site, these have already been sold out.

Also on Friday, the president’s right hand man, Vice President Joe Biden, will be in Los Angeles for a fundraising reception at the home of big Democratic donor Shoukat Hussain Ali, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The Reporter says tickets are $10,000 per head.

Other Interesting Events: We have a few “out of the norm” events this week, for those who don’t quite fancy the normal political fundraising scene.

Texas’ Republican Candidate for Senate, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst will holding a fundraising luncheon for his campaign on MOnday. The event, which will take place at San Antonio’s Club Giraud, will boast Gov. Rick Perry as the guest of honor. For a mere $25,000 donors can become a part of the “Dewhurst Senatorial Council Member,” while being a host or a sponsor costs $2,500 and $1,000 respectively.

On Wednesday, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., will be having a summertime reception featuring authentic Korean barbecue cuisine. Those who are interested in trying out a different type of barbecue should have between $2,500 and $1,000 ready to contribute to the congressman’s campaign.

Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill., will be having his own reception on Thursday, featuring Washington, D.C.-based band the 19th Street Band. Hosts are asked to contribute $2,500 while guests get to sit with the congressman and listen to the eclectic tones of the country Celtic musicians.

For the Party Timers that just have to get away, Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., invites his supporters “for a weekend of hiking, brewery tours, golf and more” at the Woodstock Inn and Resort in his home state from Friday to Sunday. Attendees wishing to attend the “Summer in Vermont” fundraiser will have to plunk down between $5,000 and $2,000.

Former President Bill Clinton will be the keynote speaker at the Humphrey-Mondale dinner honoring former Vice President Walter Mondale. The Saturday event, which will be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minnesota costs between $5,000 and $125. Donations benefit the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party.

There will be another annual dinner, the Jefferson-Jackson dinner, held in New Orleans that same day. The ticket asks for the evening event range from $150 for individuals to $5,000 for a platinum 10-person table. Among the keynote speakers: Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, N.J. and Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland, the head of the Democratic Governor’s Association. O’Malley set up a federal PAC last week, setting off speculation that he’s preparing to run for the presidency in 2016.

Tampa- or Charlotte-bound? Party Time is trolling shamelessly for invites. You know where to send them.

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This Week’s Fundraisers: Romney and Obama toe to toe, plus the getaways

It’s going to be busy on the party circuit this week with more than 40 events on our calendar. Events include a fundraising showdown between the presidential campaigns — including a near miss in California, where both presidential rivals will be on Monday — a few chill events and getaways, in addition to the usual breakfasts, lunches, receptions etc. The highlights:

Romney racing ahead: It seems as if GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney is keen to keep his fundraising lead, which culminated in him outraising President Barack Obama by almost $100 million in June. The Romney campaign will host six events (of which we know, at least) over the course of the week, starting with three on Sunday.

The day of not-so-much rest begins at the Woodside, Calif., home of billionaire business executive Thomas Siebel with a lunch in Romney’s honor. The ask for this event is reportedly $50,000 per head. Expected to attend: George Schultz, who served as secretary of state under former President Ronald Reagan, and who endorsed Romney upon his nomination.

A few hours later, Romney will head over to the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco for another fundraising gathering. Ticket prices range between $2,500 and $10,000.

The presidential hopeful will then hop over to Pacific Heights for an “intimate” dinner at a private home. This event also brings a whopping $50,000 per head to the candidate’s campaign. The  dinner will also feature Howard Leach, who served as ambassador to France under former President George W. Bush.

The next day, still wooing supporters in the Golden State, Romney will be having a breakfast in Irvine. Attendees have the option of giving (or bundling) $50,000 for two tickets to the host committee reception, two tickets to the photo reception with one photo-op and a table of 10 for breakfast. Giving $10,000 gets an individual two tickets to the photo reception with one photo op and two tickets to breakfast. Preferred seating costs $2,500 while $1,000 per head gets a person into the breakfast.

After taking a short break, (or maybe just organizing for the flight), Romney will be courting expats at a London reception on Thursday. The presidential hopeful is heading across the pond to cheer on wife Ann’s horse in the Olympics. But he’s not losing any money: Included among the event’s chairs is Barclays Capital Managing Director (and Romney bundler), Patrick Durkin. As usual, in order to contribute the requested $2,500, a U.S. passport (or copy) must be on hand.

A mere hour and a half after the reception Romney will be holding a private dinner. Durkin is also to be at this event, which ranges from $25,000 to $75,000 per person. Remember Romney 2012 expats, have your  passports (and cash) ever ready.

Obama hits for six as well: Update 7/23 EST 12:00 The Obama campaign won’t let itself easily fall behind Romney, however, giving tit for tat with six events lined up as well. Looks as if we spoke a little too soon, Obama is not just hitting for six, he’s hitting the ball way out of the park, outmatching Romney in fundraisers this week. In addition to the original six reported, Party Time discovered an additional five events for the Obama campaign.

The first lady kicks off the Obama campaign’s fundraisers with a reception in Indianapolis, Ind., at the Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday. Guests get in for $100, while the ropeline section (and presumably closer looks at Michelle Obama) costs $1,000. Hosts have to cough up $10,000 for the privilege of a family photo op and the reception. Update 7/21: The White House cancelled Sunday’s Indianapolis fundraiser after Friday’s massacre in Colorado.

On Monday, the president himself will travel to Piedmont, some 400 miles away from Romney’s own Irvine fundraiser, to woo his own supporters in California. The reception and dinner will be held at a private home and will cost $35,800 per person, to be divvied up between the Democratic National Committee, the Obama-Biden campaign, and state Democratic parties.

Mere minutes later the president is expected to head over to Oakland’s Fox Theater for another reception in his honor. Tickets for this event start at $100 for balcony seating and go up to $7,500 for event sponsors.

The next day, Obama will fly over to Portland, Ore., for a lunch reception at the Portland Art Museum. Ticket prices peak at $8,000 but start at $500. Half an hour before this lunch reception however, Obama will have a short brunch in the same location. Short as the event appears to be however, the president is holding up on his asks. Suggested contribution for the brunch is $30,000 per head, to benefit party committees in addition to the campaign.

At the exact same time as the earlier lunch reception, the Obama campaign will have another lunch reception (which Obama is also supposed to attend), a few minutes away from the art museum, at the Oregon Convention Center. General Admission for this event is $500.

While the nation’s chief is in Oregon, the campaign will be holding down the fort in Pittsburgh with a reception. The Tuesday event costs between $100 and $2,500. The Obama campaign will also be hosting a Vermont reception with former Gov. Madeleine Kunin at a private home. Tickets start at $50 for young professionals and students and go up to $1,000 for hosts.

Boston is not going to be left out in the Obama’s campaign Tuesday trail, where Obama for America Director of Opinion Research, David Simas, will be present at a reception and campaign update. Couples co-chairing have to dole out $3,500, while co-hosting couples only have to contribute $1,000. Individual sponsors should have $500 on hand and supporters get in for $250.

On Wednesday, the president will make an appearance in Louisiana for yet another reception in New Orleans. Entrance to reception and a photo op will cost attendees $5,000. VIP get in for $1,000, while a seat in preferred viewing comes at $500. General reception tickets cost $250 and students and young professionals get in for $100.

Vice President Joe Biden will also be campaigning on behalf of the president, courting supporters in the nation’s capital at a luncheon. The Friday event costs guests $2,500, with VIPs paying twice as much.

The Getaways: Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., will be hosting a Maryland golf weekend for his leadership PAC, LEG PAC from Friday to Sunday at the Inn at Perry Cabin and Harbourtowne Golf Course. Suggested contribution is $5,000.

For the baseball fans who wish to see the Cubs vs. Cardinals game and support Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., at the same time, this weekend is your chance. The senator will be hosting a “weekend in the Windy City with Cubs vs. Cardinals rooftop game” for $1,500 per individual from Friday to Sunday.

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