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.Tweet
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).Tweet
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.
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.Tweet
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.
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.Tweet
Another fairly busy week is upon us, Party Timers! We have almost 30 events lined up for you. The highlights:
Obama is back: After last week’s lack of (known) fundraisers, the Obama campaign is back on track with five events in the making.
On Tuesday, President Obama will be in San Antonio, Texas for a lunch with two members of prominent local Hispanic Democratic families, Rep. Charlie Gonzalez and Mayor Julian Castro (Castro’s identical twin brother, Joaquin, is running for the House seat that Gonzalez will be vacating when he retires at year’s end). Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria will also be a special guest at the event. Those wishing to rub shoulders with the politicians and actress only have to pay $250 for general admission. Closer glances of the foursome come at $1,000 for preferred seating, while individuals or couples can pay $5,000 or $7,500 respectively for the photo reception.
Later that same day, the president will travel to Austin for a reception with the LGBT Leadership Council with special musical guest, country singer, Jerry Jeff Walker. The LGBT event has the same ask as the earlier San Antonio lunch.
While Obama is courting supporters in the Lone Star State, his campaign will hold a food tasting reception hosted by Chefs for Obama back in the nation’s capital on Tuesday evening. Sponsors are asked to pay $1,000 for the VIP reception. For food-tasters, the price is $250.
First lady Michelle Obama will also be on the campaign trail this week, fundraising on her husband’s behalf in Alabama. The Wednesday reception, to be held at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, has tickets tagged from $200 (for general admission) to $30,000 to co-chair (the hefty price gets you entrance into the greet, photo-op and five preferred viewing tickets).
The first lady will then be back in D.C. on Thursday for a campaign roundtable with the LGBT Leadership Council. The ask for this event is $10,000 per individual and $20,000 per couple.
Romney, Jindal and the big money: Multiple Louisiana media reports have Mitt Romney lunching Monday in Baton Rouge, La. with one of his potential VP picks, and and members of his Founders Club. Entrance fee: $50,000.
Update: 07/16/2012; 11:25 a.m. EST: The Romney campaign will also be in New York for a Wednesday luncheon with Ann Romney. The Women for Romney event features Republican National Committee Co-Chair, Sharon Day as a special guest. Tickets are priced at $2,500 for the photo and VIP reception, while entrance to the later general reception costs $500. Special thanks to the Bergen County Republican Organization for providing us with this invite!
Summer = B²Q: Tis the season to barbecue! Even our lawmakers know that much, trading in the normal receptions and luncheons with “ordinary” food for the treat.
On Wednesday, Alamo PAC, Sen. John Cornyn’s, R-Texas, leadership PAC will be the honoree at a Texas BBQ buffet luncheon. PAC Hosts are asked to contribute $2,500, while attendees pay $1,000 (PACs) or $500 (individuals).
On the same day, Sen. David Vitter, R-La., will be also hosting a D.C. BBQ at the National Republican Senatorial Committee headquarters. The ask is $1,000.
For those who may not be in the mood for barbecue (or are just plain sick of it) and want to try out something new, or for New Jerseyans missing the taste of home, Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., is having a taste of Paterson reception on Tuesday. So if you want to try something new (or something familiar if you hail from the Garden State), have $1,000 to $2,500 ready.
The Getaways: We have four getaways starting Friday to Sunday this week. Enjoy the (hopefully sunny but cool) weekend!
Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., will hold a Colorado Weekend for his leadership PAC, PEAK PAC. The event costs $5,000 for PACs and $2,500 for individuals.
On the other side of the map Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., will also host a weekend trip for his leadership PAC, Rhode Island Hope PAC. Two persons get to tag along if they cough up $5,000 between them.
Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts, R, will be taking his backers to California for an annual Napa Valley wine tour. PAC hosts are asked to contribute $5,000 while PAC attendees are asked for $3,000. Individuals get the tour for $2,000.
Lastly, Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., will be venturing with his guests just next door to Maryland for his own weekend trip. PACs pay $5,000 while individuals get to attend for $2,500.Tweet
Happy end-of-June-week Party Timers! Summer has officially started but the days are hardly lazy for those who need handouts. It’s yet another busy money-grubbing week for our nation’s lawmakers with more than 40 events on the Party Time calendar. Here are the highlights:
Obama making up for last week: As far as Party Time knows, our nation’s fundraiser-in-chief uncharacteristically slowed his partying pace last week with his campaign only holding two events, none of which President Obama attended personally. It seems now as if the campaign has recovered its knack for holding an astonishing amount of fundraisers, starting with three on Monday.
Obama’s fundraising week starts with a campaign roundtable in Boston, which the president himself will attend at the private residence of a supporter. Tickets are $40,000 per head. It doesn’t seem as if the president intends to stay at the roundtable for long however, for at 4 p.m., minutes after the initial 3:45 p.m. event, Obama is slotted to make another appearance at a reception at Boston’s Symphony Hall, featuring a special performance by Grammy award winning Israeli violinist Miri Ben-Ari. Tickets for this “cheaper” event range from $144 for young professionals in the Gen44 balcony to $10,000 to co-host the event.
The president will then travel over to Weston, Mass. for a dinner in his honor at the home of another supporter. Individuals will have to hand over $17,900 while couples get in for $35,800.
The next day, the president flies into Atlanta for an early reception costing $500 to $10,000. He will then fly into Florida to attend a dinner hosted by American singer-songwriter and impressario Marc Anthony. Tickets for this particular event start at a whopping $40,000 for guests and go all the way up to $75,800 for event co-hosts. The ask for the co-host tickets actually breaks Obama’s old Party Time record for the highest requested contribution, at an event where the price was the same, but was divided among five people, instead of resting on the shoulders (or rather in the pockets) of one.
Anthony and the president will then head over to the Fillmore at the Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami Beach for yet another fundraiser in the president’s honor, with a special performance by the singer. Tickets for this one start at $100 for the mezzanine section and going up to $5,000 to co-host.
While her husband is wooing supporters in Georgia and Florida, the first lady will be travelling to the couple’s hometown of Chicago for a Gen44 reception. Early bird tickets are $44 for young professionals, while those for a group photo reception for up to five people cost $2,500. The Chicago Tribune reports that the first lady also will attend a lunch with Glee star Jane Lynch. According to the Trib, tickets for that event start at $250. Special thanks to Chicago Tribune’s Katherine Skiba for providing this particular invite. Our friend Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times has the full price breakdown here. Lynn also reports that Vice President Joe Biden will be back in Chicago Monday for his second fundraiser in a week. Details and price points in her blog here.
On Thursday the first lady will be in Memphis for another reception in honor of her husband’s campaign. Tickets for this event will start at $500, but co-chairs have to hand over a steep $35,000. The campaign will then head over to the Empire State for another reception that same day. The special guest for this event is yet to be determined, but tickets are relatively affordable at $100 for young professionals, $1,000 for guests and $2,500 for VIPs.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender African American leaders in DC will then host a reception with openly gay former football star, Wade Davis in honor of the president. Tickets start at $100. And finally, the campaign will be hosting yet another Gen44 evening reception, this time in Los Angeles, Calif. Tickets can cost as much as $2,500 to host.
Romney not slacking off: Fresh from his swanky Utah weekend with big donors and potential running mates, Mitt Romney, will be checking the drawing power of another possible veep nominee. On Tuesday, the president’s GOP rival will attend a fundraiser in New Jersey with the state’s governor, Chris Christie. The Daily Caller’s Alex Pappas has all the details. (Many thanks, Alex, for shooting us the invite!) The next day, Romney will be in the nation’s capital for an intimate Georgetown dinner with all his best friends who can afford the $50,000 ticket price, according to the invite obtained by the Washington Post. Less well-heeled Romney backers can get into a Monday evening fundraiser for as little as $100. It’s hosted by two lawmakers who are getting lots of mention as potential Romney veep picks: Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. The Post has this invite too.
A Week for the Women: There are four female-focused events taking place this week. On Monday, ShePAC, a political action committee dedicated to electing and supporting conservative women, will be holding a D.C. Kickoff Reception at the Capitol Hill Club featuring former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice. The event will include a VIP roundtable briefing, a VIP photo-op and reception with Rice and a general reception. Tickets cost between $250 and $50,000.
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi will be serenaded Monday at a hometown fundraiser in San Francisco featuring MC Hammer and ex-Grateful Dead percussionist Mickey Hart’s band. Tickets range from $100 to $5,000. Hat tip to Huffington Post for this one.
Democratic Congressional Candidate for Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District, George Badey, will be holding a discussion of women’s health issues at a reception in his homestate. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, D-Pa., will host the Monday event. Tickets start at $250.
Although it’s not a political fundraiser, but Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., will be speaking at the National Capital Area Council, LFL’s 8th Annual Woman of the Year Award Breakfast on Thursday. Tickets to this event, which benefits the National Capital Area Council, cost between $200 and $10,000.
Lawmakers love birthday money: There’s nothing quite like getting a little bit of extra cash on your birthday, and some lawmakers seem to agree. Both Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., and Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., will be holding birthday fundraisers in their honor on Tuesday.
Rep. Fitzpatrick’s birthday celebration will be held at the Fado Irish Pub and cost well-wishers $500 to $2,000. Sen. Ayotte’s party reception meanwhile will be held at the Cava Mezze Restaurant for the same ask.
Other interesting events: The unlucky marksmen and markswomen who missed last week’s trap & skeet event hosted by Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, are in luck. Rep. Steve Fincher, R-Tenn., will be holding a Trap & Skeet Shoot event on Monday at the same Prince George’s Country Trap & Skeet Center. The event is even a little cheaper than Sen. Crapo’s event with tickets starting at $250.
D.C. residents who used to live in Maine will have a chance to get a taste of home this week as Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, hosts a Wednesday taste of Maine summer party. Mainers, or wanna bes, can pay between $100 to $2,500 for the experience.
We’re wrapping up the month of June and so of course, many have their eyes and hearts set on July 4th, the nation’s Independence Day. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is providing early entertainment for the patriots hosting an “Independence day summer Bbq“ on Thursday. So grab your flags, your whistles and your best flag-branded wear (along with $1,000 to $2,000 in contributions) and come prepared to celebrate the nation’s birth.
Finally, on Friday there will be a fairly typical lunch for a congressional candidate with an untypical resume. Tulsi Gabbard, became the youngest person ever elected to Hawaii state office, in 2002, winning a seat in the legislature at age 21. Ten years later and now a member of the Honolulu City Council, Gabbard has decided to run for the U.S. House seat that Democratic Rep. Mazie Hirono is vacating to run for Senate. Gabbard debuts in Party Time with a lunch in her honor. Requested contributions are $250, $500 and $1,000.Tweet
Almost 30 events are lined up for this week. The highlights:
Romney in Atlanta: Update, 11:30 a.m., ET 6/11/2012: GOP favorite Mitt Romney is expected to be in Georgia on Monday for a fundraising event at the Cobb Galleria Center. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is expected to introduce Romney at the event, which will cost $1,000 per person for the general reception. Those who wish to attend the private dinner with Romney before the reception will have to hand out $50,000. Party Time offers a tip of the hat to Jim Galloway of the Atlanta Constitution Journal for leading us to the actual invite with more details.
Party Time has also learned that while Romney is in Atlanta, his wife Ann Romney will be wooing supporters in Maryland on Tuesday. The evening reception will be held at the BWI Marriott in Linthicum. Tickets for this event range from $15,000 to $1,000.
Obama Campaign, from Maine to New York: The Obama Victory Fund starts of a busy week in Maine with a yet another LGBT event, this time in the form of a house party. Tickets for the Monday event cost between $44 for Gen44 Young Professionals, a volunteer-driven group, and $1,000 for event chairs.
The president himself will then be in Maryland for a Tuesday lunch at the home of some supporters. Attendees can pay $10,000 which will include a photo with the president as well as lunch, or dole out $50,000 for the lunch, photo, as well as the opportunity to be part of the “clutch.” While in Maryland, the president is also expected to attend a reception costing between $250 and $10,000 at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore.
Pres. Obama is then supposed to fly into Philadelphia, Pa., to attend another reception in his honor. Event tickets cost $250 for guests but goes up to $10,000 for a chance to be a co-chair.
As Obama is courting supporters in Pennsylvania, the campaign will be Chicago for a “Runway to Win Chicago” at Harpo Studios. The event will feature celebrities and fashion icons such as Iman and Chanel Iman. Co-Hosts must pay $10,000, while guests can get in for a mere $150.
Finally, on Thursday, the campaign will be hosting a gala dinner with Pres. Obama and the first lady in the Empire State. Tickets cost $10,000 for guests and $15,000 for couples.
Out of the Usual: A few more interesting events (outside the normal breakfasts, lunches etc.) will be happening this week as well.
Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., will be having a golf outing in Virginia to benefit his leadership PAC, ROYB Fund on Monday. Golf fans should contribute $1,000 ($2,000 for PACs) in order to participate.
For those who need a way to battle the week’s heatwave (and aren’t counting their calories) Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley (Iowa) will be having a Monday ice cream social to benefit his own leadership PAC. This wont’ be cheap ice cream however, Young Professionals have to pay $100 while potential hosts must hand out $500. Perhaps they’ll be serving some gelato?
This week is another good week for our liquor connoisseurs as well. Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., will have a Bourbon and Wine Tasting at the Altria Townhouse, also on Monday. Tickets start at $500.
Calling all baseball fans! Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., will be taking this one out to the Yankees National Game at Nationals Park on Saturday. Tickets are $1,000 per individual ($2,500 for PACs). So get your caps and gloves ready and prepare to cheer for your favorite team.Tweet
About 35 events are happening this week, folks. Here are the highlights:
Obama and a show…or two: Like any other week the Obama campaign is out to entice donors to open their wallets with numerous events and, this time around, a little bit of razzle dazzle, and perhaps a bit of tension. Obama appears at two events with former President Bill Clinton, who made news this week by telling CNN that Obama’s GOP opponent, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, had a “sterling business career” at Bain Capital.
On Sunday the campaign opens the week with a reception in Maryland. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., who doubles as the chair for the Democratic National Committee, will be hosting the reception in the president’s honor. Tickets to the event start at $250.
The next day, former President Bill Clinton will join President Obama in New York for a gala dinner featuring special musical guest Jon Bon Jovi, lead singer of the rock band Bon Jovi. Event tickets range from $2,500 to $35,800. A mere hour later, the dynamic presidential duo will head down to the New Amsterdam Theater for “Barack on Broadway.” This more modestly priced event costs between $250 and $1,000.
Update, 5 p.m. ET 6/4/2012: Turns out that Obama and Clinton will be enjoying yet another bite of the Big Apple today. Before the gala dinner and “Barack on Broadway” there will be a 4:30 p.m. reception at the home of billionaire Marc Lasry, an enthusiastic Democratic supporter and the chairman, CEO and co-founder of the investment firm Avenue Capital Group. Tickets for this private reception cost $40,000 per person.
On Wednesday the president will be in Los Angeles for a reception hosted by the LGBT Leadership Council. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Obama fans (along with allies of course), can attend this event for $1,250 to $25,000.
Update, 5:40 p.m. ET 6/4/2012: In addition to the LGBT reception, Obama will be venturing to Beverly Hills for a dinner at the home of Ryan Murphy, creator of the much-loved musical comedy-drama “Glee“. The dinner alone costs $25,000, but those who wish to be a part of the photo reception have to pay double that.
While Obama is in California, the first lady will be in New York doing some fundraising of her own. Political activist Patricia Duff, along with Caroline Kennedy, Planned Parenthood Chief Cecile Richards and economist Laura Tyson will be hosting a morning conference and lunch for Obama. Tickets start at $250.
Romney traveling from West to South As Party Time reported yesterday, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney will be spending sometime in Oregon and Texas this week after a long weekend in California.
On Monday, Romney will be at a luncheon reception in Portland, Ore. partying with Telecom pioneer Craig McCaw and a host of other hosts and guests. Tickets to the luncheon cost either $2,500 or $5,000 for VIP.
Two days later, Romney will be venturing south to Texas for another luncheon in his honor. Party Time doesn’t know the ask for this event.
Update, 6 p.m. ET 6/4/2012: We now have more information on (and the actual invite for!) the Texas luncheon thanks to Jay Root of the Texas Tribune and the San Antonio Express News. Root reports that the fundraiser behind the lunch is Leslie Sullivan, a Texas consultant who earlier this year was in a politically divided household: She was raising money for Romney while her husband, Ray Sullivan, helped presidential rival Rick Perry. Now that Perry, the Texas governor, is out of the race, breakfast time at the Sullivan household must be more peaceful. Root also directed us to this Express News story. It reports that tickets for the San Antonio luncheon start at at $2,500. However, those who raise $200,000 for the Romney campaign or contribute $50,000 themselves will get, in addition to lunch, a chance to join the roundtable discussion and have a photo taken with Romney.
Party Time also learned that before traveling to San Antonio, Romney will be in Dallas on Tuesday for an “Evening in Downtown Dallas” at the historic Belo Mansion. Following his Wednesday lunch in San Antonio, the GOP nominee will then travel to Houston for a reception and dinner at the Central Houston. The asks for both these events are the same as the lunch, we hear. But we don’t have the invites. If you do, please toss them over Party Time’s transom.
The Unusual: For the Party Timers that are quite tired of the usual breakfasts, lunches, dinners etc, we have a few more intriguing events lined up for you this week.
If you enjoy a good cigar every now and again, Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Mich. is hosting a Cigar Smoke on Tuesday. Hosts have to cough up as much as $2,000, but individuals can get in for a mere $500.
Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill., will be hosting a Chicago style hotdog reception on Wednesday for those who prefer a more down-to-earth setting. However chill a reception it may be though, these hotdogs don’t come cheap. Tickets cost up to $2,500 a pop.
There is also something lined up for the liquor connoisseurs. Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., will be having an Irish Whiskey Tasting at the Diageo Townhouse on Thursday. Remember to have a driver designated and $500 to $2,000 if you intend to enjoy this event to the fullest.
Also on Thursday, Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., will kick off her 11th Annual Crawfish Fest. Seafood lovers are asked to contribute between $50 and $1,000 for this event.
The lovers of heartier meat (like beef) are also in luck. Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., will be celebrating his birthday with his Annual Bull Roast, which will include a full out country barbeque and ice cream sundaes, according to the invite. Students can get in for a mere $15, while hosts have to dole out $1,000.Tweet
It’s another action-packed week Party Timers, with almost 30 events in the database. Here are the highlights:
More Obama: Another busy week for the Obama Victory Fund as they oversee five fundraisers this week. On Monday, the president is expected to be in New York for a reception with special guest, Latino Pop star Ricky Martin. Tickets start at $5,000 and go up to $35,800 for this event.
That same day, first lady Michelle Obama will also be attending a reception in Dallas, Texas, for the Obama-supporters there. The more modestly priced event has tickets from $250 to $5,000.
Later in the week, on Thursday, there will be a private performance by American folk-rock singer Paul Simon in Massachusetts. Obama for America campaign manager Jim Messina will host the $2,500 to $20,000 event.
The next day, Pres. Obama’s right-hand man, Vice President Joe Biden, is scheduled to attend a luncheon in Delaware. Those who wish to chair the event will have to dole out some $25,000, while “friends” can get in for $2,500.
Finally, for the individuals who are looking for a more affordable (and arguably more entertaining) way to support the president, the Obama Victory Fund will be holding a block party in Florida hosted by and featuring DJs for Obama. Tickets for this event start out at $25. Those who prefer to be part of the VIP crew can do so for $100.
Chris Christie, big wigs, in for Wilson: On Thursday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is the featured guest at a New York City reception for former Rep. Heather Wilson, now running for Senate in New Mexico. The event, at the classic 21 Club, features a slew of high profile businessmen, lobbyists and GOP fundraisers. Among them are: billionaire and grocery empire-owner John Catsimatidis, former RNC chair Ken Mehlman, former Goldman Sachs partner Lew Eisenberg, and former senator-turned lobbyist Al D’Amato. The Attendees are expected to chip in a lofty $2,500 or $5,000 to Wilson’s campaign.
Smoke-filled room?: Freshman lawmaker Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., is holding a “cigar smoke” Tuesday evening at CXIII Rex, a members-only cigar club in Virginia, billed as “the perfect place to…simply enjoy yourself in the comfort of exclusivity.” A spot at the smoke session costs $500 for individuals and double that for PAC representatives.
Golf with Mikulski: For a weekly dose of activity, Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., will be having her 22nd Annual Golf Tournament at the Whiskey Creek Golf Clubon Monday (rain or shine, according to the invite). Tickets range from $1,000 to $3,500.
For a full list of all the breakfasts, luncheons, receptions etc., check out our upcoming events sidebar.Tweet
After last week’s many frivolities, the nation’s lawmakers shall be taking a break as they head out of town for “Constituent and State Work Periods.” PartyTime only about seven events lined up for you. Here are the highlights:
Partying with the Presidential Candidates: Both President Barack Obama and his presumptive GOP opponent, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, will be holding high-priced fundraisers this week.
The president will be attending a Sunday reception at the McLean, Va. home of Democratic moneyman Terry McAuliffe, which will give guests the opportunity to not only rub shoulders with the nation’s current president but also with former president Bill Clinton. Tickets for this event will start at $1,000 and go up to $25,000 for those who wish to co-host.
The next day, first lady Michelle Obama will be headlining another reception in Arizona, where attendees will be entertained by alternative country music band Calexico. Tickets tot his event start at a more modest $100 for Gen44 Young Professionals but balloon up to $10,000.
Romney, meanwhile, will be holding a Wednesday roundtable meeting at the Pentagon City Ritz-Carlton in Arlington, Va. The meetings will include talks about tax reform policy, technology/innovation/entrepreneurs and trade/global competitiveness. Prices to attend the general reception are $2,500. However, those who wish to be a part of the policy roundtable will have to raise $20,000 for the Romney campaign.
Special Events and Getaways: If you need some fun activities to attend outside of the district, the nation’s lawmakers have a fairly packed weekend lined up for you.
Sen. David Vitter, R-La., will be hosting a weekend at the 138th Kentucky Derby for his Louisiana Reform PAC on Friday and Saturday. Tickets cost $5,000 per couple and include two tickets to the races, two seats to the Derby dinner and two transportation tickets from downtown to Churchill Downs.
Louisiana’s other senator, Democrat Mary Landrieu, meanwhile will host a musical event closer to home. Landrieu is inviting backers to a Jazz Fest Weekend from Friday to next Sunday in New Orleans. The event will cost couples $5,000.
The baseball fans need not worry — they are being catered to this weekend. Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill., will be hosting a fundraiser at the Ivy League Baseball Club in Chicago, with a view of Wrigley Field and the Chicago Cubs game versus the Los Angeles Dodgers. Tickets start at $150 and range to $2,500.
Finally, the National Republican Senatorial Committee will have a spring retreat in Texas starting Friday. This event, however, is limited to Policy Board Members only. Party Time doesn’t have any more details.Tweet
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