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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).


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.

2012 Elections 2012 Presidential Race Uncategorized • POSTED - 07.23.12 BY Lindsay Young

Obama features “The Wire” cast at fundraiser

The Obama campaign’s celebrity fundraisers never cease to amaze: On Aug. 15, in Martha’s Vineyard, the cast of the gritty TV series, “The Wire” will be in attendance at one of them, according to a invitation obtained by Party Time.

The event will be held at the home of Judy and Ron Davenport. There are few clues as to which of the numerous actors on “The Wire” will be in attendance.

The cost of the event ranges form $500 to $2,500 a person. While President Obama is on record stating The Wire is his favorite TV show, he is not scheduled to be at the event.

Though not as high-profile as the George Clooney Fundraiser in Switzerland, the event has tremendous appeal to the HBO aficionado.


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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This Week’s Fundraisers: Obama Campaign back in the fundraising business, Summer BBQs and Getaways

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.


International funding chase

With upcoming events in China, France, Switzerland, Sweden and Egypt, the Obama Victory Fund continues to reach out to Americans living overseas.

According to Influence Explorer records, the Obama Victory Fund raised $603,000 in itemized donations from outside the United States in 2011. Such donations are subject to U.S. laws, including who may contribute (U.S. citizens and permanent residents) and donation limits ($2,500 per person to a federal campaign). Nevertheless, American citizens with U.K. addresses raised $237,000, while those with French addresses raised $128,000, and donors with Swiss addresses contributed $113,000.

With the election gaining momentum, the Obama Victory Fund is not only returning to proven fertile territory, such as France and Switzerland, but is also branching out with new events in Asia and the Middle East.

Upcoming Events

Indeed, for the first time in Party Time history, we have a fundraiser in China. The Obama Victory Fund is asking for between $20 and $10,000 dollars to attend the kickoff event on July 11, in Shanghai.

The event is hosted by Robert Roche, former Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, and a co-chair of Technology for Obama and Americans Abroad. The Shanghai Expat reports that Roche “has committed to raising over $500,000 toward the Obama/Biden re-election campaign.”

On July 12, the Obama Victory Fund has an event in Paris with Richard Danzig, a member of President Obama’s Intelligence Advisory Board, and Secretary of the Navy under former President Bill Clinton.

On Aug. 27, George Clooney is featured in a fundraiser in Switzerland. The event is hosted by Charles C. Adams Jr., head of the Geneva office of lobbying giant Akin Gump, and Matthew Barzun, an Obama bundler and former ambassador to Sweden. The Clooney event costs between $1,000 and $30,000.

Barzun and Adams then appear at another international fundraiser, this time in Stockholm on Aug. 23. Tickets are $250 per individual, $450 per couple.

Past Events

Obama did not appear at any of these past events, nor is he scheduled to appear at any of the upcoming international fundraisers.

See the complete list of Obama fundraisers here on Party Time.


This Week’s Fundraisers: Romney racing ahead in parties, Obama campaign on break, Biden partying with others and more

This week will be more productive on the party scene for our nation’s lawmakers, especially in comparison to last week’s abysmal turn out as officials took a break. We have more than 20 events lined up. Here are the highlights:

Romney in the lead this week: Usually President Obama is at the top of the fundraising race, at least in terms of the number of events his campaign holds weekly. Not this time, however! GOP hopeful Mitt Romney has multiple events this week, topping the president’s campaign — for which we’ve been able to find only one measly invite. Got more? Lay them on us.

Romney kicks off his busy fundraising week with two Sunday events. The first will be a lunch in New York, which House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., will also attend.  It’ll cost $5,000 per person to eat lunch; those who contribute or raise $25,000 will be invited to attend the VIP photo reception as well.

Later in the evening, Romney will be dining with billionaire David Koch, according to Forbes magazine, the Empire State’s richest resident. The pricey dinner at Koch’s Southampton residence will cost individuals $50,000 and couples $75,000. This won’t be the first time that Koch will be helping to fundraise for Romney. No surprise, given the close ties between the two well-upholstered families.

According to Fox31 Denver, Romney is expected Monday evening at a private fundraiser in Aspen, Colo. Alas, Party Time didn’t get an invite (insert sad emoticon here). If you have any details or the invite itself, let us know!

On Tuesday, Romney’s oldest son, Tagg, will be attending a reception in his father’s honor in Pennsylvania. Tickets for this event, held at the Berkshire Country Club, cost between $500 for general admission and $10,000 to be part of the platinum circle.

On Thursday, Romney will be in Wyoming for a reception and dinner with former Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife, Lynne at their home. Party Time got an invite, but it didn’t detail the ask.

While Romney is in Wyoming with Cheney, the candidate’s older brother, G. Scott Romney, will be attending another evening reception at Trump Parc Stamford in Connecticut. This invite quotes $500 per person to attend an earlier “meet & greet” while those who wish to stay for the VIP dinner reception have to cash out $2,500 a head.

Of course, not everything is bright and sunny in the Romney fundraising-verse. Just the other day, one of his big hosts, former Barclays CEO Robert Diamond, withdrew from his fundraising efforts for Romney, following a scandal involving the bank’s role in a scheme to fix interest rates. Diamond was supposed to host a London dinner for Romney July 27, costing between $25,000 and $75,000.  But word is the London fete is still on (Romney will be in town for the Olympics, where his wife has a horse and trainer competing) and we’re still looking for the invite. Hint, hint.)

Obama (campaign) in Paris (again): The Obama campaign will be taking yet another trip to France for a reception with former Secretary of the Navy, Richard Danzig. The event, at a still undetermined location in Paris, will cost between $750 and $5,000 for guests and hosts respectively. Ex-pats, as always, should remember to make sure they have a copy of their passport ready.

Updated, 10:45 a.m., 7/9/2012: Vice President Joe Biden will also be helping the president  with a little bit of fundraising. He is expected to be in Utah on Tuesday for a reception at the home of one of Obama’s inaugural donors. The evening event costs $25,000 to co-chair but costs as little as $100 for Gen44 young professionals. Those who wish to take part in a photo reception with the vice president will have to pay $8,000 or $5,000 for couples and individuals respectively. Non-young professionals have to cough up $500 for general admission, while premium seating comes at $1,000 per head.

Biden partying with others: While the president appears to be taking a break from the fundraiser circuit, Biden will be helping other Democrats with their campaigns as well.

On Monday, Obama’s right hand man will be in Seattle appearing at an evening fundraising in honor of Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., along with Rep. Jay Inslee, D-Wash. Inslee is running for governor. Tickets cost $50 for general admission and $250 for premium admission.

It also appears to be the general consensus that the vice president will also appear in Missouri for a Kansas City fundraiser with Sen. Claire McCaskill on the same day, according to However, Party Time has been unable to secure the details. If you know something, once again, be sure to share!

Another VP mentionee, another party: Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., will be attending a reception for his leadership political action committee, Reclaim America PAC, on Wednesday. The event will cost $2,500 to host or $1,000 to $500 to attend (PAC and individuals respectively). A potential rival for the No. 2 slot on Romney’s ticket, meanwhile, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is reportedly headlining a breakfast fundraiser for Romney in Quincy, Mass. According to the Quincy Herald-Whig (proud owner of our new favorite domain name:, tickets run from $100 to $1,000. Members of the Knapheide family, fifth-generation owners of a local truck manufacturing company, are hosting the breakfast.

The Getaways: There will be three opportunities to get away from the capital starting on Friday.

Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., will be hosting his Second Annual Family & Friends Weekend, in honor of his super PAC, Heartland Values PAC from Friday to Sunday. The get away trip will take place at the Greenbrier Hotel in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.  PACs have to dish out $3,000 while individuals have to pay only half as much.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee will have its own summer retreat in Martha’s Vineyard from Friday to Sunday. Sens. Max Baucus, D-Mont., Bernie Sanders, D-Vt. and Chris Coons, D-Del., are expected to be at the retreat. There is no record of the cost in Party Time.

Finally, Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill., will be hosting an afternoon at the ballpark at Chicago’s Wrigley field in honor of five Democratic congressional candidates for Illinois. Supporters will have to pay $5,000 to be on the “All-Star Team,” $2,500 to be “home run hitters,” or $1,000 to be a part of the “starting line-up.”

2012 Elections 2012 Presidential Race Partytime Uncategorized • POSTED - 07.06.12 BY Lindsay Young

Now showing at the Obama Victory Fund: Celebrity fundraisers

It sounds like a summer blockbuster: A dapper action hero, George Clooney, in Switzerland on a mission to reelect the president. But on August 27, don’t look for this in a theater near you—it will be a real fundraiser in Geneva. It’s one of several celebrity fundraisers on the Obama campaign calendar.

George Clooney 66ème Festival de Venise (Mostra)

The Clooney event costs between $1,000 per person to $30,000 per couple. It’s hosted by Charles C. Adams Jr., head of the Geneva office of lobbying giant Akin Gump, and Matthew Barzun, an Obama bundler and former ambassador to Sweden.

On August 12, Michelle Obama and the members of rock band No Doubt are headlining a fundraiser at the home of the group’s lead singer, Gwen Stefani. Admission to the Beverly Hills event ranges from $1,000 for a family “discount” to $25,000 for those who want to be listed as co-chairs.

Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria has top billing at a July 17 fundraiser in San Antonio. The event also features two prominent members of important local Hispanic political families, retiring Rep. Charlie Gonzalez, D-Texas, and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro. The mayor’s identical twin brother, state Rep. Joaquin Castro, is running for the congressional seat that Gonzalez will be vacating at the end of the year.

Photo credit: nicogenin via Flicker

2012 Elections 2012 Presidential Race Partytime special interests • POSTED - 07.02.12 BY Breanna Edwards

This Week’s Fundraisers: GOP VP candidates in money race?

It is an unbelievably slow week ahead Party Timers. Official Washington has decamped and, like much of the region, the party circuit appears to have lost power. How slow is it? Mitt Romney is vacationing in New Hampshire; President Obama is spending a few days in Camp David and the president’s campaign is taking its money prospecting overseas this week.

Here at Party Time, we’re taking advantage of the calm before the fall fundraising storm to take a look at how Mitt Romney’s veep prospects are doing on the partying circuit.

First, the events:

A late arrival: One bit of mopup from last week: On Saturday, Rep.  Gerry Connolly, D-Va., ended the congressional workweek — and kicked off the 4th of July recess — with a reception at the Country Club of Fairfax. Attendees made contributions between $100 and $1,000 to rub shoulders with the congressman.

Obama campaign in Paris: The  Obama Victory Fund must be taking another breather after last week’s non-stop gallivanting. The campaign only has one fundraising event planned and it’s not even in the U.S.! Americans Abroad for Obama, a group dedicated to, as its name implies, Obama 2012ers who are not currently not living in the homeland, will be throwing a reception in Paris on Wednesday. Ex-pats in France, or in countries near enough to pop by, are invited to contribute $250 or $1,500 to attend or host respectively.

Prospective GOP VPs partying hard: On Saturday, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, one of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s potential vice president nominees will be the honoree at a reception at a private home in New Hampshire. Tickets to this event cost $250 for individuals and include a photo op, while hosts are asked to cash out $500 for a program mention and the photo op.

Is the Romney campaign doing tryouts on the fundraising circuit? Note that both Portman, and other potential veep, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., were special guests at one of Romney’s receptions last week, while Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., yet mentionee for the runningmate’s slot was also helping Romney raise funds last week as well. And looking ahead to next week, Reclaim America PAC, Sen. Marco Rubio’s, R-Fla., leadership political action committee,  will also be joining in the parties.

Perhaps the one who raises more funds, or the one who helps Romney raise more fun will gain the coveted right hand man chair?

2012 Elections 2012 Presidential Race PartyTimeData Partytime • POSTED - 06.25.12 BY Lindsay Young

Obama changes fundraiser billing for administration officials

Richard Danzig, a member of President Obama’s Intelligence Advisory Board, and a secretary of the Navy under former President Bill Clinton, is appearing at a fundraiser in Paris. It’s not the first time Danzig has appeared on an invite for an Obama campaign. But this time, the wording is different.

Since Politico reported that Cabinet members were being billed in a way that might lead people to think they are hosting the fundraising events, the campaign is being much more explicit about their roles. The earlier ambiguity “raised red flags for Ana Galindo-Marrone, chief of the Hatch Act Unit in the Office of Special Counsel,” Politico reported.

The latest invitation differentiates hosts from “special guests.” The latest ask:  ”Please join Americans Abroad for Obama and special guest Hon. Richard Danzig for a reception in Paris.” The text of the invite says, “Obama Victory Fund 2012 – Reception with Hon. Richard Danzig hosted by Forrest Alogna, Zachary James Miller and Valerie Picard in Paris.” View the full invite below.

The previous invitation did not assign Danzig any particular role in the fundraiser.  “Please join Richard Danzig for a reception with supporters like you in Washington, DC,” it read. The only other description: “Obama Victory Fund 2012 – Reception with Richard Danzig.”

Reception with Hon. Richard Danzig in Paris


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