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Uncategorized • POSTED - 04.07.14 BY Palmer Gibbs

PT Round-up: Après McCutcheon, le party deluge?

Party people, welcome to the first Monday after McCutcheon.

We are bracing ourselves for an influx of fundraiser invites, seeing as the Supreme Court gave a heave-ho to that pesky cap on aggregate contributions. Now, anyone can dole out big-time bucks to federal candidates and political parties, limits be damned! Get ready to make it rain, K Street.

This only means more parties, friends. As politicians’ call lists grow, expect more invites to receptions at Johnny’s Half Shell, meet-and-greets at Tortilla Coast, and luncheons at Bistro Bis. (In the market for a creative way to get out of writing another check? We’ve got you covered with this list of excuses.)

And as your inboxes get flooded with invites, you know what to do – send them our way! We are dying to know who is taking advantage of the new no-limit rule and clamoring to get more money into their campaign coffers. Special Party Time kudos (hey, we may even get you a special PT hat!) for the intrepid soul who snags us the first invite to a funder for the-lid’s-off, post-McCutcheon committees that Sunlight’s own Jacob Fenton has dubbed “a super-joint.”  We think that makes him a contender in the contest over at The Fix!

Meanwhile, about those like-bunnies-multiplying invites: Email us, or upload them here (and, as always, rest assured that it’s a totally confidential process).

Let’s dig into this week, party people. And remember to send whatever you’ve got right here!

Obama heads to Houston

Another Wednesday, another fundraiser. After doing a twofer in Chicago last week, President Barack Obama hits up donors this Wednesday in Houston at a pricey fundraiser. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., will also attend.

Pharmaceutical lawyer John Eddie Williams and his wife, Sheridan, will host the partier-in-chief at their fancy-pants River Oaks home. This feels like a perfect matchup: The Williams couple knows how to throw a successful fundraiser and Obama knows how to get people to write a big check. (For those keeping track at home, PT records show this is the president’s 14th party since February.)

GOP = Going Out to Party

New Hampshire and Iowa are always popular party destinations for politicians with an eye toward higher office. Getting in good with the locals and the state’s party leadership usually pays off come voting time in these early primary states – and people mentioned in conversations about 2016 (see: Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.) drop by strategically and often.

The upcoming weekend is no different, as Party Time has four big-time (and big-name) events on the books for both states. The Republican Party of New Hampshire kicks things off on Friday evening with a Rally with Rand in Dover. It’s 50 bucks for what’s billed as a “casual reception” with the Kentucky senator. But that’s just the warm-up to Saturday’s conservative gabfest in Manchester at the first annual Freedom Summit.

Paul and Cruz are slated to speak at the daylong meeting, as are Donald Trump, Gov. Mike Huckabee, Utah Sen. Mike Lee, Newt and Callista Gingrich, Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn, New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte, radio talk show host Laura Ingraham, Iowa Rep. Steve King, and American Enterprise Institute head Arthur Brooks. A couple of groups you may have heard of – Citizens United and Americans for Prosperity Foundation – are hosting the sold-out event.

Meanwhile, over in Iowa, that state’s Republican Party will have its Lincoln Dinner Friday night in Cedar Rapids. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is the keynote speaker, and a fistful of Hawkeye State politicians will hobnob with donors paying between $75 and $1,000 for the dinner.

In a noteworthy nod to New Hampshire, Iowa’s King won’t be sticking around for the Lincoln Dinner’s after party. After that event wraps up, King will make his way over to New Hampshire where he’s a confirmed speaker at the Freedom Summit.

And Ryan will make the most of his westward trip, stopping in Chicago en route to his evening gig in Iowa. Friday afternoon, he’ll work the crowd at a luncheon fundraiser for Bob Dold, who is looking to reclaim his old House seat.

Georgians go for green

Turns out, it’s the week for GOP state delegations to party hard. On Monday evening, Georgia Republicans get together in Atlanta for the state party’s Spring Gala. Gov. Nathan Deal and a bunch of state pols will celebrate with T.W. Shannon, a “rising GOP star” running to replace retiring Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn. Also invited to attend the event? The full complement of Georgia’s GOP congressional delegation, which may make for an interesting evening.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss, who is stepping down this year, will be there, as will three of the people hoping for a chance to replace him. Reps. Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey and Jack Kingston continue to duke it out in a crowded primary race, which will be held in May.

Rep. Austin Scott, who represents Georgia’s 8th District, is also invited to the event. But Scott’s got some of his own fundraising to do, thank you very much. Monday afternoon, the National Maritime Manufacturers Association’s Boat PAC hosts a Cherry Blossom Cruise for Scott, with tickets starting at $500. The cruise should wrap up by 4:30, so if he hustles, he might be able to make dessert and coffee at the Spring Gala. Busy day!

Bill steps up for Marjorie

In a bit of a ’90s flashback, former President Bill Clinton rallies the faithful in Philadelphia this week for Marjorie Margolies. Margolies is running in the Democratic primary for Pennsylvania’s 13th District seat, which she held in 1992. But she only served one term, getting the boot from constituents after she delivered the last vote Clinton needed to pass his 1993 budget.

So Bubba is returning the favor and bringing some star power to Thursday’s noontime fundraiser.

It’s not the first time Margolies is calling on her Clinton connections, either; last October, she had an event with Clinton-era Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Oh, and did we mention that Margolies is Chelsea Clinton’s mother-in-law? We anticipate a fair bit of good-natured ribbing about picking up the pace on grandchildren.

McConnell money

The Kentucky Senate race continues to keep us on our toes. This week, in a grab bag of hosts, various PACs representing car companies, chemical manufacturing and alternative energy production are throwing a party for Sen. Mitch McConnell. Tickets to Thursday’s dinner at the Toyota HQ in downtown D.C. start at $1,000 and go up to $5,000.

The minority leader is a prolific fundraiser, and a recent peek at how one of his fundraising dinners goes down gives a little insight as to how he became so formidable on the social circuit. Looks like McConnell uses the silent treatment to his advantage, telling party attendees that they have to give the maximum amount and then simply waiting until they do.

This is the first fundraiser on the books for McConnell since the McCutcheon ruling, which makes us wonder just how much – and how – he’ll make donors pay up. Yikes.

Party people, that wraps up your week in fundraising! As those invites start really rolling in, keep us posted on what you hear about. Email us, or upload those invites right here.

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Uncategorized • POSTED - 03.03.14 BY Palmer Gibbs

PT Round-up: Conservatives party hard in Baltimore, GOP rallies around Mike McFadden, Sen. Mark Udall fundraises in Florida and New York

Hey, party people, hey! It has been a busy few weeks on the party circuit, and we love hearing about all of the fundraiser details: What was on the menu for Vice President Joe Biden’s visit? How were Rep. Tom Price’s dance moves at the Justin Timberlake concert? (Know more details, or have some invites to share? Send it all here.)

This week is shaping up to be a bit more traditional, with your run-of-the-mill luncheons and receptions. But even those can get interesting once you throw in a boldfaced politician or two, such as the fundraiser-in-chief himself: President Barack Obama will be out shaking the money tree for his party. And on Friday,  the Republican Governors Association will be lunching and fundraising in Atlanta with Gov. Chris Christie and Gov. Nathan Deal. The two GOP leaders continue to get heat for recent traffic issues in their respective states, with Christie not able to shake the George Washington Bridge scandal at home and Deal still recovering from the snow-induced commuter nightmare at the end of January.

And, as he’s fond of doing once every few months, Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., is having one of his Bagels with Ben fundraisers on Wednesday morning. We’ve always had a soft spot for this event, seeing as it combines two of our absolute favorite things – alliteration and carbohydrates.

Let’s keep this train going, folks. Here’s the rest of your week in parties!

Magic Mike

No, not that “Magic Mike.” We’re talking about Mike McFadden, the investment-banker-turned-Senate-candidate hoping for a magical run for Democratic Sen. Al Franken’s seat.

Franken squeaked into the Senate in 2008, besting his Republican opponent by just 312 votes (out of the approximately 2.4 million cast). But after six years of legislating, fundraising and shedding a bit of his “SNL”/Hollywood boisterousness, Franken doesn’t look as vulnerable as he once did. Rothenberg even put the seat into the “Safe Democrat” column for the 2014 cycle.

No matter – the GOP is throwing some of its biggest names behind McFadden this Wednesday at Party Time’s first recorded fundraiser for the Republican candidate. Last May, McFadden stepped down from his post as co-CEO of Lazard Middle Market to focus on his campaign; just a few months later, and he’s partying with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and 13 other senators, plus former Minnesota Sens. Rudy Boschwitz and Norm Coleman.

Our Real-Time tracker shows McFadden will need to keep the parties coming in order to elbow out Franken, who has been known to get creative on the social circuit. The Republican has just shy of $1.7 million in the bank compared to Franken’s $4.8 million.

Mike Making Money

Rep. Mike Capuano, D-Mass., wants to stay in the House and is having a luncheon this week to prove it. The Massachusetts native will fundraise over cheeseboards and meatball appetizers at Sonoma Restaurant on Wednesday afternoon.

This funder comes a few months after Capuano opted out of a run for governor in his home state. The Democratic primary would’ve pit him against Attorney General Martha Coakley, who bested Capuano once before. Back in 2010, the two duked it out for a chance to face Republican Scott Brown in that year’s special election for the late Sen. Ted Kennedy’s seat. Capuano lost that primary by almost 20 points, and then Brown won the general, becoming the first Republican senator elected from the Bay State since 1972.

Party Time’s data show the luncheon fundraiser is a go-to move for Capuano, but we’ve got high hopes that the congressman will spice it up a little during this campaign. After all, his nephew is “Fantastic Four” actor Chris Evans, who went out on the trail in the run-up to the 2010 special election. If you hear about a Capuano party in the works, you know what to do – send the details here.

Rally that base

This weekend (in a fairly accurate visualization of our country’s political polarization, by the way), the right and the left will be partying with some of their staunchest supporters on opposite coasts.

In Los Angeles, California Dems are having their State Convention, and inviting a fistful of big names to draw all sorts of blue state voters and operatives. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, California Attorney General Kamala Harris, Gov. Jerry Brown and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom will all be on hand on Saturday, as will Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (a potential 2016 White House contender) and Houston Mayor Annise Parker.

Across the country, on the Maryland Harbor, the Conservative Political Action Conference will get going on Thursday. This is going to be the place to be for conservative activists and politicians this weekend, and boy oh boy, it looks to be a jam-packed weekend.

Be sure to come caffeinated: Things get started at 9 a.m. with speeches from Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Utah Sen. Mike Lee, NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre and Donald Trump. And the hits just keep on coming Friday and Saturday – Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Heritage President Jim DeMint, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin are all slated to speak. And if all that speechifying gets you down, check out the Ann Coulter-Mickey Kaus debate Saturday afternoon.

Democrats hit the road

We know the president is scheduled to headline an event for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in DC on Tuesday and, the following day, two fundraisers in Boston for the Democratic National Committee. But if you’ve got more deets, please share!

Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., has a busy weekend planned. He’ll pop down to Florida on Friday and then head north on Sunday for two days in New York. He’s had the trips on the books for a few weeks now, and the timing couldn’t be better for the freshman senator. Last Wednesday, Udall and political watchers everywhere learned that Republican Rep. Cory Gardner would challenge Udall rather than running for reelection to the House seat he has held since 2010. Expect the GOP to pour lots of money and resources into this race, as Gardner is considered an up-and-comer and the National Republican Senatorial Committee made him a top recruiting target. Gardner has close — very close — ties to the energy industry, Sunlight has found.

With his southern California district encompassing some of the best-known movie and TV studios, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., knows the powerful draw of a big-screen star. This weekend, he is having his Second Annual Weekend with the Stars fundraiser in L.A. Specifics are TBA, although there is a nifty film role on the invitation, undeniable proof that donors will be rubbing elbows with celebs all weekend long.

And that’s the week, partiers! What have we missed? Let us know, by emailing us or sending invites here.

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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 - 12.16.13 BY Palmer Gibbs

PT Roundup: Beyonce, Breakfast, and Scott Brown

Hello partiers, and happy snowy December! Did we mention Beyonce’s coming to town? And a few lawmakers are sticking around for the fun(draising)?

As Congress winds down this unproductive year, we’ve had a few recent end o’ the year surprises, like a budget deal passing the House and heading to the Senate. In the midst of that development, one of the budget’s primary architects, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., even managed to pop down to sunny Florida for two fundraisers. Now that’s multitasking, folks.

But the whirlwind of holiday-themed parties of the last few weeks is coming to a close, meaning this, faithful partiers, is our last Party Time roundup of 2013. Did we mention Beyonce is coming? It’s been a crazy year, from a “Bring Your Own Gun” fundraiser with Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., to the government shutdown shutting down some – but not all – parties, to a Taylor Swift concert bringing in some campaign cash for Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Ky. And of course . . . Beyonce!

As politicians head to their home districts, dreaming of sugar plum fairies and humming seasonal songs, we know they are hoping Santa brings them lumps of cash, not coal. Over here at Party Time, all we want for Christmas is Beyo–ok, for you to send us more party invites! Toss anything you’ve got here, and yes, we know we are the easiest people to shop for on your list.

Before we totally close up shop, the good news is a few brave pols are still partying this week. Check out what’s on tap …

Beyonce. Need we say more?
What with his California district encompassing the celebrity-spotting hotspot of Los Angeles, Rep. Adam Schiff knows the pull of a bold-named special guest. Enter Queen Bey.

That’s right – on the heels of her surprise album release last week, Beyonce is hitting up D.C.’s Verizon Center Wednesday night, with a fistful of fresh songs (and, we’re assuming, new, big dance numbers). Schiff is hoping the promise of multiple costume changes and, well, Beyonce will get you to shell out some cash for his 2014 campaign. But tickets aren’t cheap, friends: Get ready to drop $2,500 for one ticket, or $4,000 for two.

And Bey isn’t the only heavy-hitter of the evening. Defense contractor Raytheon’s PAC is hosting Schiff’s fundraiser. According to our Influence Explorer data, Raytheon gives loads in campaign donations and spends a chunk on lobbying. Records in our Party Time database also show that Schiff is one of only two Democrats who’ve benefitted from a Raytheon-hosted party.

And this just in! We recently learned that Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, is hopping on the Beyonce train. Sessions, who early last week got a Democratic challenger in his 2014 race, will have a fundraiser of his own at Wednesday’s concert. Tickets are a steal when you sit with Sessions, at $1,000 per person or $2,500 for PACs.

Turns out Republicans and Democrats can agree on one thing – Beyonce does run the world.

Booker and Bennet Breakfast at the Bistro
Bistro Cacao will be a hub of Democratic fundraising come Tuesday and Wednesday. Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Michael Bennet of Colorado are each throwing breakfast funders there, aiming to bring in some campaign cash over cappuccinos and croissants.

Fortunately for Booker, his 24-hour fast in solidarity with immigration activists was last week. So, barring a same-sex wedding that needs officiating or a driveway that needs shoveling, Booker should be chowing down with supporters at Bistro Cacao Tuesday morning.

And after attending a string of fundraisers benefitting various Democratic Party campaign committees, Bennet is having a party of his own Wednesday morning. From our records at Party Time, this looks to be Bennet’s first funder since February, which isn’t all that surprising since he’s been heading up the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee for the 2013-14 cycle. Welcome back to the party circuit!

Scott Brown keeps us on our toes
Will he or won’t he? Scott Brown, former Massachusetts senator (and model), has been toying with a run in New Hampshire’s 2014 Senate race, which would pit him against Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. He’s headlining the New Hampshire GOP’s Holiday Party Thursday night, further stoking speculation of what a Brown campaign would look like in the Granite State.

One thing’s for sure – people on both sides of the aisle already have strong opinions about Brown’s candidacy, even though he hasn’t officially announced anything. The New Hampshire Firearms Coalition, a gun-rights advocacy organization, is asking its members to attend a protest at Thursday’s dinner, while the state’s Democrats kicked off an anti-Brown ad campaign last Wednesday.

If you’re interested in attending – and braving some protesters – get ready to throw down between $50 and $2,500 for a ticket.

Lenard goes long for campaign cash
After a failed primary bid in 2012 against Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., Brenda Lenard is trying again, this time running to unseat Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., in 2014. On Friday, she heads to California to bring in some big-time cash at a dinner at the home of big-time football star Terrell Owens. The Tennessean reported in September that Owens and Lenard had never met, and that Owens was paid to attend.

That’s it for this week, partiers. See you in the New Year! (And, until then, if you hear of any fundraisers, let us know.)

Uncategorized • POSTED - 12.09.13 BY Palmer Gibbs

PT Round-up: ‘Tis the season for politicians to party hard for campaign cash

Hello partiers! It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and what better way to celebrate than with a political fundraiser or two?

That’s certainly on Congress’s mind this week, even if it’s just a distraction from yet another looming budget battle. In fact, the Republican leader of the budget negotiations, Rep. Paul Ryan, will start out the week shaking the (palm) trees for cash in the Sunshine State. According to St. Petersblog, Ryan will breakfast Monday in the Orlando area with Republican supporters and members of Congress at the home of Rep. John Mica, R-Fla. The same day, Ryan is also slated to headline a $500-per-person fundraiser for Rep. Steve Southerland in Panama City, Fla.

This week’s social calendar is all sorts of busy, but we know there’s more going on out there. What are we missing? Send those invites/email blasts/stories (and pics!) right here.

Fundraising swing with Carl

The week of Thanksgiving, we pointed out how the partier-in-chief, a.k.a. President Barack Obama, was going on a fundraising tear along the West Coast, headlining seven parties in three days in Seattle and California. Party Time is similarly impressed with Carl DeMaio’s upcoming cross-country fundraising spree. (Hey, it’s hard work and somebody’s got to do it.)

DeMaio, a gay fiscal conservative whose campaign materials tout him as a “new generation Republican,” served on the San Diego City Council for one term before losing to former Rep. Bob Filner in the 2012 mayor’s race (and we all know how that turned out). But DeMaio isn’t interested in jumping into the special election to replace the scandal-plagued Filner; instead, DeMaio is looking to oust Democratic Rep. Scott Peters in 2014.

The San Diego race will be one to watch, and DeMaio is viewed as a potential star within the GOP. But last week, Politico reported a dustup within the party about whether or not the National Republican Congressional Committee should throw its support – and dollars – behind gay candidates.

But that’s not stopping DeMaio from hitting up the fundraising circuit: PT counts 25 scheduled fundraisers for DeMaio from June 2013 to next February, including this week’s tour. After hosting a champagne brunch at his San Diego home over the weekend, DeMaio hops over to Dallas for an evening reception on Monday. Then it’s off to New York City on Tuesday for a Log Cabin Republican event with fellow gay GOP candidate Richard Tisei, who is running to unseat Rep. John Tierney, D-Mass. And on Wednesday, DeMaio hits up D.C. donors with an evening reception.

Busy morning at Hotel George

The Hotel George is a popular fundraising spot – it’s swanky, it’s within spitting distance of the Capitol, and it’s getting a makeover. Come Wednesday morning, it’s the site of two separate breakfast fundraisers for Rep. Bill Enyart, D-Ill., and Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif.

Enyart recently made it official that he’d be running for reelection in 2014, but our Party Time data and Real-Time filings indicate he never really stopped raising campaign cash since arriving on the Hill earlier this year. On Wednesday, he’ll benefit from the fundraising pull of Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel, who is the “special guest” at the $1,000-plus breakfast.

That’s also the price tag for Speier’s funder, happening at the same time and at the same place. We suggest checking out what the Northern California native orders at her Winter Wonderland Breakfast Reception – in September, she brought a cooked steak, a bottle of vodka and a can of caviar to the House floor during a speech about food stamps and congressional food and travel expenses. Know what’s on the menu Wednesday, or any other good details? Share here.

Meeting up with Mitch

On Monday night, Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell is slated to attend an evening reception at the Bethesda home of Bruce and Leslie Lane. The event is billed as a “Washington Area Pro-Israel Reception” and lists 15 new-to-PT hosts.

The Kentucky Republican is fending off tea party challenger Matt Bevin in the primary as well as looking ahead to the general election, most likely against the well-funded Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Bluegrass and big bucks

Sen. Mark Warner is throwing a Bluegrass & BBQ Bash on Monday evening at Hill Country BBQ in downtown D.C. because, you know, nothing says “country” quite like 7th and D streets.

Tickets start at $50 for the fundraiser benefiting the Virginia Democrat’s 2014 reelection campaign. Although Warner remains popular and isn’t facing numerous challengers, he’s still shoring up support. Ken Cuccinelli, who recently lost the Virginia governor’s race to Terry McAuliffe, told the Washington Post it would be “tempting” to run against Warner next year. Expect plenty more barbecue if that comes to fruition.

Holiday happenings with Allen West

Florida’s fiery conservative Allen West may not be running for office, but he’s not far from the fundraising game. On Friday night at St. Jude Catholic Church in Boca Raton, the former GOP congressman headlines a holiday party, complete with a buffet dinner and holiday music. Proceeds from the $75-per-person event (or $1,000 to sit at West’s table) go to his namesake foundation. (And if this video is any indication, you are in for a rollicking good time.)

West’s leadership PAC, which works to elect more conservatives “in the same vein as Allen West,” also continues to rake in the dough, bringing in more than $1.3 million during the first half of this year. The PAC recently backed four candidates for the 2014 races, and 10 more endorsements are expected.

Florida football fun

Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., is betting a sports fan or two will plunk down some serious cash for a weekend-long retreat to watch the Dolphins-Patriots game with him. This isn’t the first time Deutch has spiced up a fundraising event; although he’s had his fair share of receptions and luncheons, he also hit up a Heat-Wizards game a few years ago and a Pink concert at the Verizon Center last spring.

What else is happening out there, partiers? Keep us posted.

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Uncategorized • POSTED - 11.11.13 BY Palmer Gibbs

PT Round-up: BYO Gun to target practice, Gov. Rick Scott heads to D.C., plus an expensive Philly cheesesteak

Good morning, partiers! As we appreciate our country’s veterans today, politicians are also taking off time from the fundraising circuit – the Monday holiday is the only day on this week’s social calendar that’s party-free. But have no fear; the pols will be back in action on Tuesday, asking for cash to fill up those campaign coffers.

This week’s events run the gamut, from your run-of-the-mill receptions to a Philly cheesesteak lunch to a birthday party at an amusement park. Not to be outdone, Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., has an afternoon of target practice with pistols and rifles planned for Tuesday in Virginia (could his own state’s new gun control law be the reason for crossing the river?). Plus, Gov. Rick Scott returns to the PT calendar on the heels of Charlie Crist’s announcement that he is running for governor.

And President Barack Obama continues his seemingly constant fundraising tour of the U.S., stopping in Philadelphia on Thursday for a Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee funder.

It’s going to be a fun week, partiers. Here’s the lowdown.

Ready! Aim! Fundraise!

We love learning new things over here at Political Party Time, so imagine our excitement when we heard about Rep. Andy Harris’s BYOG event. Does that mean bring your own grog, or perhaps build your own garment?

Nope. We learned it’s “Bring Your Own Gun” to an afternoon of target practice.

Tuesday’s two-hour event benefits Harris, the physician-turned-politician who is looking ahead to his 2014 reelection campaign. Harris came to office in 2010 as a staunch opponent of the Affordable Care Act, but John LaFerla and Bill Tilghman, the two Democrats lining up to challenge Harris, don’t want to scrap the law completely.

For those who want to support Harris at the Blue Ridge Arsenal on Tuesday, event organizers suggest leaving those shotguns at home: this is a rifles and pistols event. And in case you don’t have your very own, weaponry will be provided at the event. How accommodating!

Money for Matheson

Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, has been known to buck his party, voting with the GOP recently to fund sections of the federal government as the shutdown lumbered on. As each side hunkered down in their respective corners, Matheson told the Salt Lake Tribune, “I don’t vote with a party; none of us are supposed to do that. We’re supposed to be representatives.” Looks like that may have paid off: While Congress’s approval ratings are in the tank, Matheson is enjoying a 52 percent approval rating among Utah’s Republicans.

Matheson is prepping for his second faceoff with Mia Love, his opponent in a very close 2012 House race and the current mayor of Saratoga Springs. This go-around, Love already has gotten the endorsement (and the accompanying $5,000 contribution) of the Allen West Guardian Fund.

So far, each candidate’s cash-on-hand is about even, but Matheson is looking to bump up his bottom line with a breakfast fundraiser for his leadership PAC, SkiPAC. Tickets for the Thursday funder at Johnny’s Half Shell on Thursday start at $1,000 and cap out at $5,000.

Florida Fun

Gov. Rick Scott is back! After scratching a $25,000-per-person gator hunt in Florida last month, Scott is trekking to D.C. for a double-header on Thursday morning.

At 7:30 a.m., the Florida governor will be at a $2,500-a-plate breakfast reception. For $5,000, you can be a host and have a “photo opportunity.” (Let’s be real: If you are shelling out $5K that early in the morning, that photo better be guaranteed.) Then, at 9:30, it’s off to a coffee reception with former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour. Both events benefit Scott’s “Let’s Get to Work” organization.

Scott is revving up for the 2014 election, and the field got a bit more interesting last week when Charlie Crist officially announced that he’d be running for his old job with a new party affiliation. Crist, the GOP governor from 2006-2010, opted to run for the Senate in ‘10 instead of another round at the Governor’s Mansion. He ended up losing to Marco Rubio, first skipping the Republican primary and then running in the general election as an independent. Now, Crist is seeing how Sunshine State voters like him with a Democratic label.

A day after Crist said he’d be running for his old job, Florida lawyer and major Dem fundraiser Mitchell Berger hosted a funder that reportedly brought in about $500,000. And Scott was ready on the draw with an anti-Crist ad titled “He’s an opportunist.” That’s right, folks: 366 days from the election and we’ve got negative ads and bold-name backers. Get ready for yet another intense year, Florida.

Republican Ragers

Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, brings PT back to basics with two receptions at the Capitol Hill Club. On Tuesday evening, he’ll hobnob with Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., and on Wednesday, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is the featured guest.

And speaking of Ryan, the Wisconsin congressman and former VP candidate will head to Iowa on Saturday for Gov. Terry Branstad’s birthday celebration at Adventureland. The theme park may be closed for winter, but when the governor wants to have his party with roller coasters — like the wooden “Outlaw” pictured above – you just figure out how to make it work. We say: Bring a warm jacket.

Money Sandwich

Love a good Philly cheesesteak? Love it enough to spend $500 on one?

Rep. Joe Pitts, R-Pa., is hoping the answer is a resounding yes to both questions. He wants to raise some dough with everyone’s favorite gut-buster at a luncheon on Tuesday. And although this get-together is at a Capitol Hill townhouse, Pitts knows how to party: He seems to like hitting up baseball games and having Cup of Joe coffee chats (we are suckers for puns and themed parties).

Whew, that was quite a week partiers! But we know there’s more good stuff out there, so let us know what you’ve heard about.


Partier-in-Chief returns amongst the spring soirees

Sure, there’s a new pope and he’s very humble and nice and all, but Party Time is more excited for the return of another nearly omnipotent figure — the Partier-In-Chief! Yes, President and heavyweight champion fundraiser Barack Obama is back, heading West for a Democratic gold rush in early April. The swing will retire some DNC debt and generate some cash for the DCCC as it launches into the 2014 midterm battle. Buzzfeed obtained an email sent by Bay Area Democrats Chair Wade Randlett describing the events: An April 4 brunch with a remarkable $32,000 price tag, as well as a lunch later that day that costs as much as $20,000. It seems like Obama hasn’t lost his touch — in fact, he looks better than ever.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves here; next week alone offers a bevy of quality parties to check out. See the highlights below.

Dingell raises funds with guns
After California Democratic Sen. Diane Feinstein’s verbal assault on Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved a full ban on assault weapons yesterday — so what better time to have a fundraiser featuring guns! Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., will be having his Annual Pheasant Shoot on Monday in the small town of Boonsboro, Md. Dingell is an avid sportsman and vehemently pro-gun, receiving A+ ratings from the NRA. Prices are TBD, so if you’ve got the invite send it in here!

Cash Course for Crapo
Ever since Mormon Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, had that small drunk driving incident earlier this year, he’s been lying low in Party Time (and everywhere else). But that respite appears over, as PT picked up on eight upcoming parties planned in 2013 for his leadership PAC Freedom Fund, three of which are happening next week. He’ll be starting out with a Tuesday breakfast at top international law firm Faegre Baker Daniels on K Street, costing up to $2,500/PAC and $1,000/individual. Two days later, Crapo will be doubling up. First, he’ll celebrate the annual NCAA tournament with a March Madness Kick Off at the townhouse of Diageo — oddly enough, the world’s biggest producer of alcoholic drinks (Guinness, Smirnoff, Bailey’s, Captain Morgan, etc.). Prices for that event are also $2,500/PAC and $1,000/individual. Later that day, Crapo (pronounced CRAY-POE) will rush to Ruth’s Chris Steak House for dinner, again at the same price point. With all this partying scheduled, maybe Crapo should pump the brakes a bit.

Barrasso’s boys club
It’s going to be a boys night out for Senate Republicans on Monday, as Wyoming’s John Barrasso hosts his Leadership Reception. Riding along in the “Bro-jan Horse” will be Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., as well as Sens. John Cornyn, R-Texas, John Thune, R-S.D., Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Jerry Moran, R-Kan. It’s taking place right at the National Republican Senatorial Committee in Washington, D.C. and will run guests as much as $5,000/PAC and $2,500/individual. The event will be benefiting his leadership fund, Common Values PAC (apparently the only value they approve of having in common is conservatism). And don’t worry, girls are allowed — as long as they bring the entry fee.

GOP forgives, forgets and fundraises for DesJarlais
Talk about forgive and forget — House Republicans forgave, forgot and are now fundraising for embattled Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn. Or at least some of them. As a practicing doctor, the pro-life, family-values oriented lawmaker encouraged not only his wife to have an abortion, but his mistress and patients as well, according to divorce proceedings. The controversy is apparently too much for one Republican, Minnesotan John Kline, who said this week he would not attend the event after originally lending his name to it. But other DesJarlais colleagues are evidently on board to help Tuesday at the Capitol Hill Club, such as House Oversight Committee Chair Darrell Issa, Calif., and Agriculture Committee Chair Rep. Frank Lucas, Okla., as well as Reps. Jim Jordan, Ohio, Tom Price, Ga., and Steve Scalise, La. The price to let everyone know you’ve truly forgiven DesJarlais is $1,000/PAC and $500/individual.

#Stand (and #fundraise) with Rand
Fresh off his filiblizzard of now-CIA Director John Brennan, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., will be capitalizing on all that attention with a Reception and Dinner on Tuesday. It’s located at the UPS townhouse, and transportation industry groups like BNSF RailPAC are hosting. Also on the host committee are eye-popping groups like the National Association for Gun Rights (which sits to the right of the NRA, and has contributed to Paul before) and the PAC of the infamous nonprofit group Citizens United. And don’t forget the power lobbyists like Doyce Boesch, Kirk Blalock and Hunter Bates. If you’d like to stand with Rand, and use him as your personal sounding board, just pony up $5,000 per PAC or $2,500 per person.

Paul Ryan makes a “Schocking” appearance
Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., released a new budget proposal that “changed the conversation” on fixing America’s economy… according to Paul Ryan. If you’d like to hear Ryan talk about his game-changing policies, catch him stumping for conservative young gun Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., at his Reception and Dinner on March 21. It takes place at the Five Points Washington — Washington, Illinois, that is. The fundraiser exhibits how highly the former VP candidate thinks of Schock — Ryan’s been in high demand since the election, but has largely stayed off the party circuit. Plus it’s only $250 to get in — all the more reason to attend.

In case you missed it
Mr. Indecision A.K.A. Newark Mayor Cory Booker also has three events this week benefiting his Senate campaign committee, but PT already covered his fundraising explosion with a detailed stand-alone post here. Also make sure to read up the surge of fundraisers for lawmakers involved in the debate over immigration reform, featuring corporate-sponsored funders for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, members of the “Gang of 8″ and more.

Until next time, Partiers!

Photo courtesy of Pete Souza via Wikimedia Commons

2012 Presidential Race • POSTED - 10.19.12 BY Louis Serino

Stars Align for Obama, Romney’s Southeastern Swing, and an End to Partying?

Well, Partiers, it looks like it’s finally happening – the party is winding down. People are clearing out, the fridge is nearly bare, and the last bag of chips has been reduced to mere crumbs. Even the lobbyists left. But it’s not quite time to start the big clean up just yet.

With the election just a couple weeks away, politicians are amping up their campaign efforts in a last ditch effort to persuade every undecided voter. This is true up to the highest level, as both the Romney and Obama camps have noted that their candidates will not be appearing at any more fundraising events after this weekend. This leaves less time for “partying” (what we call fundraising around here), and Party Time has noticed the difference. Our records show the number of political fundraisers is steadily declining as lawmakers hit the road, falling from the convention season high of 414 per week to this week’s low of only 22. (Download every invite PT has ever collected here to look at the data yourself!)

Party's Over!

But there are still plenty of interesting fundraisers happening all throughout the week. Peek below for an overview of next week’s best. And we’re always looking for more invites, especially as they become more scarce – upload any you have right here. Thanks!

Romney’s Final Fundraiser?; Ryan Still on the Road
Overall, the Ryan/Romney ticket has raked in a respectable amount of green, surpassing their goal of $800 million for the election and raising $170 million in September alone. In fact, the Romney Victory Fund has been so successful that the campaign is canceling high-paying events in order to make more appearances in crucial swing states.

Making good on this plan, Rep. Paul Ryan has attended two funders in the crucial state of Florida. The first was a $25,000 dinner at the Old Collier Country Club in Naples, the second was slightly different – a $10,000 VIP reception and then a $25,000 dinner, this time at the beautiful St. Andrews Country Club in Boca Raton. But the main event comes on Saturday, as Romney himself attends what could be his last fundraiser, a $50,000 dinner in Palm Beach. What makes this interesting is that it’s hosted by Marc Leder – you may remember him as the “47% fundraiser” host. Leder has said he feels like he owes Romney after the last fiasco – will he redeem himself or will there be more drama the second time around?

Workhorse Ryan will be on the trail again Saturday for his third event in as many days, this time attending a $5,000 reception. It takes place in Short Hills, NJ, a town that’s known for having a mall so extraordinary that it has it’s own wikipedia page. He’ll follow that up with a VIP Reception on Oct. 26 boasting a truly all-star team of Republicans -South Carolina Sens. Lindsey Graham, Jim DeMint, and more will be on hand to talk shop and take pictures. But bring a good camera at least – photos run you $25,000 per couple.

Because Ryan and Romney have been so busy, they’re letting some proud surrogates take the reins for them. Dick Cheney and Josh Romney (who recently became famous in his own right by looking quite menacing during the last presidential debate) will stump for the Republican presidential hopeful at a luncheon that runs guests anywhere from $1,000 to $25,000. According to the Romney sons, Josh is likely the one to follow their father’s trail of public service – could this be the beginning of transforming him into a major political player?

Hollywood Helps Obama
The stars of LA are out in full force in the upcoming week to drive Obama to victory (not that he necessarily needs their help). The first event on Oct. 22 features a performance by “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” singer Cyndi Lauper, who actually does still perform, and thespian Alan Cumming, whose career has spanned the James Bond classic “GoldenEye” to “Spy Kids.” The fundraiser also includes a silent auction, and will cost guests the low price of $500 to get in.

Later in the week Michelle Obama will be attending a fundraiser at the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’s house, along with A-list actors and West Coast VIPs: Salma Hayek, Kawanna Brown, Rebecca Carter (Lady Gaga manager Troy Carter’s wife), Mai Lassiter (wife of Will Smith producing partner James Lassiter), and Jada Pinkett Smith. To get a photo opportunity with the first lady, supporters must pay $10,000 per couple, and to be an event co-host, the cost is $40,000. But it only costs a dirt-cheap $2,500 to get in the door to this high-profile event!

Finally, the latest (and last) Chords and Conversation with James Taylor will take place on Oct. 26. Taylor has been an avid supporter of Obama since 2008 (though he supported Sen. John Kerry beforehand), and has hosted events throughout the years. The performance will cost $2,500 as a guest, but $20,000 as an event co-chair.

Ronald Reagan Dinner Brings Republicans Together
Though all conservatives have the same ideology, they do have disagreements. But if there is one thing that they can agree on, it’s that Ronald Reagan was the greatest American hero to ever walk this Earth. And Republicans are celebrating his legacy at the Iowa GOP Ronald Reagan Dinner on Oct. 24. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, and conservative talk show host Jack Hunter will be in attendance to benefit the Iowa GOP. Tickets are still available, ranging from $5,000 to $50.

Deb Fischer Teams Up With Rubio – Again
One month after her Cupcakes and Champagne reception, Nebraska Senate candidate Deb Fischer is again calling upon Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., to help propel her to victory. This time around there is reception costing up to $2,000 per couple – though no cupcakes are promised at this fundraiser. What a rip-off!

Though the fundraising season seems to be winding down, it certainly won’t end completely. Look for fundraising to continue well after the election – after all, the candidates have to pay for their increased campaigning somehow!

Until next time, Partiers!

2012 Elections • POSTED - 10.17.12 BY Louis Serino

Ryan not messing with Texas

Although presidential hopeful Mitt Romney trailed Barack Obama’s Sept. fundraising efforts, staffers of the Romney Victory Fund remain confident in the campaign’s financial strength in the weeks leading up to election day. In fact, they are so optimistic that they have voluntarily canceled a $25,000 per couple breakfast with Rep. Paul Ryan. But even if they did have a surplus of cash, why would the campaign refuse such a massive pay-off?

In a letter to (former) attendees – which you can see below – Romney Victory fundraising consultant Krystle Alvarado explains:

Since Governor Romney’s first debate a couple of weeks ago, online contributions have gone through the roof… We weighed the two options of taking [Rep. Paul Ryan] out of the battleground states for high dollar events or keeping him where he needs to be, connecting with the voters in Ohio, Virginia, Florida and the rest of the ever expanding map.

This strategy explains the abandonment of Ryan’s lucrative $25,000 breakfast, despite the hefty price tag. It was to have taken place in solidly Republican Midland, Texas, the former home of Presidents George H. W. Bush and his son, George W. Bush. But the lure of oil patch cash wasn’t enough for Ryan at this late stage of the election. Instead of heading to Texas, whose 38 electoral votes appear destined to go to Romney, the Republican nominee’s runningmate is journeying into the crucial battleground states that will decide the election.

Potential VP Ryan has been a workhorse for the Romney campaign, attending at least 13 fundraisers in the month of October and about three dozen since being picked as Romney’s running mate in early August. His efforts alone have raked in hundreds of thousands of dollars for the former Massachusetts Gov.

Ryan’s mission to woo undecided voters (and get some green) continues this week when he and Romney will waltz through Florida, attending three fundraisers in as many days to benefit Romney Victory. The first is a private dinner at Old Collier Country Club in Naples that will, conveniently, cost $25,000 per plate. The very next day, Ryan will again be the guest of honor at a VIP reception and dinner in Boca Raton. Snapping a photo with the potential veep will run you $10,000, but dinner will again run you a cool $25,000. But the main event occurs on Oct. 20, when Romney himself appears at a $50,000-a-plate dinner at a private residence in Palm Beach.

With fundraising efforts eclipsing expectations, the Palm Beach fundraiser may also be Romney’s last according to Brian Ballard, a finance co-chairman for Romney in Florida. The decision comes amid Obama’s own call to quit fundraising in order to focus on campaigning.

The letter from Alvarado may praise the size of the Romney campaign’s “strength” and bank account, but she’s quick to remind supporters that the race – and the fundraising – isn’t over yet:

“This is not to say that we don’t need your help raising money!”

2012 Elections 2012 Presidential Race • POSTED - 10.12.12 BY Louis Serino

VPs Take Center Stage in Debate (and Fundraisers), Romney’s big bucks slumber party, and an end to Obama’s fundraising career?

(Updated 10/13/2012 6:00 p.m.)

Vice President Joe Biden and new best friend Congressman Paul Ryan fought it out at “The Thrill in the ‘Ville” yesterday, verbally sparring in a lively and heated debate. Win, lose or draw, both President Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney are hoping their VPs performance helped rocket them into the lead for the White House. Mere weeks now remain before Nov. 6, and each presidential candidate is ratcheting up their fundraising efforts for that final bump – or are they?

President Obama says he is done with fundraising. Finished. Forever! At least that’s what his national finance committee wrote to supporters, saying, “I can’t believe I am sending this email. The final finance event with President Obama is here.” Find out what the big finale event is and more below!

Obama’s Victory Fund Isn’t Done Yet
Although the president himself may not appear at future events, the Obama Victory Fund is still on fire, hosting no less than 10 events in the upcoming week. Several of these will be headlined by Joe “Bunch of Stuff” Biden, ramping up his financial efforts with three events in four days. He’ll start Saturday by attending a musical evening at a private residence in Connecticut. To hear the dulcet tones of TV actress Audra McDonald, you’ll have to pay at least $1,000, with costs rising up to $20,000. He’ll then travel to Sin City on the 15th for a $25,000/$5,000 per plate dinner at the Bellagio, one of Las Vegas’s iconic hotel-casinos. The revenue rush continues the very next day for Biden, slated to appear at a toned-down “Hometown Assembly” in the swing state of Colorado. Prices go as low as $50 for general admission, but it’ll take $7,500 for a group photo with the VP.

Other than Joe, supporters in NYC can join Obama’s better half at a reception in Long Island, with prices to chat up Michelle rising to as much as $10,000. If you prefer a little international flare with your fundraisers, you can throw back a Guinness at a reception in Ireland! Watch out for the tab though, that pint will cost up to $5,000.

Republicans Raking Dough for Romney
Not to be outdone by Biden, potential Vice President Ryan has been going on his own spree of fundraisers for Romney Victory, Inc. He’ll be at Spanish tapas restaurant Solera in Minneapolis’ Theater District, but it comes with a maximum $50,000 price tag.

And Romney’s big fundraisers are invited this week to a two-night slumber party starting Monday at Manhattan’s iconic Waldorf Astoria Hotel. They’ll be able to schmooze with Ryan as well as plutocrat-turned-would-be presidential kingmaker Donald Trump and join a Tuesday debate-watching party with comedian Dennis Miller. These details are all courtesy of Boston Globe reporter Matt Viser’s account. We also thank him for sharing the schedule.

Ann Romney will also be out fundraising for her husband, appearing at a swanky soiree at the Hilton in Harrisburg, Pa. To walk and talk with Mrs. Romney, it is a mere $1,000 per couple, but to wine and dine with her, it is $15,000 per couple.

Flake’s Fundraising Frenzy
Republican Jeff Flake (born in Snowflake, AZ – weird on many levels) is the representative of Arizona’s sixth district, but he’s currently locked in a dead heat with Democrat Richard Carmona, who served as surgeon general for the nation’s last Republican president, George W. Bush. We know what that means – bring on the fundraisers! Flake’s scheduled at least eight from now ’til election day. Next week, he’s organized an “Afternoon at the Creek” at Hidden Valley Ranch – no, not the famed creamy salad dressing creator. It’s actually property owned by fellow Arizona politician John McCain, and it’s known as his “Sedona Ranch” (though it’s not even in Sedona, but rather a neighboring town). But judging by this Google Maps image, it’s certainly hidden.

Don’t count out Carmona though, as he’s been hauling in a fair chunk of change recently as well. A recent Politico article notes that the Democratic nominee has raised approximately $2.2 million dollars in the third quarter alone. Financial reports for the period are due to land at the Federal Election Commission on Monday.

Toss Ups!
Republican Rodney Davis is hoping his campaign for an Illinois congressional seat gains some momentum from a fundraising appearance by conservative big dog John Boehner. The dinner and reception will also have members Aaron Schock, John Shimkus, and Adam Kinzinger, costing folks between $5,000 and $250. It is also ranked as a “toss up” by Real Clear Politics and the Cook Political Report, both of which have Davis tied up with Democratic opponent David Gill.

In Virginia, former Gov. Tim Kaine is competing against Republican George Allen (also a former governor and a former senator) in a close race for the seat Allen once held. To boost his funds, Kaine’s hosting a reception in Charlottesville, Va., where supporters can shell out from $1,000 to $100 to attend. Allen has held multiple events in October as well, and hopes to reclaim his former place in the Senate.

Fundraising while Beer Tasting!
Rep. Judy Biggert may have figured out the key to an irresistible fundraiser – make sure there is plenty of beer there! In this week’s “Most Fun Fundraiser,” The Illinois Republican is hosting a craft beer tasting to benefit her campaign. Tickets to the event range from $1,000 to $100, with a variety of potent potables to be served. PT has a hunch that this may be a successful fundraiser!

Those are the highlights to next week’s political finance events. As always, let us know if you’ve got an invite by uploading it here. Stay tuned to see if Obama’s pledge to end fundraising rings true – or if it’s just a bunch of malarkey!

Until next time Partiers!


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