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Documenting the Political Partying Circuit
From the early hours of the morning until late in the evening, politicians are partying. Sunlight's PARTY TIME can help you find out who is partying, where and when.


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Uncategorized • POSTED - 03.13.12 BY Lindsay Young

Obama’s fundraiser to “get lifted” by John Legend and Education Secretary Arne Duncan

John Legend, the Grammy winning singer and songwriter, and Arne Duncan, the secretary of education, make an unusual duet but are combining forces to attract large donors to an March 20 fundraiser for President Obama. (It may be safe to assume that John Legend will be the only host singing.)

The event is to be held at the home of Cari and Michael Sacks in the posh Ritz-Carlton on Chicago’s “Magnificent Mile.” Michael Sacks is an Obama bundler and the founder of Grosvenor Capital Management L.P, one of Chicago’s biggest hedge-fund firms, according to Chicago Business. Last year, he was chosen by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to serve as Chicago’s chief corporate ambassador.

After rocking out with John Legend,  guests can participate in a discussion moderated by Melody Barnes, the former director of the White House Domestic Policy Council.

Legend performed multiple times for the Obama campaign in 2008 and appeared in songs about his candidacy. The soiree will cost attendees between $5,000 and $25,000 dollars.

2012 Elections 2012 Presidential Race Partytime special interest • POSTED - 02.29.12 BY Breanna Edwards

Fashion-forward Obama heads to the Big Apple

President Barack Obama heads to New York  on Thursday for a fashion makeover of his campaign war chest. Well-known decorators, actors and artists will be in the crowd when Obama attends a reception at the home of his White House decorator to raise money for the Obama Victory Fund. Tickets range from $10,000 to $35,800.

Among the hosts of the event:

Michael Smith, who will provide the venue for the event, became the image-meister for the First Family’s home in 2009, when the Obamas appointed him to redecorate the residential quarters;

Smith’s partner, James Costos, an HBO executive

Tory Burch is an American fashion designer and businesswoman. Burch has designed for Obama’s campaign for the Runway to Win Event, according to the Huffington Post;

Michael Kors, another American fashion designer who sometimes has the first lady for a model;

Actress Mariska Hargitay of the Law and Order SVU television series, who has helped Obama with his campaign against domestic violence;

Other big name co-hosts include Lyor Cohen, the North American chairman and CEO of recorded music for Warner Music Group; Elizabeth Redleaf, film producer and founder of Werc Werk Works; Glen Senk, former Urban Outfitters CEO, and and Margaret Russell, editor-in-chief of Architectural Digest.

According to ABC News, this event is the cap to a big New York fundraising swing for Obama.  He is expected to attend three other fundraisers before this reception. Including:

  • Another private reception with 100 guests. Tickets for this event start at $5,000.
  • A $35,800-per-plate dinner at French chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s ABC Kitchen. Eighty supporters are expected to attend this event.
  • A gala reception hosted by big names such as Deepak Chopra and Russell Simons, which Sunlight reported about earlier. Tickets for this event range from $1,000 to $38,500.
2012 Presidential Race • POSTED - 06.23.11 BY Keenan Steiner

Huntsman’s fundraiser burst continues in Utah

After announcing his bid for president Tuesday, GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman has planned a flurry of fundraisers, with an almost daily schedule of receptions from now until July 1.

He’s also invited high-dollar GOP supporters to a weekend with him and his wife at his Utah resort town home next month. The invitation is aimed at all those donors who can bundle at least $25,000.

The agenda includes a high-level campaign briefing, a breakfast with Huntsman and a ‘thank you’ reception.

On July 1, he’s also holding a barbecue fundraiser at his Washington, D.C. home, as Politico reported.

Before his official announcement, Huntsman had already held a rooftop reception at a downtown Washington, D.C., office building for his leadership PAC. The June 15 gathering was hosted by a long list of GOP lobbyists and insiders.

The leadership PAC, called HPAC, is a separate committee from Jon Huntsman for President, which is listed on the other invitations.


Beneficiary: congressional candidate, lawmaker, or entity which collects funds raised at party

Host: person who is hosting party-often, but not always, a registered federal lobbyist

Venue Name: where the party is

Entertainment Type: type of gathering, such as "breakfast," "ski trip," "bowling"

Other Lawmakers Mentioned: lawmakers mentioned on invitation who are used as a draw for the event

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

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