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This Week’s Fundraisers: Romney in Michigan; old and new candidates party for dollars

Updated, 3:50 p.m., 6/18/2012: It’s going to be an incredibly busy week Party Timers! The nation’s lawmakers seem to have returned to fundraising with a vengeance as they vie to gain or maintain their positions. This week, Party Time has almost 50 events on record while the presidential candidates seem to be taking a breather this week. Both President Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney have a few events lined up for this week, but most of the action is for House and Senate candidates. The highlights:

Obama campaign in Chicago and California: Obama’s right hand, Vice President Joe Biden is supposed to be in the president’s hometown Monday for a lunch at the Chicago Cut Steakhouse. The time of this event was not yet distributed when Party Time acquired the invite but tickets are $5,000 a head, $10,000 if attendees wish to play host.

On Thursday, Obama supporters in the Golden State are invited to attend a Gen44 House Party at a private home. At $100, these tickets are a bit more affordable than the Chicago lunch. The event will give many Obama 2012ers a chance to rub shoulders with California state lawmakers such as state Senator of the 3rd district Mark Leno (D-Calif.) and Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, to name a few.

Romney hits the homies: GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney has two fundraisers set for Wednesday in Michigan, the state where he was born and raised. Have an invite? Send it our way.

Hatch hearts the Monocle: One week before he faces primary opponent Dan Liljenquist, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, is holding not one but two fundraisers at the Monocle, a restaurant that, as Salt Lake Tribune reporter Matt Canham notes, is one of the veteran lawmaker’s favorite hangouts. Breakfast Tuesday or Thursday will cost between $1,000 and $5,000. Rick Santorum, the former GOP presidential candidate — and Hatch’s former Senate colleague – endorsed Liljenquist last week.

Newcomer candidates making a splash on the campaign board: This week, five candidates relatively new to the Party Time scene will be showing up some of the old school members of Congress.

Republican Senate  candidate Josh Mandel, who is running in Ohio, will be having three back-to-back fundraisers Monday. The first will be a lunch at Johnny’s Half Shell. Prices for this event range from $500 to $2,000 for individuals and $1,000 to $5,000 for PACs. A few hours after his lunch, Mandel will be hosting a similarly-priced reception at which Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., will be a special guest.  A half-hour later, the candidate is slated to hold yet another reception at the National Republican Senatorial Committee Headquarters for the same price.

Democratic Congressional candidate Jamie Wall, running for the 8th district of Wisconsin, will hold a reception Monday as well with tickets ranging from $250 to $5,000. Reps. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y., Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., Gwen Moore, D-Wis., Ron Kind, D-Wis. and former Rep. Thomas McMillen, D-Md. are scheduled to be at the event.

Another Democratic congressional candidate, Hayden Rogers —  pursuing the seat for North Carolina’s 11th district — will be the beneficiary of  a Tuesday lunch featuring Rep. John Larson, D-Conn., costing between $250 to $2,500.

New Jersey state Sen. Joe Kyrillos, a Republican who is challenging Democratic incumbent Sen. Robert Menendez, will be holding a reception at the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s headquarters Wednesday. Sens. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. and Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif. are expected to attend to the event. Individuals can attend for $250 or sponsor for $5,000 per ticket.

Last but certainly not least, Linda Lingle, Hawaii’s former Republican governor who is now running for Senate, will hold back-to-back events In DC. On Wednesday, Lingle will hosts a roundtable discussion and luncheon at Bistro Bis, featuring Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., and former Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va. Tickets range from $500 to $5,000 for this event.

The next day, Lingle will be feted at a Johnny’s Half Shell reception with Sens. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, Susan Collins, R-Maine, Olympia Snowe, R-Maine and Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H. This event is a bit cheaper: Tickets run from $500 for individuals to $2,500 to host.

Out of the Normal: As usual, some congressmen and congresswomen just are not satisfied with the usual receptions, breakfasts and other such events so we have a handful of more quirky events lined up for you this week.

Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, will be having a Track & Skeet Shoot and Lunch on Monday at the Prince George’s County Trap & Skeet Center on Monday. Tickets range from $500 to $2,000.

Iowans who live in the capital have a chance for a taste of home on Monday. Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, will be hosting his 5th Annual Taste of Iowa featuring taste dishes and treats from all over the state including Stone Cliff wines, Maytag cheese and the 2007 Best of Iowa Pork Tenderloin winner.  Young Professional Iowans (and those who just long for a taste of a different state) can get in for $25, while PAC hosts have to pay as much as $2,500.

Rep. Pat Meehan, R-Pa., will be hosting a Cheesesteak & Yuengling reception on Tuesday. If you like either cheesesteak or the Pennsylvania brew, or both, be prepared to dig up between $500 and $2,000 to enjoy.

Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-N.Y., will be having a Summer Barbecue reception, also on Tuesday. The suggested contribution for this event is a straight $1,000.

And, as cheesesteak seems to be the flavor of the month, Rep. Allyson Schwartz, D-Pa., will be having a Philadelphia Cheesesteak Bash. The lovers of this classic Philly treat should be prepared to cough up between $500 and $2,500, however.

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., will be enticing summer-loving donors with a Wednesday Summer Kick-Off Reception. Tickets cost $1,000 for guests.

Joining Schiff in his welcoming of the much warmer weather is Rep. Lois Capps, also a Democrat from California. Her Summer Fiesta reception will also be on Wednesday  and will also cost $1,000 for attendees.

Finally, Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., holds his Third Annual Burgers & Beer on the the same day and cost the same price as the summer celebrations. You can trade ceremony but you still have to pay the price.

The Getaways: We have a handful of different outdoorsy events happening this week.

Golfers can get clubs and cart ready as Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., is planning a golf trip at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Virginia on Monday. Tickets cost $1,000 for individuals.

For those who enjoy being on the water, Rep. Andrew Harris, R-Md. is planning an afternoon cruise on the Finished Business at the Capital Yacht Charters in D.C. for a mere $250 per person. This event is also on Monday.

Music lovers will also get a chance to visit the Music City of Nashville, Tenn. for a fundraising benefitting the leadership PAC of Sen. Alexander, R-Tenn. Tenn PAC is raising money at a 2nd annual Music City weekend. The event runs from Friday to Sunday. Party Time doesn’t have much more information as it pertains to the ask for this event or the location, but if you do let us know!

Finally, Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., will be wooing supporters in his home state for his leadership PAC (Grimm PAC) on a Staten Island, N.Y. trip from Friday to Saturday. Tickets cost $2,500 for individuals. The big bucks get supporters into a Staten Island Yankees Baseball Game, a VIP tour of Staten Island and Brooklyn and a Staten Island Dancing with the Stars event with Rep. Grimm himself.

2012 Elections Partytime special interest • POSTED - 03.12.12 BY Breanna Edwards

This Week’s Fundraisers: Parties for St. Paddy’s and O’Bama

Obama Victory Fund 2012 Events: This week the Obama Victory Fund 2012 will benefit from two events. The first is a Monday dinner at the home of Sen. John Kerry and his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry. Vice President Joe Biden will be attending. Tickets range from $10,000 per couple to attend the dinner and reception to $25,800 per couple for the greet clutch, photo reception and dinner.

On Friday, the president himself will be present at a reception featuring Cee Lo Green. The event will be held at the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Ga. Tickets for this event start at $2,500.

Top o’ the week to ya: After early celebrations last week, two St. Patrick’s Day events are lined up to spread the Irish cheer even further. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee will be holding a St. Patrick’s Day Reception on Thursday at Hill County BBQ. Tickets range from $1,000 to $2,000.

The next day,  Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., will celebrate his 18th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Fete at Kena Temple. Tickets to this event range from $40 to $500.

The PACs are at it: This week Party Time’s calendar shows nine PACs hosting fundraising events. Kelly PAC, named for Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H. will be holding a breakfast.  Tenn PAC, affiliated with Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Freedom Fund, affiliated with Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, will have lunches. Holding dinners or receptions this week: The Reclaim America PAC, affiliated with Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.; the Fund for America’s Future (Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.);   ARK PAC, (Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark.);  Denali PAC, (Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska); the Tallatchee Creek PAC (Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala..) and the Free State PAC (Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan.).

Cummings going strong: Rep. Elijah Cummings, who most recently made news for introducing a bill that would change how the government would deal with Hatch Act violations, will be holding two fundraisers this week. On Tuesday, the Maryland Democrat will have a reception priced from $250 to $2,500. Two days later, another equally priced reception, will be hosted by the members of Organized Dentistry.

Goodbye Snowe: Sen. Olympia Snowe, who had been active on the PartyTime circuit last year, has cancelled all of her future fundraising events. In a surprise announcement late last month, the Maine Republican announced she will not be seeking reelection.


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

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