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Partytime inaugural • POSTED - 12.02.08 BY Nancy Watzman

Partying on at the Inaugural

The National Journal’s “Under the Influence” blog, via reporter Bara Vaida, has the scoop on parties announced so far for President Barak Obama’s inauguration. She notes that while Obama’s presidential inauguration committee has limited contributions from individuals to $50,000 apiece, and won’t accept any from corporations, political action committees, and lobbyists, there are plenty of unofficial parties where these rules don’t apply.

She points to the gala thrown by Obama’s home state Illinois State Society party, which Politico reports has benefitted from big contributions from Illinois-based companies such as Exelon, American Airlines, Abbott Labs, Kraft Foods, Navistar, and Monsanta. The rumor is that Obama may stop by the event, and one cocktail party may include members of Congress.

Here is a list of parties announced so far compiled by the DC Convention Authority.  Here’s another from We’ll work on getting them into our Party Time database.

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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)

We also post information we receive about parties where members of Congress are expected to participate—such as convention or inaugural parties.

Since we don't hear about all the parties, you can also tell us if you know where the party is and we don't.