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Congressional Getaways • POSTED - 11.14.11 BY La Toya Gratten

This Week’s Fundraisers: Pre-Turkey Day Hunts, Birthday Bashes, Tequila Tuesday

Free as a Bird – Just in time for Thanksgiving, several lawmakers will be out hunting this week. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., got an early start shooting fowl this morning at a farm in King George, Va. for his leadership PAC. From Thursday through Sunday, the National Republican Senatorial Committee, with special guests Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., and Richard Burr, R-N.C., is putting on a cabin retreat weekend in Georgia chock full of rugged activities: that includes “one-on-one” boar and deer hunting, quail hunting, sporting clays, “unlimited” golf, access to a fishing boat, and tennis—all in exchange for a $5,000 contribution plus hunting and lodging fees. Not to be outdone, Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., is putting on a quail hunt weekend of his own, also in Georgia, this weekend.

More target practice – Rep. Bill Owens, D-N.Y., will be at the National Rifle Association’s Capitol Hill offices tonight for a “latest in laser shooting technology” fundraiser.

Libations for Larson –The Capitol Hill townhouse of U.K.-based beverage Giant Diageo is the site of a “Tequila and Oyster Tasting” tomorrow night for John Larson, D-Conn., the chair of the House Democratic Caucus. The event may be a reminder that Diageo, the maker of Captain Morgan rum and Johnnie Walker whiskey, also distributes Jose Cuervo tequila (and has been in talks this year to purchase the brand). This attractive event commands donations between $1,000 and $5,000.

Birthday Bashes – Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., will be busy with two birthday celebration fundraisers this week. The first is a birthday reception tomorrow at the lobby shop Twenty First Century Group. The second will be at Park 52 Restaurant in Chicago this Saturday.  That party will cost $5,000 to chair and $2,500 to co-host, but individuals can get in for as little as $150.

Tomorrow night, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and a host of other GOP senators will be throwing Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., a “Joe’s Stone Crab Reception” birthday party at an office suite near the Capitol. The cost to attend is $1,000 for PACs and $500 for individuals.

The Big 4-0! Rep. Tom Reed, R-N.Y., has landed about two dozen colleagues (including Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.) to entice supporters to celebrate his landmark birthday at the American Trucking Associations‘ digs Wednesday evening, according to the invitation. It’s free for the lawmakers but not for everyone else—PACs are paying $1,000 or $2,500 and individuals are paying $140 or $240 (a relatively low ask for these kinds of events).

Jersey Boys with Jersey Senator – Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., will be using the musical Jersey Boys, playing at the National Theatre, to fundraise tomorrow evening. After the performance, he has invited donors to a private reception at the Helen Hayes Lounge. Tickets cost $2,500.

Cyber lunch – Rep. Yvette Clarke, D-N.Y., is putting on a lunch fundraiser tomorrow targeted at “High Tech, Cyber and Homeland Security” industry donors at Art & Soul. The contribution levels are $2,500 for co-hosts, $1,000 for PACs and $250 for individuals.

For a comprehensive list of this week’s fundraisers, check out our upcoming events page.

Partytime • POSTED - 02.26.10 BY Elham Khatami

Mo’ Money, No Problems

Money ain’t a thang for Jay-Z and it won’t be for several lawmakers who are hoping to cash in on the rapper’s upcoming concert at the Verizon Center.

Rep. Andre Carson (D, IN-7), Rep. John Larson (D, CT-1), Rep. Sanford Bishop (D, GA-2), Rep. Ed Towns (D, NY-10), and Rep. Yvette Clarke (D, NY-11), will all host fundraisers at the Jay-Z concert on March 3. Of the five, only Clarke and Towns draw logical connections to the rapper, who is described as a “fellow Brooklyn native” in Clarke’s invitation and “Brooklyn’s own” in Towns’ invitation.

Partytime health care • POSTED - 07.15.09 BY Nancy Watzman

Health care lobbyists fete House Education & Labor members

The House Education and Labor Committee launched hearings today on the House version of the health care bill. Click here to see fundraising parties for members of the committee. Unlike the Senate Health, Education and Labor Committee, very few of these invitations include host information; however, of those that do, some feature health care lobbyists as hosts:


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.