Here at PT HQ, we can’t believe we’re already wrapping up July and looking toward August. But even with Congress staring down summer break, the fundraising is still in full swing here in D.C. Meanwhile, wannabe-congressfolk are out pulling double duty, shaking hands and the money tree, as they work vacation-ready donors. Here’s a glimpse at this week’s fundraising calendar:
* Thursday evening: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie – consistently on a list of possible GOP 2016ers, and a frequent party animal – hits the road for a shindig for the Republican Party of New Hampshire.
* Arizona Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is slated to headline a fundraiser for Walt Havenstein at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington on July 30.
* Rep. Gary Peters, D-Mich., is running for Senate in his home state. This week, Peters will throw a luncheon at popular party post Johnny’s Half Shell. Tickets to Wednesday’s fundraiser start at $500 and go up to $5,000.
* Bargain hunters rejoice: For a cool $1,000, you can break bread with three Democratic senators — two of whom just happen to be running for reelection this year — and one former Democratic senator. On Saturday, Minnesota Sen. Al Franken(“Saturday Night Live” royalty) and New Mexico Sen. Tom Udall (political dynasty royalty) will lunch with former New Mexico Sen. Jeff Bingaman and his successor, Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., in Albuquerque. It’s a four-for-one deal, folks!