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Holidays making for slow news week in Washington? Sounds like a perfect time to catch some sun and collect some cash!
So it went with this White House this week. With Congress on holiday and politics slowing to a halt, the president has sought both sunnier climes and political cash in California and Washington state. There were a couple policy stops in between, but the focus has largely been on Obama’s planned stops at the homes of some seriously wealthy Democratic donors, including Haim Saban and Magic Johnson and CEO/billionaire Jeffrey Katzenberg.
Pres now proceeding to 2 Dem fundraising events, where a chance to interrupt him can cost up to $32,400.— Mark Knoller (@markknoller)
It’s the Vice President’s 71st birthday and he’s had little time for celebration — what with the politicking, speech-giving and fundraising that goes into being the Veep.
In honor of Joe’s Big Day, Party Time has compiled an interactive map of all Joe’s fundraising exploits of the past year.
Follow the link and click on the Cups of Joe (get it?!) to learn more about some of the high-priced shindigs the Vice Partier has graced with his presence in 2013.
(Pictured below: An actual satellite image of Biden returning from official business in Panama back to the party circuit.)
The rubber chicken circuit has taken Joe far beyond the beaten track of the Washington beltway, to places like Shaker Heights, Ohio and Indianola, Iowa. Is someone testing the waters for a 2016 run at the White House? Only Joe can know for sure.
Attention Democrats: Tired of getting priced out of the same old big-money political fundraiser?
Well you’re in luck! Because according to the Washington Examiner, the Democratic National Committee is SLASHING PRICES! to President Obama’s upcoming $1,000 funder in San Francisco. Quoth the Examiner:
[W]e have reduced the price for the general admission luncheon tickets to $500/person,” Shefali Razdan Duggal, a member of the DNC’s national finance committee, wrote in the email. “In addition, all current $1000 ticket holders will be upgraded to VIP (this includes premium seating near the stage and Presidential rope line access).”
That’s right: Now you can attend for the low-low price of just $500! But act fast — with that price, we’re sure these tickets won’t last long.
Yup, the “G" stands for gun.
Whether you’re packing heat in the form of a pistol or rifle (the invite “recommends shotguns be left at home”), bring it on down to the Blue Ridge Arsenal in Virginia “for an afternoon of target practice” with the congressman! And don’t worry if you lack firepower - the campaign “will provide guns for those who do not bring their own!”
It’s only $1,000 for PACs and $250 for individuals to attend this one-of-a-kind party, so what are you waiting for? Grab your gun and get shootin’!
View the invite below:
Hey partiers! It’s Halloween week, and politicians are trick-or-treating for campaign cash. Rep. Bruce Braley is celebrating his birthday Tuesday by asking for some pricey presents. And the Clintons continue to be all over the place for their buddy Terry McAuliffe.
Check out what else is happening on the party circuit this week.
Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Steve King went a-hunting in Iowa last weekend with 600 of their friends and funders, and this is how much orange they wore for the occasion. Cruz – who King called “a good shot, a straight shooter, a friend of all constitutional conservatives,” according to the Des Moines Register – also spoke at the Saturday “Defenders of Freedom” luncheon.
'Tis the season my party people. PHEASANT SEASON, that is. While high priced hunting trips are nothing new for those familiar with the congressional fundraising circuit, this weekend — Oct. 26-27 — offers donors the chance to shoot birds with not one, but two of the biggest opponents of the President's healthcare overhaul in lovely Akron, Iowa.
For contributions ranging from $30 to $2,5000 you can enjoy a weekend’s worth of activities with Tea Party favorites Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa.
The itinerary also features grub, a pledge of allegiance and a “Defenders of Freedom” reception for all attendees. For $500 or more supporters can even have their picture taken with the Republican pols.
Hows that for two birds with one stone?