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Hello party people! We interrupt our annual August nap for a birthday celebration. That’s right, folks: good old Party Time turns 6 today!
Six years ago to the day, we officially launched - and just look how far we’ve come!
To celebrate, we threw – what else? – a party to mark 6 years of keeping our finger on the political party pulse, collecting invites for all of those receptions, pheasant hunts and get-togethers at Johnny’s Half Shell. Last year, we counted a total of 17,807 events in the Party Time database, but our latest check on the numbers shows we’ve now logged 19,631 invites. Whew!
Thanks for sending us all those sweet fundraising invites - and keep ‘em coming! Here’s to many more years of political partying!
Republican Rep. Greg Walden and the NRCC taps into two of the nation’s foremost past-times — pancakes and Toby Keith — for a true red, white and blue fundraiser, held on behalf of wannabe-Rep. Paul Chabot.
Nice to have some friends in high-profile places, eh Dems?
The Hill rounds up the latest celebrity political ca$h, finding to nobody’s surprise that the Hollywood Hills are as blue as ever.
Hollywood is pouring money into the midterm elections, with A-listers such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Barbra Streisand all coughing up blockbuster bucks.
The donations are largely aimed at keeping the Senate in Democratic hands. Republicans, who have the political winds at their backs, need to pick up six seats to win control of the upper chamber.
Fact of the day: Barack Obama may have set new records for presidential fundraising visits during his first term, but he’s lagging far behind Bill Clinton during his second.
“In politics, you try and raise money any way you can,” he explained “Golf is very popular.”
That’s a quote from New York Assemblyman William Barclay, R, in the Daily News’ recent profile of the swarm of fundraisers on the golf green — 21 for Albany campaign committees so far this season.
Golf is also popular on the federal fundraising circuit — there are literally hundreds of invitations to golf funders in our database. Check out a couple of our favorites below and explore PT’s fundraiser archive for more.
Happy Monday! Time for a look at this week’s fundraising calendar.
Welcome to August, a month known for its sweltering humidity and Congress’s enviable five-week summer recess. This week, we’re tracing the paths of some heavy hitters as they head out on “congressional recess” to listen to
donors’ constituents’ concerns.
* Reid vs. McConnell: Reid heads to the Garden State to party it up with major money man David Norcross, while is Senate rival hits the campaign trail in… South Dakota. McConnell is a “special guest” at the fundraiser for the South Datoka GOP.
* Reps. Shimkus (Ill, not California) and Whitfield (also not California) head to.. California. Quoth the PT blog:
On Tuesday, Shimkus starts his four-day Napa getaway at the luxurious Solage Calistoga (you “may never want to leave,” the hotel’s website faux-warns). The invite promises five or six wine tours over two days, and a private tour bus for the wine tastings. But it’ll cost you: It’s $1,500 per person or $3,000 per PAC.
As Shimkus wraps up his NorCal retreat, Whitfield gets started with his similarly priced weekend in Beverly Hills. The Beverly Hills Hotel will play host as the congressman and donors hobnob during dinner, drinks and some quality time at a poolside cabana on Saturday.
Happy hunting, pols!