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Ninety fundraisers scheduled over next two weeks

Ninety congressional fundraisers are planned over the next two weeks, including 34 for candidates running in close races, according to the Party Time database. The great majority of these events are in Washington, D.C. as candidates fundraise furiously during the last few days of this session. Party Time has logged 364 planned fundraisers since the start of September, and continues to add new fundraising invitations to the database as we receive them. Click here to see them all. To see a list of upcoming parties for candidates in close races, see below.

Some notable examples include:

  • Tomorrow Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., headlines this reception for David Schweikert, running in a closely contested race for Arizona's fifth district.  Schweikert is one of the National Republican Campaign Committee's (NRCC) "young guns," selected for special help with fundraising and support, who also has the support of the Arizona Tea Party. His Democratic opponent, Rep. Harry Mitchell, will be raising cash at this reception on Sept. 30.

  • Tomorrow Republican and Tea Party candidate Ken Buck, who is challenging Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., fundraises at this reception at the National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee (NRSC). Senate  Minority Leader Mitch McConnell R-Ky., and NRSC Chairman John Cornyn, R-Texas, are among the GOP Senate heavyweights headlining the event. The race has drawn some of the largest independent expenditures to date.

  • Several senators who are not up for re-election this year have planned fundraisers for their leadership PACs, likely to raise cash to spread around to other candidates who are facing tight races. Today Senate Majority Whip Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., raises cash at this dinner for his Senate Majority Fund. Hosts include lobbyists representing the American Bankers Association, US Oncology, and Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, as well as the National Mining Association PAC.

  • Tomorrow, Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., is hosting this reception benefiting her America's Leadership PAC at the offices of lobbying firm Cornerstone Government Affairs. Meanwhile, over at Charlie Palmer Steak, Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., is hosting a dinner for his LEG PAC. Other senators with leadership PAC fundraisers on tap include Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., with this planned reception on October 6. Already passed is this breakfast on September 15 for KPAC, run by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas.

Click here to download a spreadsheet of upcoming fundraisers for candidates in competitive races, based on Cook Report ratings.