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This weeks's fundraisers: Tax specialists fete Hatch, Brown seeks pot of gold, Realtors PAC stays active

Deficit panel-watching lobbyists throwing fundraiser for Orrin Hatch. Four lobbyists at Capitol Tax Partners, all with previous posts on the Senate Finance Committee, are hosting Hatch, R-Utah, the ranking Republican on the committee, for breakfast on Thursday. One of them, Lawrence Willcox, also used to be the senior advisor to the deficit panel’s Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., and another, Lindsay Hooper, worked on the Deficit Reduction Act of 1984.

The super committee is considering tackling tax reform, and Capitol Tax Partners lobbies on tax issues for some of nation's biggest banks, the Federation of American Hospitals, and Amgen, all with stakes in the super committee's work. Last week, Hatch and the Finance Committee Republicans submitted their formal recommendations to the panel, focusing on Medicare and Medicaid cuts.

Scott Brown hopes third event is a charm. For the third time in eight days, Brown, R-Mass., will hold an event catering to D.C. insiders and this one, being at The Dubliner, might just be Irish-themed. The Wednesday pub reception is for his leadership PAC, and seeks between $250 and $2,500 per head.

Brown will likely be apart of one of 2012’s most closely watched Senate races, with the leading Democrat in the race being consumer advocate and Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren, who is popular with liberals.

The Realtors' PAC is keeping busy, hosting at least its fourth congressional fundraiser this month. On Thursday it’s Sen. Kay Hagan’s, D-N.C., turn. NAR’s PAC wants to ensure that the super committee lays off the mortgage interest tax deduction, which was cut by the Senate’s Gang of Six in its deficit plan.

Qualcomm officials fete Feinstein. The company’s VP for Government Affairs, Greg Farmer, is opening up his home for a Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., fundraiser Thursday, which also features another company lobbyist, Holly Fechner. Among the issues on the telecom company’s radar is allocating more spectrum for mobile broadband, which President Obama has proposed in his American Jobs Act and the super committee is reportedly considering.

Feinstein faces re-election in 2012, and recently injected $5 million of her own into her campaign after a political consultant embezzled nearly $4.7 million from her account.

Thursday’s breakfast asks for between $1,000 and $5,000 from donors.

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