This Week's Fundraisers: From a DC dive to Palm Beach
The nation's lawmakers have come back from their Presidents' Day break refreshed and raring to go. The party scene is buzzing once again: Sunlight has more than 20 events in its database. Some of the highlights:
Celebrating Black History: Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., on Sunday evening hosted the second annual "Standing on the Shoulder of Giants," program, a tribute to the New Jersey Legislative Black Caucus and the 100 Black Men of New Jersey, Inc. and The National Coalition of 100 Black Women (both the Bergen/Passaic and Southern New Jersey chapters). The event took place at the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset, N.J.
Diving for cash at a DC dive: Some candidates have been having fancy (and expensive) soirées at high-end restaurants but Rep. Jay Inslee, D-Wash., is bucking the trend. Inslee, who is running for governor of his home state, holds an event at 7 p.m. Wednesday at The Big Hunt, a grungy, safari-themed DuPont Circle drinking hole. Attendees are promised a chance to rub shoulders with the congressman and other Washington state Democrats: Sen. Patty Murray and Reps. Adam Smith and Jim McDermott, as well as Smith's chief of staff, Shana Chandler. Tickets to this event range from $1,000 for sponsors to $20 for students who pay online.
Presidential Partying: President Obama will be attending an event to help his Obama Victory Fund campaign on March 1. The Gala Reception, hosted by big names such as American business magnate, Russell Simmons, and famed alternative medicine guru Deepak Chopra, will be held in New York City. Ticket prices range from $35,800 to $1,000.
The Getaways: For those tired of the district's bipolar weather and looking for a more active weekend, Rep. Ed Pastor, D-Ariz., will be having his 20th annual All Sports Weekend, from March 2 - 3. Tickets are $2,500 per person and include meals and all activities -- golf, Grapefruit League baseball and an NBA game.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee will be hosting a Winter Retreat from March 2-4 in Palm Beach, Fla. Sens. Max Baucus (Montana), Bernie Sanders (Vermont), Debbie Stabenow (Michigan), Patty Murray (Washington) and Chris Coons (Delaware) are slated to attend.