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This Week's Fundraisers: Parties with Obama and Romney, Derby in Kentucky, Jazz in New Orleans, Baseball in Chicago

After last week's many frivolities, the nation's lawmakers shall be taking a break as they head out of town for "Constituent and State Work Periods." PartyTime only about seven events lined up for you. Here are the highlights:

Partying with the Presidential Candidates: Both President Barack Obama and his presumptive GOP opponent, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, will be holding high-priced fundraisers this week.

The president will be attending a Sunday reception at the McLean, Va. home of Democratic moneyman Terry McAuliffe, which will give guests the opportunity to not only rub shoulders with the nation's current president but also with former president Bill Clinton. Tickets for this event will start at $1,000 and go up to $25,000 for those who wish to co-host.

The next day, first lady Michelle Obama will be headlining another reception in Arizona, where attendees will be entertained by alternative country music band Calexico. Tickets tot  his event start at a more modest $100 for Gen44 Young Professionals but balloon up to $10,000.

Romney, meanwhile, will be holding a Wednesday roundtable meeting at the Pentagon City Ritz-Carlton in Arlington, Va.  The meetings will include talks about tax reform policy, technology/innovation/entrepreneurs and  trade/global competitiveness. Prices to attend the general reception are $2,500. However, those who wish to be a part of the policy roundtable will have to raise $20,000 for the Romney campaign.

Special Events and Getaways: If you need some fun activities to attend outside of the district, the nation's lawmakers have a fairly packed weekend lined up for you.

Sen. David Vitter, R-La., will be hosting a weekend at the 138th Kentucky Derby for his Louisiana Reform PAC on Friday and Saturday. Tickets cost $5,000 per couple and include two tickets to the races, two seats to the Derby dinner and two transportation tickets from downtown to Churchill Downs.

Louisiana's other senator, Democrat Mary Landrieu, meanwhile will host a musical event closer to home. Landrieu is inviting backers to a Jazz Fest Weekend from Friday to next Sunday in New Orleans. The event will cost couples $5,000.

The baseball fans need not worry -- they are being catered to this weekend. Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill., will be hosting a fundraiser at the Ivy League Baseball Club in Chicago, with a view of Wrigley Field and the Chicago Cubs game versus the Los Angeles Dodgers. Tickets start at $150 and range to $2,500.

Finally, the National Republican Senatorial Committee will have a spring retreat in Texas starting Friday. This event, however, is limited to Policy Board Members only. Party Time doesn't have any more details.

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