This Week's Fundraisers: Shows with Obama, Romney's big business lunches, and a few unusual events
About 35 events are happening this week, folks. Here are the highlights:
Obama and a show...or two: Like any other week the Obama campaign is out to entice donors to open their wallets with numerous events and, this time around, a little bit of razzle dazzle, and perhaps a bit of tension. Obama appears at two events with former President Bill Clinton, who made news this week by telling CNN that Obama's GOP opponent, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, had a "sterling business career" at Bain Capital.
On Sunday the campaign opens the week with a reception in Maryland. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., who doubles as the chair for the Democratic National Committee, will be hosting the reception in the president's honor. Tickets to the event start at $250.
The next day, former President Bill Clinton will join President Obama in New York for a gala dinner featuring special musical guest Jon Bon Jovi, lead singer of the rock band Bon Jovi. Event tickets range from $2,500 to $35,800. A mere hour later, the dynamic presidential duo will head down to the New Amsterdam Theater for "Barack on Broadway." This more modestly priced event costs between $250 and $1,000.
Update, 5 p.m. ET 6/4/2012: Turns out that Obama and Clinton will be enjoying yet another bite of the Big Apple today. Before the gala dinner and "Barack on Broadway" there will be a 4:30 p.m. reception at the home of billionaire Marc Lasry, an enthusiastic Democratic supporter and the chairman, CEO and co-founder of the investment firm Avenue Capital Group. Tickets for this private reception cost $40,000 per person.
On Wednesday the president will be in Los Angeles for a reception hosted by the LGBT Leadership Council. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Obama fans (along with allies of course), can attend this event for $1,250 to $25,000.
Update, 5:40 p.m. ET 6/4/2012: In addition to the LGBT reception, Obama will be venturing to Beverly Hills for a dinner at the home of Ryan Murphy, creator of the much-loved musical comedy-drama "Glee". The dinner alone costs $25,000, but those who wish to be a part of the photo reception have to pay double that.
While Obama is in California, the first lady will be in New York doing some fundraising of her own. Political activist Patricia Duff, along with Caroline Kennedy, Planned Parenthood Chief Cecile Richards and economist Laura Tyson will be hosting a morning conference and lunch for Obama. Tickets start at $250.
Romney traveling from West to South As Party Time reported yesterday, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney will be spending sometime in Oregon and Texas this week after a long weekend in California.
On Monday, Romney will be at a luncheon reception in Portland, Ore. partying with Telecom pioneer Craig McCaw and a host of other hosts and guests. Tickets to the luncheon cost either $2,500 or $5,000 for VIP.
Two days later, Romney will be venturing south to Texas for another luncheon in his honor. Party Time doesn't know the ask for this event.
Update, 6 p.m. ET 6/4/2012: We now have more information on (and the actual invite for!) the Texas luncheon thanks to Jay Root of the Texas Tribune and the San Antonio Express News. Root reports that the fundraiser behind the lunch is Leslie Sullivan, a Texas consultant who earlier this year was in a politically divided household: She was raising money for Romney while her husband, Ray Sullivan, helped presidential rival Rick Perry. Now that Perry, the Texas governor, is out of the race, breakfast time at the Sullivan household must be more peaceful. Root also directed us to this Express News story. It reports that tickets for the San Antonio luncheon start at at $2,500. However, those who raise $200,000 for the Romney campaign or contribute $50,000 themselves will get, in addition to lunch, a chance to join the roundtable discussion and have a photo taken with Romney.
Party Time also learned that before traveling to San Antonio, Romney will be in Dallas on Tuesday for an "Evening in Downtown Dallas" at the historic Belo Mansion. Following his Wednesday lunch in San Antonio, the GOP nominee will then travel to Houston for a reception and dinner at the Central Houston. The asks for both these events are the same as the lunch, we hear. But we don't have the invites. If you do, please toss them over Party Time's transom.
The Unusual: For the Party Timers that are quite tired of the usual breakfasts, lunches, dinners etc, we have a few more intriguing events lined up for you this week.
If you enjoy a good cigar every now and again, Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Mich. is hosting a Cigar Smoke on Tuesday. Hosts have to cough up as much as $2,000, but individuals can get in for a mere $500.
Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill., will be hosting a Chicago style hotdog reception on Wednesday for those who prefer a more down-to-earth setting. However chill a reception it may be though, these hotdogs don't come cheap. Tickets cost up to $2,500 a pop.
There is also something lined up for the liquor connoisseurs. Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., will be having an Irish Whiskey Tasting at the Diageo Townhouse on Thursday. Remember to have a driver designated and $500 to $2,000 if you intend to enjoy this event to the fullest.
Also on Thursday, Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., will kick off her 11th Annual Crawfish Fest. Seafood lovers are asked to contribute between $50 and $1,000 for this event.
The lovers of heartier meat (like beef) are also in luck. Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., will be celebrating his birthday with his Annual Bull Roast, which will include a full out country barbeque and ice cream sundaes, according to the invite. Students can get in for a mere $15, while hosts have to dole out $1,000.