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This Week's Fundraisers: GOP VP candidates in money race?

It is an unbelievably slow week ahead Party Timers. Official Washington has decamped and, like much of the region, the party circuit appears to have lost power. How slow is it? Mitt Romney is vacationing in New Hampshire; President Obama is spending a few days in Camp David and the president's campaign is taking its money prospecting overseas this week.

Here at Party Time, we're taking advantage of the calm before the fall fundraising storm to take a look at how Mitt Romney's veep prospects are doing on the partying circuit.

First, the events:

A late arrival: One bit of mopup from last week: On Saturday, Rep.  Gerry Connolly, D-Va., ended the congressional workweek -- and kicked off the 4th of July recess -- with a reception at the Country Club of Fairfax. Attendees made contributions between $100 and $1,000 to rub shoulders with the congressman.

Obama campaign in Paris: The  Obama Victory Fund must be taking another breather after last week's non-stop gallivanting. The campaign only has one fundraising event planned and it's not even in the U.S.! Americans Abroad for Obama, a group dedicated to, as its name implies, Obama 2012ers who are not currently not living in the homeland, will be throwing a reception in Paris on Wednesday. Ex-pats in France, or in countries near enough to pop by, are invited to contribute $250 or $1,500 to attend or host respectively.

Prospective GOP VPs partying hard: On Saturday, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, one of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's potential vice president nominees will be the honoree at a reception at a private home in New Hampshire. Tickets to this event cost $250 for individuals and include a photo op, while hosts are asked to cash out $500 for a program mention and the photo op.

Is the Romney campaign doing tryouts on the fundraising circuit? Note that both Portman, and other potential veep, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., were special guests at one of Romney's receptions last week, while Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., yet mentionee for the runningmate's slot was also helping Romney raise funds last week as well. And looking ahead to next week, Reclaim America PAC, Sen. Marco Rubio's, R-Fla., leadership political action committee,  will also be joining in the parties.

Perhaps the one who raises more funds, or the one who helps Romney raise more fun will gain the coveted right hand man chair?