This Week's Fundraisers: Romney racing ahead in parties, Obama campaign on break, Biden partying with others and more
This week will be more productive on the party scene for our nation's lawmakers, especially in comparison to last week's abysmal turn out as officials took a break. We have more than 20 events lined up. Here are the highlights:
Romney in the lead this week: Usually President Obama is at the top of the fundraising race, at least in terms of the number of events his campaign holds weekly. Not this time, however! GOP hopeful Mitt Romney has multiple events this week, topping the president's campaign -- for which we've been able to find only one measly invite. Got more? Lay them on us.
Romney kicks off his busy fundraising week with two Sunday events. The first will be a lunch in New York, which House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., will also attend. It'll cost $5,000 per person to eat lunch; those who contribute or raise $25,000 will be invited to attend the VIP photo reception as well.
Later in the evening, Romney will be dining with billionaire David Koch, according to Forbes magazine, the Empire State's richest resident. The pricey dinner at Koch's Southampton residence will cost individuals $50,000 and couples $75,000. This won't be the first time that Koch will be helping to fundraise for Romney. No surprise, given the close ties between the two well-upholstered families.
According to Fox31 Denver, Romney is expected Monday evening at a private fundraiser in Aspen, Colo. Alas, Party Time didn't get an invite (insert sad emoticon here). If you have any details or the invite itself, let us know!
On Tuesday, Romney's oldest son, Tagg, will be attending a reception in his father's honor in Pennsylvania. Tickets for this event, held at the Berkshire Country Club, cost between $500 for general admission and $10,000 to be part of the platinum circle.
On Thursday, Romney will be in Wyoming for a reception and dinner with former Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife, Lynne at their home. Party Time got an invite, but it didn't detail the ask.
While Romney is in Wyoming with Cheney, the candidate's older brother, G. Scott Romney, will be attending another evening reception at Trump Parc Stamford in Connecticut. This invite quotes $500 per person to attend an earlier "meet & greet" while those who wish to stay for the VIP dinner reception have to cash out $2,500 a head.
Of course, not everything is bright and sunny in the Romney fundraising-verse. Just the other day, one of his big hosts, former Barclays CEO Robert Diamond, withdrew from his fundraising efforts for Romney, following a scandal involving the bank's role in a scheme to fix interest rates. Diamond was supposed to host a London dinner for Romney July 27, costing between $25,000 and $75,000. But word is the London fete is still on (Romney will be in town for the Olympics, where his wife has a horse and trainer competing) and we're still looking for the invite. Hint, hint.)
Obama (campaign) in Paris (again): The Obama campaign will be taking yet another trip to France for a reception with former Secretary of the Navy, Richard Danzig. The event, at a still undetermined location in Paris, will cost between $750 and $5,000 for guests and hosts respectively. Ex-pats, as always, should remember to make sure they have a copy of their passport ready.
Updated, 10:45 a.m., 7/9/2012: Vice President Joe Biden will also be helping the president with a little bit of fundraising. He is expected to be in Utah on Tuesday for a reception at the home of one of Obama's inaugural donors. The evening event costs $25,000 to co-chair but costs as little as $100 for Gen44 young professionals. Those who wish to take part in a photo reception with the vice president will have to pay $8,000 or $5,000 for couples and individuals respectively. Non-young professionals have to cough up $500 for general admission, while premium seating comes at $1,000 per head.
Biden partying with others: While the president appears to be taking a break from the fundraiser circuit, Biden will be helping other Democrats with their campaigns as well.
On Monday, Obama's right hand man will be in Seattle appearing at an evening fundraising in honor of Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., along with Rep. Jay Inslee, D-Wash. Inslee is running for governor. Tickets cost $50 for general admission and $250 for premium admission.
It also appears to be the general consensus that the vice president will also appear in Missouri for a Kansas City fundraiser with Sen. Claire McCaskill on the same day, according to stltoday.com. However, Party Time has been unable to secure the details. If you know something, once again, be sure to share!
Another VP mentionee, another party: Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., will be attending a reception for his leadership political action committee, Reclaim America PAC, on Wednesday. The event will cost $2,500 to host or $1,000 to $500 to attend (PAC and individuals respectively). A potential rival for the No. 2 slot on Romney's ticket, meanwhile, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is reportedly headlining a breakfast fundraiser for Romney in Quincy, Mass. According to the Quincy Herald-Whig (proud owner of our new favorite domain name: whig.com), tickets run from $100 to $1,000. Members of the Knapheide family, fifth-generation owners of a local truck manufacturing company, are hosting the breakfast.
The Getaways: There will be three opportunities to get away from the capital starting on Friday.
Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., will be hosting his Second Annual Family & Friends Weekend, in honor of his super PAC, Heartland Values PAC from Friday to Sunday. The get away trip will take place at the Greenbrier Hotel in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. PACs have to dish out $3,000 while individuals have to pay only half as much.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee will have its own summer retreat in Martha's Vineyard from Friday to Sunday. Sens. Max Baucus, D-Mont., Bernie Sanders, D-Vt. and Chris Coons, D-Del., are expected to be at the retreat. There is no record of the cost in Party Time.
Finally, Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill., will be hosting an afternoon at the ballpark at Chicago's Wrigley field in honor of five Democratic congressional candidates for Illinois. Supporters will have to pay $5,000 to be on the "All-Star Team," $2,500 to be "home run hitters," or $1,000 to be a part of the "starting line-up."