This Week's Fundraisers: Obama Campaign back in the fundraising business, Summer BBQs and Getaways
Another fairly busy week is upon us, Party Timers! We have almost 30 events lined up for you. The highlights:
Obama is back: After last week's lack of (known) fundraisers, the Obama campaign is back on track with five events in the making.
On Tuesday, President Obama will be in San Antonio, Texas for a lunch with two members of prominent local Hispanic Democratic families, Rep. Charlie Gonzalez and Mayor Julian Castro (Castro's identical twin brother, Joaquin, is running for the House seat that Gonzalez will be vacating when he retires at year's end). Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria will also be a special guest at the event. Those wishing to rub shoulders with the politicians and actress only have to pay $250 for general admission. Closer glances of the foursome come at $1,000 for preferred seating, while individuals or couples can pay $5,000 or $7,500 respectively for the photo reception.
Later that same day, the president will travel to Austin for a reception with the LGBT Leadership Council with special musical guest, country singer, Jerry Jeff Walker. The LGBT event has the same ask as the earlier San Antonio lunch.
While Obama is courting supporters in the Lone Star State, his campaign will hold a food tasting reception hosted by Chefs for Obama back in the nation's capital on Tuesday evening. Sponsors are asked to pay $1,000 for the VIP reception. For food-tasters, the price is $250.
First lady Michelle Obama will also be on the campaign trail this week, fundraising on her husband's behalf in Alabama. The Wednesday reception, to be held at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, has tickets tagged from $200 (for general admission) to $30,000 to co-chair (the hefty price gets you entrance into the greet, photo-op and five preferred viewing tickets).
The first lady will then be back in D.C. on Thursday for a campaign roundtable with the LGBT Leadership Council. The ask for this event is $10,000 per individual and $20,000 per couple.
Romney, Jindal and the big money: Multiple Louisiana media reports have Mitt Romney lunching Monday in Baton Rouge, La. with one of his potential VP picks, and and members of his Founders Club. Entrance fee: $50,000.
Update: 07/16/2012; 11:25 a.m. EST: The Romney campaign will also be in New York for a Wednesday luncheon with Ann Romney. The Women for Romney event features Republican National Committee Co-Chair, Sharon Day as a special guest. Tickets are priced at $2,500 for the photo and VIP reception, while entrance to the later general reception costs $500. Special thanks to the Bergen County Republican Organization for providing us with this invite!
Summer = B²Q: Tis the season to barbecue! Even our lawmakers know that much, trading in the normal receptions and luncheons with "ordinary" food for the treat.
On Wednesday, Alamo PAC, Sen. John Cornyn's, R-Texas, leadership PAC will be the honoree at a Texas BBQ buffet luncheon. PAC Hosts are asked to contribute $2,500, while attendees pay $1,000 (PACs) or $500 (individuals).
On the same day, Sen. David Vitter, R-La., will be also hosting a D.C. BBQ at the National Republican Senatorial Committee headquarters. The ask is $1,000.
For those who may not be in the mood for barbecue (or are just plain sick of it) and want to try out something new, or for New Jerseyans missing the taste of home, Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., is having a taste of Paterson reception on Tuesday. So if you want to try something new (or something familiar if you hail from the Garden State), have $1,000 to $2,500 ready.
The Getaways: We have four getaways starting Friday to Sunday this week. Enjoy the (hopefully sunny but cool) weekend!
Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., will hold a Colorado Weekend for his leadership PAC, PEAK PAC. The event costs $5,000 for PACs and $2,500 for individuals.
On the other side of the map Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., will also host a weekend trip for his leadership PAC, Rhode Island Hope PAC. Two persons get to tag along if they cough up $5,000 between them.
Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts, R, will be taking his backers to California for an annual Napa Valley wine tour. PAC hosts are asked to contribute $5,000 while PAC attendees are asked for $3,000. Individuals get the tour for $2,000.
Lastly, Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., will be venturing with his guests just next door to Maryland for his own weekend trip. PACs pay $5,000 while individuals get to attend for $2,500.