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This Week's Fundraisers: Republican convention in Florida, Obama campaign in Sweden

Brace yourselves: convention season has begun.

This week, the Republican National Convention has taken over the Party Time database with more than 200 events and we are still receiving and uploading more invites! The invitation haul we received this year tops the 2008 convention number by more than 100 (and counting). And while we also have a handful of the usual events landing in our database (the Obama campaign is staying active throughout the week, for example), they pale in comparison to convention action.

Copious conventions

The Republican Convention officially starts on Monday, with quite a few kick-off celebrations on Sunday, and lasts until Friday. The convention will include fundraisers, of course, as well as concerts, receptions, luncheons, parties, beach bashes, bar bashes, general-purpose bashes and so much more. Here are some of the highlights:

One of the Sunday's several kick-off events is a party "welcoming the media and political elite." This "Full Lid" party will be held in St. Petersburg with prices ranging from $250 to $2,500.

GOProud is hosting yet another "Homocon" at this year's convention on Tuesday night, after all the day's festivities come to an end. The event, which will be held at the Honey Pot night-club in the Ybor City neighborhood, features several special guests including Amy Kremer, chair of the Tea Party Express, Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform and David Keene, former chair of the American Conservative Union. The event is free, however sponsors who pay $2,500 per person or 3,500 per couple get entry preference.

There will also be several beach events. After all, what's the point of being in Florida without enjoying the water?  Boots on the Bay is one of these events which, according to the invite, will feature a private beach setting and local seafood hors d'oeuvres. Tickets for this Tuesday event cost $5,000 for five tickets, but discounts are available when tickets are bought in bulk: for $50,000, you can nab for 55 tickets.

The Republicans will be rocking out throughout the week with various concerts on the itinerary. Bands/musicians featured in concerts:

For a full glance at these and the more than 200 other events happening in Tampa, be sure to visit our convention search page.

And, if you are attending any convention events let us know, send us info, and help us help you!

For example, several of the parties are for state delegations and are going to be underwritten by corporations. We would like to help you track the influence and find out who is ingratiating themselves with the political class and what benefits they will be seeking in return when the lawmakers are back to business next year.

Here's how you can help: If you do attend an event, you'll surely spot written material thanking sponsors. Grab that material (notes, photos, scanned copies, etc.) and upload (if you wish to remain anonymous) or email them  (partytime@sunlightfoundation.org) to us. We'll post them to Party Time!

Obama campaign at home and abroad

While the Republicans are raising up a storm in Florida, the Obama campaign will be making two pit stops in the home land before flying abroad.

The vice president kicks off the campaigning week with a Sunday reception in Provincetown, Mass. It costs $250 to get in the door, but for $25,000, donors can "chair" the event and greet the vice president, get a photo, and attend a pre-reception.

That same day, the campaign will also host a Seattle family fun day with a special performance by children's music band, Recess Monkey. Tickets start at $100 per family and go up to $500 per family to "sponsor" the event.

Then it is back over to Geneva, Switzerland, where Americans Abroad for Obama and actor George Clooney will be hosting a reception. Matthew Barzun, former U.S. ambassador to Sweden and former national finance chair will also attend the reception. Guests are asked to contribute $1,000. A photo opportunity costs $5,000, while dinner will be served for $20,000 per person or $30,000 per couple.