Parties just getting started: Obama, Romney, Congress and The Boss
After partying hard in Tampa and Charlotte, Democratic and Republican candidates will look to capitalize on the hype stirred up by two electric weeks of convention politics. Party Time's calendar shows over 30 events taking place in the next seven days. Here are some of the highlights:
Music, art and a DNC reception for Obama
For the Obama campaign, the fundraising starts Saturday. The campaign is hosting a small fundraiser at MOCA, an art gallery in Washington. Entry to the event is covered by a $5 donation, which provides access to the four art galleries in the area.
Four days later, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., who doubles as her party's national chair, will host a reception for the Obama Victory Fund in the bosky DC suburb of Cabin John, Md. Solicited contributions for this event range from $250-1,000.
The Obama campaign will close out the week with James Taylor headlining a fundraiser in Parkland, Fla. Ticket prices range from $2,500 for admission to the performance to $10,000 which covers the performance, dinner, and conversation with J.T. himself.
Romney swings by residences hitting up some big donors
This week Ann Romney, wife of the Republican presidential nominee, steps up to the plate, attending two major fundraisers for her husband, Mitt Romney. On Sept 10, she'll be joined by former first lady Laura Bush, at the home of Oklahoma businessman Tom Love and his wife, Judy. The cost for attendance will range from $2,500 for general admission to $25,000 for a private reception with the powerhouse political wives.
Three days later, on the Sept. 13, Ann Romney will make another appearance at the Sugarloaf Country Club in Duluth, Ga., for a reception in support of the Romney Victory Committee.
That same day, Romney will be looking to pocket some fat checks in Long Island, N.Y., as he swings by a private residence in Old Brookville for a cocktail reception and then ends the night at a private dinner party in Muttontown, where the cost for entrance will start at $25,000 and upgrade to $50,000 for guests who want a photo with the presidential candidate. Romney will close out the week with a breakfast reception at the Hilton in New York City. Put on by some prominent hosts, this event starts at $2,500 a ticket.
Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican vice presidential nominee, will be in the Pacific Northwest on Monday for a rapid-fire fundraising frenzy in Seattle, Wash. and Portland, Ore. Each city will host a $1,000 general reception and a more exclusive $25,000 meal.
Congress is back, and so are the fundraising parties
This week also looks busy for congressional campaigns. On Monday, the National Marine Manufacturers Association's Boat PAC will host an afternoon cruise for Rep.Rob Wittman, R-Va., with admission starting at $500. Then on Wednesday, the political hotspot Bistro Bis will be home to three separate luncheon fundraisers for Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and for Rep.Carolyn McCarthy, D-N.Y.
Also on Wednesday, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, will host a "Taste of Cincinnati with the Ohio Delegation" for fellow Ohio Rep. Steve Chabot, asking a $500 contribution from attendees. Thursday will be a busy day for two Republican Senate candidates: Rep. Rick Berg, R-N.D., and former Sen. George Allen (who is trying to win back his old seat in Virginia). Berg will start out with a lunch at the Capitol Hill Club, and finish up with an evening reception; Allen will be showing up for an "Insurance Industry Coffee" in D.C. and then move on to an evening reception at the home of Sandy and Steve Silver in Vienna, Va.
Capping off the week on Friday is Bruce Springsteen's much anticipated appearance at PNC Park, within walking distance of the Capitol. The red-hot Washington Nationals are decamping on behalf of the Boss. At least one enterprising candidate, Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., has planned a fundraiser at the concert.