Political Party Time

Party Time: Presidential Edition

President Obama and his Republican rival, Mitt Romney, have so many events this week we've decided to give them their own Party Time blog post. But we've got lots of congressional fundraisers on the calendar too! Look for a separate post on them later.

This weekend

On Saturday, singer James Taylor will be giving Obama supporters a second chance to see him perform, this time at the home of Naomi Aberly and Larry Lebowitz, in Dallas Texas.  While the invitation did not specify the cost of the event, attendance of his performance on the 14th was contingent upon campaign contributions between $2,500 and $10,000.

Both Obama and Romney will start the fundraising week in the Bay area. The Sacramento Bee reports that the GOP presidential nominee will be the featured attraction at two $50,000-a-plate fundraisers in San Francisco on Sunday.


While Romney headlines a $1,000-a-plate breakfast in Orange County, the president swoops into northern California  for a fundraiser in Oakland followed by a $38,500-a-plate dinner.

Updated, 9/17: And this just in, courtesy of the Indianapolis Star: Romney VP candidate Paul Ryan headlined a fundraiser in Indy Monday morning. Tickets cost $10,000 and $1,000. Here's the Star's blog post. If you get the invite, you know what to do.


Obama will be in New York City for a$1,000- to $12,000-a-ticket  reception, followed by an intimate dinner hosted by Beyonce and her hubbie, Jay-Z that reportedly will cost $40,000 to attend.

Elsewhere, the campaign will be  kickin' it with Miami Chefs,  and former aides David Axelrod, Austan Goolsbee and Cass Sunstein will host a reception in the president's hometown, Chicago. Tickets range between $500 and $2,500.

Perhaps "the most interesting" of the Obama fundraisers on Tuesday is the event hosted by Jonathan Goldsmith, who became popular starring in Dos Equis commercials and has been dubbed "the most interesting man in the world" by the trending online community.

Meanwhile Romney will be at a luncheon at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, asking $1,000 from attendees.

His wife, Ann, will be in Dallas at a fundraiser hosted by former first lady Laura Bush at the home she shares with George W. Bush. The former president won't be there, a spokesman tells the Dallas Morning News. Party Time doesn't have the ask on this one, but if you do, let us know!

According to the Dallas Morning News, Romney will be joining her husband later in the day for two more Dallas fundraisers: a reception where tickets cost $2,500 to $25,000. Then there's a dinner where the price of admission starts at $50,000. Our thanks to the DMN's Gromer Jeffers for sharing the invite.

Wednesday and Thursday

Obama's campaign will get a boost from the LGBT community with two fundraisers, one in San Francisco with Christine Gregoire, and another in Santa Rosa, CA. Wednesday also holds some high-profile partying in London, as Gwyneth Paltrow, Anna Wintour, and Tom Ford make an appearance at an event for the Obama Victory Fund, asking between $15,000 and $40,000 from supporters looking to mingle with the stars. Also on the Obama Victory Fund's calendar is a Thursday briefing with Obama senior staff in Chicago that costs at least $5,000 to attend.

Romney reportedly will spend Wednesday and Thursday scouring both coasts of Florida for campaign funds.

Thursday, Paul Ryan will be leading a round table at the Mayflower Hotel in DC. Cost of attendance is $10,000 to $1,000.


Michelle Obama will be attending two fundraisers, first a reception at Murphy's Fine Arts Center in Baltimore, and then in nearby suburb of Phoenix, where she'll finish off the day with a musical performance at the residence of Robert E. Meyerhoff. A contribution of $5,000 or more grants entry to the evening event.

Meanwhile, Ann Romney will headline a fundraising luncheon in Omaha (it will cost $2,500 to get a photo with her) while her husbandwill be back in California for his big fundraiser of the week, in Hillsborough -- an event that will be hosted by nearly 50 different supporters and will ask guests to contribute up to $100,000 to his campaign.


Singer James Taylor will be back at it, this time serving as the featured attraction at an Obama fundraiser in Montecito.

The president himself will be in Milwaukee for fundraisers with ticket prices ranging from $250 to $25,000, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports.