Party Time: Congressional Edition
As fall weather descends on the nation's capital, politicians are heating up their fundraising efforts. This week, we've got close to 100 events on the Party Time calendar (we're still counting) -- and that's just for congressional candidates! We've uploaded nearly 40 events for GOP candidates and are still working on the Democrats, so come back soon for updates! And you can always check our calendar, which will be updated as fast as our fingers can enter the data.
Republicans Rev It Up
Republicans kick off the week Monday with a Garden Brunch benefitting the National Republican Senatorial Committee in Oakland, Calif. The fundraiser will feature special guest Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., and cost between $500 and $1,500. The same day, former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson will make an appearance at the Social Reform Kitchen & Bar -- a new casual addition to Washington's Caucus Room restaurant -- for a Financial Services Sector Luncheon, where he will ask guests to contribute between $1,000 and $5,000 to his Senate campaign. On Tuesday, Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, will attend a fundraising lunch in D.C. at noon, and a little bit later Saxby Chambliss and the Republican Majority Fund will hold a fall dinner and reception at Ruth's Chris Steak House.
On Wednesday, Republican candidates really step up their game, with 17 events held by 14 politicians. Rep. Rick Berg, R-N.D., and former (and, he hopes, future) Sen. George Allen , R-Va., are each booked for two fundraisers for their respective Senate campaigns. Allen begins with a fundraising luncheon accompanied by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and then ends the night with an evening reception and dinner, flanked by Sens. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, and Richard Burr, R-N.C. Each event will cost between $1,000 and $2,500 for entry. Hatch will also make an appearance at a fundraising reception for Berg, who has back to back fundraisers at the Aqua Al 2, each costing between $1,000 and $5,000. Hatch won't go hungry: In addition showing up for Allen and Berg, the veteran has a breakfast event for his own campaign at Capitol Hill's The Monocle. Guests will be asked to contribute between $1,000 and $5,000.
Thursday is an even bigger day for Republicans, with more than 20 events. Highlights of the day's events include the Second Annual Run the National Mall with Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., and the Breakfast with Rep. Connie Mack, R-Fla. Mack's event will be flooded with Republicans he hopes to join in the Senate, including McConnell, and Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Dean Heller of Nevada, and John Barrasso of Wyoming. West's guests will be asked to contribute between $250 and $2,500; Mack'sbetween $1,000 and $2,000.
Other Republicans holding fundraisers on Wednesday and Thursday include Sens. Heller, Barrasso, Crapo, Brown, Jerry Moran, R-Kan., Jim DeMint, R-S.C., Richard Shelby, R-Ala., Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Reps. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., and Bill Huizenga, R-Mich.
On Friday Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., will be attending a breakfast event at the Capitol Hill Club, where guests can pay from $125 up to $2,500 for the event. Saturday marks Rep. Andy Harris's First Congressional District Bull Roast in Queenstown, Md., which asks modest contributions from guests, starting at $35. Closing out the weekend for the Republicans is the Fourth Annual Dove Hunt for John Cornyn's Alamo PAC. The event takes place in Hondo, TX and will cost between $1,000 and $3,500.
Rep. Bill Foster, D-Calif., packs in four events early in the week, with fundraisers set for Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, all in California. F. On Monday and Tuesday, Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., is scheduled to accompany him. Foster is asking to bring in between $250 and $2,500 from guests at each reception.
Wednesday and Thursday are big days for Democratic fundraising. On Wednesday, Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md., will attend a lunch reception at Art and Soul Restaurant, where she'll ask supporters to contribute between $250 and $1,000 to her campaign. Dinnertime on Wednesday finds a slew of Democratic candidates at fundraisers, including Reps. George Miller, D-Calif., Jim Costa, D-Calif., Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., Jim Himes, D-Conn., and Alcee Hastings, D-Fla.
On Thursday the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will host a number of breakfast receptions for Democrats at political hotspot Johnny's Halfshell. Among the events is a breakfast reception for Rep. Bill Keating, D-Mass., with special guest Steny Hoyer, the House Minority Whip. Hoyer will also make an appearance at a luncheon fundraiser for Rep. Tim Bishop, D-N.Y., on Thursday; both events will look to bring in campaign contributions of $1,000 and up from guests.
On Saturday an event featuring the Who Tribute Band will be held at the Red Onion in Massachusetts to benefit Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic candidate in the Bay State's Senate race. Attendance for the event is contigent upon moderate campaign contributions starting at $10.
Brad Sherman will cap off the week with a Sunday brunch in Granada Hills, Calif. Held at the personal residence of George Balfour, an orthopedic surgeon and active campaign contributor, the event will ask between $50 and $1,000 from guests.