Political Party Time

Cross-country fundraising

The September fundraising rush is on, as congressional candidates strive to collect big totals for their third quarter reports. Books close on those next weekend.

Party Time has collected invitations for more than 700 events this month alone.

Fifty of those events are this coming week, scattered among 15 states and the District of Columbia. (See the calendar for a full list of events.) As always, if you know of any more fundraising events, please send them our way.

Senate highlights:

Elizabeth Warren, who is battling incumbent Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., in one of the most hotly contested races this year, is hoping that a trivia night against her policy team in Somerville and a concert featuring “The Who” tribute band in Otter River will attract contributors. Meanwhile Scott Brown is raising money in DC lunch with Sen. Rodger Wicker, R-Miss. on Saturday.

Former Sen. George Allen is in a tight race to win back the Virginia Senate he once occupied and is looking for campaign cash with two fundraisers planned for this week. Allen's Saturday lunch will be followed with a Sunday dinner.

And former House Speaker Newt Gingrich tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch he'll be in Missouri on Monday to help Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., raise money for his Senate campaign, one that most other GOP leaders have abandoned in the wake of the congressman's controversial comments about rape victims.

Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., is not up for reelection until 2016, but she is still working hard to raise campaign cash. After a Wednesday dinner event and a Thursday breakfast, there is a weekend event, scheduled from Friday to Sunday at the Omni Mt. Washington Hotel in New Hampshire.

Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., also not up for reelection this year, is asking for money at two DC fundraisers this week. The senator will be having breakfast on Tuesday at Lunch at Johnny's Half Shell next Thursday.

House highlights:

Rep. Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y., is has two events planned this week. A football game at Washington's Fed Ex field on Sunday and a birthday celebration on Thursday.

Rep. Patrick Meehan, R-Pa., is getting some green for his campaign during a golf tournament.

Presidential highlights:

Presidential candidates have been busy competing for donors and voters and the upcoming week is no exception. Aside from the usual big-ticket fundraisers, there are contests to fly with Gov. Mitt Romney, the Republican contender, and fly to dinner with President Barack Obama.

First lady Michelle Obama is hosting three events for the Obama campaign, on the East Coast while the president is fundraising in Milwaukee.

Paul Ryan will be raising money for the Romney campaign in this week in Massachusetts and Texas. And the Republican presidential candidate himself is due in Washington Thursday for a dinner that will cost guests $50,000 to attend.