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Party Time Week Ahead: Fall Fundraising, Akin Revival, Pearl Jam and Politicians

Updated Sept. 30, 8:13 a.m. ET

As the foliage turns from deep green to burnt orange and yellow, a new season descends upon the nation – debate season! (What were you thinking?)

We've got invites galore, including a dream concert-going experience for the guy with Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., below (with that intriguing beard/moustache combo, he deserves it). Read - and party - on.


With less than 40 days until the presidential election, both candidates at the top of their tickets are kicking campaigns, and fundraising efforts into overdrive. Always send PartyTime your invites so we’re up to date! Thanks, Partiers!

Obama bowls a strike on debate night
The Obama team has a whopping seven events scheduled for Oct. 3, the night of the first presidential debate in Denver. Four of these make up a cross-country bowling extravaganza, with debate-watch parties from coast-to-coast at Lucky Strike Lanes locations in San Francisco, Miami, New York City, and D.C. And if that weren't enough, former president and Obama superfan Bill Clinton will be at a $20,000 per person round table in Boston.

Ann Romney at the Adelsons
And while President Obama is closeted in Las Vegas for debate prep on Monday, his GOP rival's wife will be the guest of honor at GOP mega-donor Sheldon Adelson's home in one of Sin City's swanky suburbs. Tickets for the event run from $10,000 to $1,000, the Las Vegas Review-Journal's Laura Myers has learned. Got the actual invite? You know where to send it.

Ryan on the move
Not to be outdone, vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan has gone on the offensive, attending at least four events in the next week. Ryan will be hustling around Connecticut on Sunday afternoon, attending a roundtable at 11:45AM followed by a reception at 2:30PM, each with a maximum suggested donation of $10,000. Ryan's hectic schedule continues as he jets to NYC the next morning for a $10,000 breakfast at the city’s “ premier Nordic restaurant.”

Todd Akin – back from the dead?
Is Todd Akin on the greatest comeback trail ever, or is he just clinging to a forgotten dream? Many questioned his ability to legitimately stay in the race, but since Akin proved resolute and stayed in the race many Republicans have flocked to him – with cash too.  Capitalizing on this positive news, he has four fundraising events planned in just five days next week. He kicks things off by catching a St. Louis Cardinals ballgame, hoping to mimic his team’s recent success. He then returns to the beltway for not one, not two but three events at a cute townhouse property known as Eastgate, however the costs for these are unknown. The increase in money may bring newfound success for Akin, but he may stumble again while running to home plate.

Allen’s conservative hootenanny
George Allen is locked in a tight race for the Virginia senate with Tim Kaine, so he boosted his fundraising campaign considerably. He highlights this week with a BBQ party at downtown D.C. eatery Hill Country on Tuesday, and it’s slathered in Republicans. Amongst the myriad congressional guests are House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kent.

Tester is jamming:
Montana Sen. Jon Tester is involved in a heated race of his own, but has received a truly rockin’ endorsement – from the legendary band Pearl Jam. Bassist Jeff Ament is a longtime friend of Tester’s, and the two paired up to offer supporters “the best seats in the world” to the band’s concert at Missoula. It’s a bold claim, but here’s what it entails – grand prize winners will get to sit in recliners on-stage during the performance, VIP passes backstage, admission to preshow events with the band and Tester, and hotel and airfare expenses. OK, so those definitely live up to the hype. PT hates to be the bearer of bad news, but this guy already won. To be fair, “Steve from Billings” sure looks excited.

While the leaves around D.C. may shift their hues, the color of PartyTime will always be green. Until next time, Partiers!

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