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After the Election, Partying as Usual for Some Republican Senators

The election's finally decided; dark money groups are falling back into the shadows; TV and the Internet are no longer crammed with horrifying attack ads; and at least some people are finally getting back to what's important - partying!

The columns of Party Time still run thin as most members of Congress either sit back and relax to celebrate their win, or take some time pining over what could have been. But for several Republicans in the Senate, there seems to be no respite from fundraising - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., even had an event the day after the election!

The big event this week is Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad's Birthday Bash, being held at the Palace Theater within the amusement park Adventureland. The headliner for this event is Florida Sen. and potential GOP savior Marco Rubio. Could Rubio be preparing already for a 2016 bid? The event holds more importance than most funders, since it's honoring the governors of one of America's highest-profile swing states, and the caucuses that just so happen to kick off the quadrennial presidential sweepstakes. Last year's bash took place during the battle for the Republican presidential nominee and every one, barring Mitt Romney, showed up to honor Branstad.

Earlier in the week, Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., hosts a dinner on Tuesday. Perhaps Toomey has the energy to fundraise because he got to sit out the 2012 election - he slipped by Democrat Joe Sestak 51% to 49% in a narrow victory of his own two years ago. The event takes place at Acqua Al 2, a popular Capitol Hill site, and will run guests up to $2,000.

Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., also didn't have to worry about Election Day this year, defeating Democrat Paul Hodes in 2010. She will be returning to a Congressional favorite, Johnny's Half Shell, for a breakfast running guests anywhere from $2,000 to $500.

Another senator who was able to relax this week was Dan Coats, R-Ind. He's breaking out some conservative star power and hosting a breakfast with retiring Senate minority whip Jon Kyl R-Ariz. The bill for this meal could run you $2,000, but you can grab a seat for just $500.

But newly-elected Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., is proving to be quite a trouper. Fresh off a win in over former Sen. Bob Kerrey, she'll be throwing an appropriately titled Nebraska Victory Reception at the National Republican Senatorial Committee. To get in and celebrate the good times will be up to $2,000.

And if you think these candidates are planning ahead, wait until you meet Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo. Party Time has already received an invite to his "Teton Tee-Off and Wine+Art Escape" - taking place in August of 2013. Wow. Here's hoping Barrasso supporters have marked their calendars, because they are going to have no excuses for missing this one.

Elections are won and lost, politicians come and go, but fundraisers are forever.

Until next time, Partiers!