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The First Inaugurals, Republicans Gear Up for 2014, and Loop-de-"Lews"

image of raining cashIf there's one thing we here at Party Time love more than anything (besides partying of course), it's money. We can't get enough of those high dollar fundraisers; we ceaselessly track rich donors and lobbyists; and we're always searching for where that mysterious money trail leads. We even love the way our beautiful wampum looks (that Washington sure is a handsome gent, ain't he?). So when President Obama nominated White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew for Treasury secretary, PT nearly had a heart attack. Why? Check out Lew's incomprehensible spring-like travesty of a signature - the signature that could end up on all U.S. currency! But don't fret -- the president has some good news, saying, “Jack assures me that he will work to make at least one letter legible in order not to debase our currency should he be confirmed as Secretary of the Treasury." Phew. We're just relieved that the signature on American moolah won't start looking like a Hostess cupcake.

And now, on to our normally scheduled Partying - check the highlights below!

Inaugural Balls Have Arrived
The very first 2013 Inaugural events are finally here, Partiers! The Party Time calendar contains five pre-inaugural parties that act as a prelude to the veritable storm of invites we've collected for the 57th Inauguration. Kicking things off (a full five days before the actual Inauguration) is the Alaska State Society. This group of "more than 300 D.C.-based Alaskans" is hosting an Inaugural Reception right on Capitol Hill at Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar, a popular PT locale. Tickets to this event cost $50, $65 if you'd like an Alaska State Society membership.

Following this on Jan. 17 will be the first ever Sister Cities International Inaugural Ball, appropriately hosted at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Hall of Flags. SSI is a "global citizen diplomacy network" that promotes global peace through individual and community partnerships. In fact, Washington, D.C. has 12 official sister city agreements, including Beijing, Rome and Paris. Tickets to the ball cost $250 per guest, but it's a small price to pay in the quest for world peace.

McConnell and the Podesta Group Team Up
It seems that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is taking his 2014 election seriously - he's hosted multiple fundraisers since the day after the election and formed a joint fundraising committee, McConnell Victory Kentucky. This time he's getting a little help to throw another funder from the Republican caucus at the Podesta Group -- more than a dozen lobbyists from the firm will host, including Mike Quaranta, Jim Dyer, David Morgenstern, Stephen Rademaker, David Marin and Kimberley Fritts. The cost to attend this lobbyist-studded event are $2,500 for PACs and $1,000 for individuals. We know it's going down on Jan. 17, but don't have the details on where  -- if you're in the know tell us by emailing PT!

Saxby Sojourns South to the Sunshine State
Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., has been targeted by members of the Tea Party, including Tea Party Express Chairwoman Amy Kremer, to be "primaried." This means he could be the latest conservative who isn't conservative enough and will be challenged by a Tea Party candidate in the 2014 Senate primaries (Ask former Sen. Dick Lugar, R-Ind., about the dangers of being "primaried.") Perhaps sensing this threat, Chambliss will be throwing a Weekend in Florida to raise funds for the upcoming battle. Benefitting his Republican Majority Fund, Chambliss will charge $3,000 for PACs and $1,500 for individuals to join his vacation south on Jan. 18-20.

As always, upload any invites you may have here! And stay tuned to PT -- early next week we'll be covering the Inauguration, complete with the finished map of ALL the 2013 Inaugural balls!

Until next time, Partiers!

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