Political Party Time

Super Bowl Sunday here, fundraisers not 'til week after

Unless you live under a rock and/or are dead, you know the 47th Super Bowl takes place this weekend! Whether you're "Kaepernicking" in support of the 49ers (hint: You're not) or swear by the Ravens' so-intense-he-can't-even-keep-the-drool-in-his-mouth Ray Lewis, the "Harbowl" is shaping up to be a classic. Party Time is usually pumped up for the big game because it can be a hotbed for political fundraisers, yet this year we've had no such luck -- not a single Super Bowl event! If you've got the scoop on one please let us know by uploading it here!

So, what's the PT pick for the next NFL champion? We're going with the 49ers, because QB Colin Kaepernick isn't just playing for NFL prestige, the Vince Lombardi trophy or even a trip to Disney World -- he'll get free Red Robin FOR LIFE if he wins. With all the gourmet burgers and bottomless steak fries he can eat as motivation, Joe Flacco and the birds have got no chance.*

There are lots of parties going on next week, however, and PT has you covered like Bernard Pollard. Check the highlights below:

Stockman Shakes Things Up
Boy, Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, sure is shaking things up in his return to Congress. The ultra-conservative first voted against John Boehnor, R-Ohio, for House Speaker, then threatened to impeach President Obama over potential gun regulations, comparing him to Saddam Hussein. After making enemies on both sides of the aisle, he thinks now is a good time to start fundraising. Stockman's holding a reception on Feb. 4 at The Monocle near Capitol Hill that will run PACs $2,000/$1,000 and guests $1,000/$500.

Cornyn's Birthday BBQ
The new senior Senator of Texas, Republican John Cornyn, has also been making waves in Washington recently. He's holding firm against immigration reform, was one of only three to vote against new secretary of state John Kerry, and is leading the charge against former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel for defense secretary. Democrats claim Cornyn is on "Cruz-control," being heavily influenced by freshman Tea Party sweetheart Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in the hopes of avoiding a primary challenge in 2014. Will supporters buy into this new even more conservative version of Cornyn? Will inside-the-beltway donors care either way? We'll see at his Birthday BBQ Kick-Off Reception, where PACs are expected to shell out as much as $5,000 and individuals as much as $2,500.

Bluegrass Bucks
Cornyn will be busy the next day fundraising, but not for himself. Along with fellow Republican Sens. John Barrasso, Wyo., John Thune, S.D., Roy Blunt, Mo., and Jerry Moran, Kan., Cornyn will be out in support of their boss, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. The so-called "Bluegrass Committee" is holding a $1,000 reception benefitting McConnell's leadership PAC on friendly grounds, the offices of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Mitch must be awfully worried about 2014 -- this is his seventh fundraiser since the election just a couple months ago.

1st High-Dollar Event of 2013 Is Here
While the NRSC rents out its building to McConnell, it will be generating some green of its own with a dinner at the Caucus Room. Newly-minted NRSC Chairman Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., will be attending, as will finance chair Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and up-and-comer Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H. The event is hosted by lobbying powerhouse Akin Gump, which contributed almost $900,000 to political candidates this past election, and they're expecting big bucks in return: A suggested maximum of $15,000 per PAC, and a minimum of $2,500 for individuals.

Dems Get 2014 Campaigns Underway
Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., could face a tough battle for re-election in 2014 as a blue politician in an increasingly red state. But she isn't going into the fight unprepared, as recent financial filings indicate that Landrieu has over $2.5 million in her coffers. Yet she isn't content with that, throwing a fundraising luncheon on Feb. 6 at the offices of law/lobbying firm Baker Donelson in D.C. The food better be delicious, as the event is $2,500 to host, $1,000 to attend.

Another Democrat running in 2014 is Colorado Sen. Mark Udall. But his event isn't exactly your typical political fundraiser (e.g. reception at a restaurant on Capitol Hill) -- it's an annual weekend skiing retreat at Vail, one of the nation's premier (and most extreme) mountain resorts. It's a nice trip away from the city, you could say. But it's not so uncommon for Udall, who has climbed all 54 mountains in Colorado with peaks above 14,000 feet. Yikes. If you want to take on those double blacks (or stick to the bunny hills...) it'll cost $5,000/PAC and $2,500/individual.

Kirk's Triumphant Return
It was a little over one year ago that Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., suffered a stroke that put not only his job but his life in jeopardy. But last month, Kirk valiantly climbed the steps of the Capitol, signifying his return to Washington. Now PT has obtained an invite to a reception that signifies his swift return to fundraising as well. The event will cost $2,500/$1,000 for PACs and $1,000/$500 for individuals. Welcome back, Senator.

So there it is, your weekly fundraising roundup. Enjoy the big game on Sunday - but don't get too invested in the festivities, because this one might already be decided by -- if opinion polls reflect reality -- God. Maybe he could spend a little less time on sports, and a little more time in Washington.

Until next time, Partiers!

*UPDATE: We were wrong.

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