Obama returns to partying, new committees kick off, and more
Updated 2/10, 12:38 p.m. ET
He's baaaaack! That's right, Partiers, the Fundraiser-in-Chief has returned, committing himself to at least 14 parties this year to help his Democratic colleagues try and take control of Congress. Obama has proven himself to be the hands-down world's best at generating cash -- he was our 2012 Partier of the Year, collecting more than $1 billion overall -- and his presence will certainly boost the bottom line of any blue event. His efforts will especially benefit the DCCC, as the Democrats will be on the offensive in gaining a net 17 seats to take back the House.
Breaking down his "aggressive schedule," the president will appear at 10 events outside the District, five each for the DCCC and DSCC. In addition, he'll host four separate and joint appearances for the committees inside the beltway. And that's not all; professional schmoozer Joe Biden and #1 surrogate Michelle Obama will have their own intense funder schedules too. Sorry, Barack, just because you've completed your last campaign doesn't mean you can escape the trail.
Gabby Giffords back on the circuit
Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., still recovering injuries suffered when a gunman shot her at a town hall meeting, will host a DC fundraiser for her new pro-gun control super PAC, Americans for Responsible Solutions. Hat tip to our friends at Politico for sharing the invite for the pre-State of the Union party. Politico is reporting that the fundraiser is aimed at young professionals with tickets priced at $100 and $500. It will be held at a Capitol Hill pizza spot on Tuesday, aka prom night on Capitol Hill: it's the night everyone dresses up and stays late for the SOTU.
Bon Jovi and Tim Kaine find Common Ground
Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., formed a new leadership fund called "Common Ground PAC," a nod to the bipartisan image he promoted during last year's campaign against Republican George Allen. And if there's one thing that can bridge this hardened partisan gap, it's the rock prowess of Bon Jovi. That's why one of the first events for CG PAC will be at a concert performed by the famed New Jersey band on Feb. 10 here in D.C. Tickets to the event will run $3,000, but it's a small price to pay for true bipartisanship in Washington.
Moran's new party committee
But Kaine's not the only one who's starting up new committees: Kansas Republican Sen. Jerry Moran is teaming up with the NRSC, of which he is the new chair, to establish a joint-fundraising committee called the Moran NRSC Victory Committee. The group doesn't show up in the FEC database, Moran's office refused to comment and the NRSC wouldn't return PT's phone calls about it -- why so mysterious? What's not mysterious is the fundraiser Moran's new committee is throwing -- Burgers and Shakes! That's something PT can always unconditionally support. (Maybe they'll be getting their food from close-by Good Stuff Eatery, where you can try their famous toasted marshmallow milkshake -- YUM.) The Feb. 13 kickoff event is surprisingly cheap too -- individual tickets run as low as $50, but PACs still need to pay $1,000 to get in.
Republicans get a case of the Mondays
Sens. Richard Burr, R-N.C., Tom Coburn, R-Okla., and Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga. have an interesting fundraising strategy that they're returning to this spring -- the Monday Meeting PAC (because when PT thinks of fun, we think of going to meetings on Mondays). It's a series of dinners happening on Monday evenings at the Capitol Hill Club. All have a fixed price point of $1,500 per event -- or, if you're a big spender, $12,500 for a Series Pass. Though still listed as a beneficiary on the invitations, Chambliss is retiring from the Senate and will not be seeking re-election in 2014 -- PT wonders if he'll still be included in the future... The first Monday Meeting takes place at 7:30PM on Feb. 11; you guessed it, a Monday.
Microsoft and ITI take a Cruz
In the midst of rallying against Chuck Hagel for defense secretary, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, will be having a breakfast at the Microsoft Innovation and Policy Center on K Street. The Feb. 12 event is hosted by Microsoft PAC and ITI PAC, which are perhaps looking to chat with Cruz, a member who sits on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. The price for you to chat with Cruz: Up to $2,500 PAC and $1,000 personal.
Fischer still retiring campaign debt
Nebraska Sen. Deb Fischer may have won her election over Democratic ex-Sen. Bob Kerrey, but the victory is still taking its toll -- she still has about $250,000 in debts. To get out of the red, Fischer will be holding an aptly named Debt Retirement Lunch on Feb. 14 at Capitol Hill favorite Charlie Palmer's. Prices for PACs max out at $2,500, while personal invites run up to $1,000.
(Photo credit: The White House via Flickr)