This Week's Fundraisers: GOP VP candidates in money race?
It is an unbelievably slow week ahead Party Timers. Official Washington has decamped and, like much of the region, the party circuit appears to have lost power. How slow is it? Mitt Romney is vacationing in New Hampshire; President Obama is spending a few days in Camp David and the president's campaign is taking its money prospecting overseas this week.
Here at Party Time, we're taking advantage of the calm before the fall fundraising storm to take a look at how Mitt Romney's veep prospects are doing on the partying circuit.
First, the events:
A late arrival: One bit of mopup from last week: On Saturday, Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., ended the congressional workweek -- and kicked off the 4th of July recess -- with a reception at the Country Club of Fairfax. Attendees made contributions between $100 and $1,000 to rub shoulders with the congressman.
Obama campaign in Paris: The Obama Victory Fund must be taking another breather after last week's non-stop gallivanting. The campaign only has one fundraising event planned and it's not even in the U.S.! Americans Abroad for Obama, a group dedicated to, as its name implies, Obama 2012ers who are not currently not living in the homeland, will be throwing a reception in Paris on Wednesday. Ex-pats in France, or in countries near enough to pop by, are invited to contribute $250 or $1,500 to attend or host respectively.
Prospective GOP VPs partying hard: On Saturday, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, one of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's potential vice president nominees will be the honoree at a reception at a private home in New Hampshire. Tickets to this event cost $250 for individuals and include a photo op, while hosts are asked to cash out $500 for a program mention and the photo op.
This Week's Fundraisers: Obama revs fundraising engines; Mitt hits Georgetown; Pelosi parties with MC Hammer
Happy end-of-June-week Party Timers! Summer has officially started but the days are hardly lazy for those who need handouts. It's yet another busy money-grubbing week for our nation's lawmakers with more than 40 events on the Party Time calendar. Here are the highlights:
Obama making up for last week: As far as Party Time knows, our nation's fundraiser-in-chief uncharacteristically slowed his partying pace last week with his campaign only holding two events, none of which President Obama attended personally. It seems now as if the campaign has recovered its knack for holding an astonishing amount of fundraisers, starting with three on Monday.
Obama's fundraising week starts with a campaign roundtable in Boston, which the president himself will attend at the private residence of a supporter. Tickets are $40,000 per head. It doesn't seem as if the president intends to stay at the roundtable for long however, for at 4 p.m., minutes after the initial 3:45 p.m. event, Obama is slotted to make another appearance at a reception at Boston's Symphony Hall, featuring a special performance by Grammy award winning Israeli violinist Miri Ben-Ari. Tickets for this "cheaper" event range from $144 for young professionals in the Gen44 balcony to $10,000 to co-host the event.
The president will then travel over to Weston, Mass. for a dinner in his honor at the home of another supporter. Individuals will have to hand over $17,900 while couples get in for $35,800.
The next day, the president flies into Atlanta for an early reception costing $500 to $10,000. He will then fly into Florida to attend a dinner hosted by American singer-songwriter and impressario Marc Anthony. Tickets for this particular event start at a whopping $40,000 for guests and go all the way up to $75,800 for event co-hosts. The ask for the co-host tickets actually breaks Obama's old Party Time record for the highest requested contribution, at an event where the price was the same, but was divided among five people, instead of resting on the shoulders (or rather in the pockets) of one.
Anthony and the president will then head over to the Fillmore at the Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami Beach for yet another fundraiser in the president's honor, with a special performance by the singer. Tickets for this one start at $100 for the mezzanine section and going up to $5,000 to co-host.
While her husband is wooing supporters in Georgia and Florida, the first lady will be travelling to the couple's hometown of Chicago for a Gen44 reception. Early bird tickets are $44 for young professionals, while those for a group photo reception for up to five people cost $2,500. The Chicago Tribune reports that the first lady also will attend a lunch with Glee star Jane Lynch. According to the Trib, tickets for that event start at $250. Special thanks to Chicago Tribune's Katherine Skiba for providing this particular invite. Our friend Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times has the full price breakdown here. Lynn also reports that Vice President Joe Biden will be back in Chicago Monday for his second fundraiser in a week. Details and price points in her blog here.
On Thursday the first lady will be in Memphis for another reception in honor of her husband's campaign. Tickets for this event will start at $500, but co-chairs have to hand over a steep $35,000. The campaign will then head over to the Empire State for another reception that same day. The special guest for this event is yet to be determined, but tickets are relatively affordable at $100 for young professionals, $1,000 for guests and $2,500 for VIPs.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender African American leaders in DC will then host a reception with openly gay former football star, Wade Davis in honor of the president. Tickets start at $100. And finally, the campaign will be hosting yet another Gen44 evening reception, this time in Los Angeles, Calif. Tickets can cost as much as $2,500 to host.
Romney not slacking off: Fresh from his swanky Utah weekend with big donors and potential running mates, Mitt Romney, will be checking the drawing power of another possible veep nominee. On Tuesday, the president's GOP rival will attend a fundraiser in New Jersey with the state's governor, Chris Christie. The Daily Caller'sAlex Pappas has all the details. (Many thanks, Alex, for shooting us the invite!) The next day, Romney will be in the nation's capital for an intimate Georgetown dinner with all his best friends who can afford the $50,000 ticket price, according to the invite obtained by the Washington Post. Less well-heeled Romney backers can get into a Monday evening fundraiser for as little as $100. It's hosted by two lawmakers who are getting lots of mention as potential Romney veep picks: Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. The Post has this invite too.
A Week for the Women: There are four female-focused events taking place this week. On Monday, ShePAC, a political action committee dedicated to electing and supporting conservative women, will be holding a D.C. Kickoff Reception at the Capitol Hill Club featuring former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice. The event will include a VIP roundtable briefing, a VIP photo-op and reception with Rice and a general reception. Tickets cost between $250 and $50,000.
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi will be serenaded Monday at a hometown fundraiser in San Francisco featuring MC Hammer and ex-Grateful Dead percussionist Mickey Hart's band. Tickets range from $100 to $5,000. Hat tip to Huffington Post for this one.
Democratic Congressional Candidate for Pennsylvania's 7th Congressional District, George Badey, will be holding a discussion of women's health issues at a reception in his homestate. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, D-Pa., will host the Monday event. Tickets start at $250.
Although it's not a political fundraiser, but Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., will be speaking at the National Capital Area Council, LFL's 8th Annual Woman of the Year Award Breakfast on Thursday. Tickets to this event, which benefits the National Capital Area Council, cost between $200 and $10,000.
Lawmakers love birthday money: There's nothing quite like getting a little bit of extra cash on your birthday, and some lawmakers seem to agree. Both Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., and Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., will be holding birthday fundraisers in their honor on Tuesday.
Rep. Fitzpatrick's birthday celebration will be held at the Fado Irish Pub and cost well-wishers $500 to $2,000. Sen. Ayotte's party reception meanwhile will be held at the Cava Mezze Restaurant for the same ask.
Other interesting events: The unlucky marksmen and markswomen who missed last week's trap & skeet event hosted by Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, are in luck. Rep. Steve Fincher, R-Tenn., will be holding a Trap & Skeet Shoot event on Monday at the same Prince George's Country Trap & Skeet Center. The event is even a little cheaper than Sen. Crapo's event with tickets starting at $250.
D.C. residents who used to live in Maine will have a chance to get a taste of home this week as Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, hosts a Wednesday taste of Maine summer party. Mainers, or wanna bes, can pay between $100 to $2,500 for the experience.
We're wrapping up the month of June and so of course, many have their eyes and hearts set on July 4th, the nation's Independence Day. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is providing early entertainment for the patriots hosting an "Independence day summer Bbq" on Thursday. So grab your flags, your whistles and your best flag-branded wear (along with $1,000 to $2,000 in contributions) and come prepared to celebrate the nation's birth.
Finally, on Friday there will be a fairly typical lunch for a congressional candidate with an untypical resume. Tulsi Gabbard, became the youngest person ever elected to Hawaii state office, in 2002, winning a seat in the legislature at age 21. Ten years later and now a member of the Honolulu City Council, Gabbard has decided to run for the U.S. House seat that Democratic Rep. Mazie Hirono is vacating to run for Senate. Gabbard debuts in Party Time with a lunch in her honor. Requested contributions are $250, $500 and $1,000.
This Week's Fundraisers: From Maine to New York with the Obama campaign, Romney in Georgia and more
Almost 30 events are lined up for this week. The highlights:
Romney in Atlanta: Update, 11:30 a.m., ET 6/11/2012: GOP favorite Mitt Romney is expected to be in Georgia on Monday for a fundraising event at the Cobb Galleria Center. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is expected to introduce Romney at the event, which will cost $1,000 per person for the general reception. Those who wish to attend the private dinner with Romney before the reception will have to hand out $50,000. Party Time offers a tip of the hat to Jim Galloway of the Atlanta Constitution Journal for leading us to the actual invite with more details.
Party Time has also learned that while Romney is in Atlanta, his wife Ann Romney will be wooing supporters in Maryland on Tuesday. The evening reception will be held at the BWI Marriott in Linthicum. Tickets for this event range from $15,000 to $1,000.
Obama Campaign, from Maine to New York: The Obama Victory Fund starts of a busy week in Maine with a yet another LGBT event, this time in the form of a house party. Tickets for the Monday event cost between $44 for Gen44 Young Professionals, a volunteer-driven group, and $1,000 for event chairs.
The president himself will then be in Maryland for a Tuesday lunch at the home of some supporters. Attendees can pay $10,000 which will include a photo with the president as well as lunch, or dole out $50,000 for the lunch, photo, as well as the opportunity to be part of the "clutch." While in Maryland, the president is also expected to attend a reception costing between $250 and $10,000 at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore.
Pres. Obama is then supposed to fly into Philadelphia, Pa., to attend another reception in his honor. Event tickets cost $250 for guests but goes up to $10,000 for a chance to be a co-chair.
As Obama is courting supporters in Pennsylvania, the campaign will be Chicago for a "Runway to Win Chicago" at Harpo Studios. The event will feature celebrities and fashion icons such as Iman and Chanel Iman. Co-Hosts must pay $10,000, while guests can get in for a mere $150.
Out of the Usual: A few more interesting events (outside the normal breakfasts, lunches etc.) will be happening this week as well.
Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., will be having a golf outing in Virginia to benefit his leadership PAC, ROYB Fund on Monday. Golf fans should contribute $1,000 ($2,000 for PACs) in order to participate.
For those who need a way to battle the week's heatwave (and aren't counting their calories) Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley (Iowa) will be having a Monday ice cream social to benefit his own leadership PAC. This wont' be cheap ice cream however, Young Professionals have to pay $100 while potential hosts must hand out $500. Perhaps they'll be serving some gelato?
This week is another good week for our liquor connoisseurs as well. Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., will have a Bourbon and Wine Tasting at the Altria Townhouse, also on Monday. Tickets start at $500.
Calling all baseball fans! Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., will be taking this one out to the Yankees National Game at Nationals Park on Saturday. Tickets are $1,000 per individual ($2,500 for PACs). So get your caps and gloves ready and prepare to cheer for your favorite team.
This Week's Fundraisers: From Las Vegas to Boca Grande, bring on the parties
A relatively slow week follows Memorial Day, Party Timers, with fewer than 20 events planned. But presidential fundraisers are making up for the quiet congressional schedule:
Romney partying it up: This week, GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has actually topped President Obama on the party circuit, (at least, as far as Party Time knows). The Romney campaign has at least three events planned for supporters.
The very next day, Ann Romney will be appearing on behalf of her husband at a "Bay Area Ladies Luncheon" at the Palo Alto-area home of Cisco CEO John Chambers and his wife, Elaine. Party Time doesn't have the details on the ask for this particular event. (But let us know if you do!)
Later that evening, both Mr. and Mrs. Romney are expected to attend another reception at the historic Chateau Carolands, just south of San Francisco. Tickets for this event also start at $2,500 and cap at $50,000. According to Politico's calendar, Romney has several other fundraising events planned for California next week, in Bakersfield, in Los Angeles and in San Diego. Got the invites? Check here for details on how to send them our way.
Win the dinner of your dreams, fete Romney and Trump: On a fun side note, the Romney campaign is not only depending on dinners at faux-ancient chateaus for its fundraisers. Yesterday, Party Time saw the campaign had started a most interesting competition, which is essentially a fundraiser.
Entrants to this lottery, at which the pièce de résistance is a chance to dine with celebrity business magnate, Donald Trump, are encouraged to donate anything from $3 to $2,500 (or more). Along with dinner with Trump and Romney himself, winner gets airport transportation in the Trump vehicle, a stay at the Trump International Hotel & Tower in New York City and a tour of Trump Tower. The competition started Thursday and is expected to run until June 22 when the lucky winner will be chosen.
Obama Reception with DNC chair: Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., who doubles as chair of the Democratic National Committee, will be hosting a reception for the campaign. Tickets for this event start at a mere $250 and go up to $1,000 for those who want to host.
DCCC to celebrate Barney Frank's coming out: It's been a few weeks now since President Obama publicly announced his support of same-sex marriage and what better way to celebrate than to fundraise at a coming out (anniversary) party! In honor of the 25th anniversary of Rep. Barney Frank's coming out, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will be holding a fundraiser on Wednesday at fashionable DC eatery El Centro D.F., showcasing its continued support for the LGBT community. Tickets range from $250 to $5,000 and will give attendees the chance to rub shoulders with Frank, a veteran Massachusetts Democrat -- who intends to marry his long-time companion before retiring from Congress at the end of the year, as well as many other lawmakers including Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
The Getaways: For those weary of the capital, there are the usual getaways:
Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., will be hosting a Florida Weekend at the Gasparilla Inn in Boca Grande, where takers can indulge in spa days, golf and fishing. This Friday to Sunday trip will cost $1,500 for individuals and $3,000 for political action committees.
That same weekend, also from Friday to Sunday, Delaware Democratic Rep. John Carney will be holding his 2nd Annual Lewes Weekend Retreat in his home state. This event costs $1,500 for individual and $2,500 for PACs.
Next Tuesday, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney will be holding one of the the priciest receptions on Party Time records at the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas. Those who wish to be bestowed with the enviable title of "Event Chair" must raise $250,000. That is the largest sum Party Time has seen for a single event (though admittedly, with various attractions), which will only last hours.
To be fair to the president and to Romney, however, the asks are very different.
The Obama campaign requested the $75,800 as an individual contribution (shared among five people), to be paid out of these donors' own pockets. When this factor is taken into consideration, the president's ticket price is still at the top in its league, at least as far as Party Time knows. (Know better? We'd love to see the invites. Find out how to get them to us here.)
For the Romney event, prospective event chairs have to raise $250,000 for the Romney campaign. That is to say, they will act as bundlers, collecting the requested money from fellow Romney supporters among their friends, family, co-workers, etc. and present it in a nice, gift-wrapped package to the campaign.
After doing so, the hopeful chair must also give the maximum requested contribution for this event (a mere $50,000) and all systems are go. In addition to the title of chair, the big bucks get you access to private host committee reception, the VIP photo reception, the general reception and the founding members desert reception.
So, for all you Romney 2012ers who have confidence in your fundraising skills, now would be the perfect time to test them (that is, if you also have $50,000 to spare). Of course, you can also raise $50,000 and act as co-chair or raise $25,000 to co-host, which takes away certain privileges, but allows you to contribute an amount of your own choosing.
There are also options for the shyer Romney fans who prefer not to fundraise. A donation of $50,000 gives you access to all the evening's events with the exception of the host reception. Pay $10,000 and you can attend the VIP photo reception and the general reception. Lastly, with $2,500 you can gain access to the general reception.
The next day, the President Obama is scheduled to attend a pricier reception in Colorado hosted by The Futuro Fund. Attendees for this event can contribute $7,000 to sponsor and gain access for two to the photo reception and premium seating. Couples interested in co-hosting can contribute $40,000 for the same privileges plus access to the greet.
Also on Wednesday, back in Washington, Richard Danzig, chairman of the Board of Directors at the Center for a New American Security will be hosting a reception to benefit the president's campaign. This more wallet-friendly event will cost $100 for Gen44 Guests and only $1,000 to host.
Around the same time as Danzig's reception, the president will have flown into Atherton, Calif. to attend a dinner at the home of two of his top inaugural donors. The event costs $35,800 a head. The president is then expected to hop over to neighboring Redwood City for yet another reception in his honor. Tickets range from $1,000 to $12,500.
The next morning, the president holds another Silicon Valley event, a campaign roundtable in support of the Asian-American Pacific Islander community on Thursday in Palo Alto, according to the invite. This event will also cost $35,800 per head.
The Obama Victory Fund will then be rapping on the foreign doors of expats for donations, holding a film screening and reception in Dublin, Ireland, also on Thursday. Remember folks, only American citizens can contribute to the campaign so American-Dubliners should have ID at the ready. Tickets for this event range between a mere $100 to 500.
The last Obama event of the week will be a Friday reception in Massachusetts with Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan. Tickets start at $100 for young professionals and go up to $1,000 for those who wish to co-host.
Republican Senatorial Partying Times Two:Three Republican senators will be hosting double events this week, either under their names or in the name of their leadership political action committees.
Also on Thursday, Rely on Your Beliefs Fund, the leadership PAC of Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., will be hosting a breakfast and a dinner. The 8:30 am breakfast costs between $1,000 and $2,500. The dinner costs between $1,000 and $5,000.
With the long Memorial Day weekend looming, the politicians don't have any fundraising outings or trips scheduled, but be sure to check out our upcoming events to see what other breakfasts, lunches, dinners and other events will take place this week.
This Week's Fundraisers: Obama times five, Christie stumps for Wilson, and a smoke-filled room
It's another action-packed week Party Timers, with almost 30 events in the database. Here are the highlights:
More Obama: Another busy week for the Obama Victory Fund as they oversee five fundraisers this week. On Monday, the president is expected to be in New York for a reception with special guest, Latino Pop star Ricky Martin. Tickets start at $5,000 and go up to $35,800 for this event.
That same day, first lady Michelle Obama will also be attending a reception in Dallas, Texas, for the Obama-supporters there. The more modestly priced event has tickets from $250 to $5,000.
Later in the week, on Thursday, there will be a private performance by American folk-rock singer Paul Simon in Massachusetts. Obama for America campaign manager Jim Messina will host the $2,500 to $20,000 event.
The next day, Pres. Obama's right-hand man, Vice President Joe Biden, is scheduled to attend a luncheon in Delaware. Those who wish to chair the event will have to dole out some $25,000, while "friends" can get in for $2,500.
Finally, for the individuals who are looking for a more affordable (and arguably more entertaining) way to support the president, the Obama Victory Fund will be holding a block party in Florida hosted by and featuring DJs for Obama. Tickets for this event start out at $25. Those who prefer to be part of the VIP crew can do so for $100.
Chris Christie, big wigs, in for Wilson: On Thursday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is the featured guest at a New York City reception for former Rep. Heather Wilson, now running for Senate in New Mexico. The event, at the classic 21 Club, features a slew of high profile businessmen, lobbyists and GOP fundraisers. Among them are: billionaire and grocery empire-owner John Catsimatidis, former RNC chair Ken Mehlman, former Goldman Sachs partner Lew Eisenberg, and former senator-turned lobbyist Al D'Amato. The Attendees are expected to chip in a lofty $2,500 or $5,000 to Wilson's campaign.
Smoke-filled room?: Freshman lawmaker Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., is holding a "cigar smoke" Tuesday evening at CXIII Rex, a members-only cigar club in Virginia, billed as "the perfect place to...simply enjoy yourself in the comfort of exclusivity." A spot at the smoke session costs $500 for individuals and double that for PAC representatives.
Golf with Mikulski: For a weekly dose of activity, Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., will be having her 22nd Annual Golf Tournament at the Whiskey Creek Golf Clubon Monday (rain or shine, according to the invite). Tickets range from $1,000 to $3,500.
This Week's Fundraisers: Obama to the West Coast, Republicans to the Chesapeake Bay
The nation's lawmakers have returned from their week of rest and with them, of course, the parties. Sunlight has almost 20 events lined up for you. Here are the highlights:
More from the Obama Victory Fund: You Party Timers can pretty much expect to see Obama presidential fundraisers almost every week from here on in. The Obama campaign hasn't stopped partying for the past month now it seems! This week is no different with four parties of different prices and sizes lined up for his supporters.
On Tuesday, the Obama Victory Fund will be holding a reception with Obama for America Digital Director, Teddy Goff and its Chief Digital Strategist Joe Rospars in Brooklyn. The Obama campaign's digital strategy will be the focus of this event. Tickets start at $75 and go up to $1,500 for those who want to host.
The president himself will be flying to Seattle on Thursday for a brunch in his honor at the home of one of his inaugural donors. The pricey event costs $17,900 for individuals and $35,800 for couples.
A few hours later, Obama is expected to be at a lunch at the Paramount Theater, also in Seattle, with special musical guest Dave Matthews of the Dave Matthews Band. Event tickets start at a modest $250 but shoot up to $8,000 for a group of four who wish to be part of the photo reception.
Later in the evening, the president is expected to fly into California for a dinner at actor George Clooney's residence. This shindig will cost $35,800.
Democrat Senators Partying: It seems that all around the Democrats are having the time of their lives. This week the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has a few events lined up for the public.
Along with their monthly roundtable breakfast briefing held on Wednesday, the Women's Senate Network will be having a discussion and lunch the same afternoon. Suggested contributions start at $500 but the lunch is free for those who pay $5,000 annual membership. Those who desire to upgrade and chair the event must have $30,800 ready.
Finally, in the evening, the committee is inviting all supporters to a "Friends on the Hill Dinner." For this event supporters have to dole out $10,000.
The Outings: Don't worry outdoorsy Party Timers, Republican lawmakers have got you covered in this category.
On Monday, Rep. Paul Broun, R-Ga., will be hosting a "day of golf" at the Springfield Golf and Country Club in Virginia. Tickets are $500 for individuals and $1,000 for political action committees.
Anglers in the GOP will have a tough choice ahead of them on Friday. Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, will be "fishing on the Chesapeake Bay" from Solomon's Island, Md. Party Time doesn't have the price or time for this event.
On the same day however, Rep. Andrew Harris, R-Md., is hoping to have his postponed "afternoon of charter boat fishing for rockfish" at the Rock Hall Marina, also in Maryland. To attend individuals will have to pay $500 while PACs pay $1,000. PACs that want to co-host will have to show $2,500.
For those who can't possibly choose between these two fishing events, luckily it seems that Crapo's event is expected to go into Saturday as well.
This Week's Fundraisers: Parties with Obama and Romney, Derby in Kentucky, Jazz in New Orleans, Baseball in Chicago
After last week's many frivolities, the nation's lawmakers shall be taking a break as they head out of town for "Constituent and State Work Periods." PartyTime only about seven events lined up for you. Here are the highlights:
Partying with the Presidential Candidates: Both President Barack Obama and his presumptive GOP opponent, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, will be holding high-priced fundraisers this week.
The president will be attending a Sunday reception at the McLean, Va. home of Democratic moneyman Terry McAuliffe, which will give guests the opportunity to not only rub shoulders with the nation's current president but also with former president Bill Clinton. Tickets for this event will start at $1,000 and go up to $25,000 for those who wish to co-host.
The next day, first lady Michelle Obama will be headlining another reception in Arizona, where attendees will be entertained by alternative country music band Calexico. Tickets tot his event start at a more modest $100 for Gen44 Young Professionals but balloon up to $10,000.
Romney, meanwhile, will be holding a Wednesday roundtable meeting at the Pentagon City Ritz-Carlton in Arlington, Va. The meetings will include talks about tax reform policy, technology/innovation/entrepreneurs and trade/global competitiveness. Prices to attend the general reception are $2,500. However, those who wish to be a part of the policy roundtable will have to raise $20,000 for the Romney campaign.
Special Events and Getaways: If you need some fun activities to attend outside of the district, the nation's lawmakers have a fairly packed weekend lined up for you.
Sen. David Vitter, R-La., will be hosting a weekend at the 138th Kentucky Derby for his Louisiana Reform PAC on Friday and Saturday. Tickets cost $5,000 per couple and include two tickets to the races, two seats to the Derby dinner and two transportation tickets from downtown to Churchill Downs.
Louisiana's other senator, Democrat Mary Landrieu, meanwhile will host a musical event closer to home. Landrieu is inviting backers to a Jazz Fest Weekend from Friday to next Sunday in New Orleans. The event will cost couples $5,000.
The baseball fans need not worry -- they are being catered to this weekend. Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill., will be hosting a fundraiser at the Ivy League Baseball Club in Chicago, with a view of Wrigley Field and the Chicago Cubs game versus the Los Angeles Dodgers. Tickets start at $150 and range to $2,500.
Finally, the National Republican Senatorial Committee will have a spring retreat in Texas starting Friday. This event, however, is limited to Policy Board Members only. Party Time doesn't have any more details.
This Week's Fundraisers: Obama's fundraising spree, golfing or fishing and more
Get ready for a busy week Party Timers! We've got about 30 events lined up for you this week. The highlights:
No Stopping Obama: President Obama's campaign continues its fundraising frenzy this week with three events. On Tuesday, partygoers will have the opportunity to mingle with the first lady at a reception at the Hilton Omaha in Nebraska. Tickets to the event start a more pocket-friendly $250 but balloon to $5,000 for those who wish to attend the greet, photo and general receptions.
That same evening, a little further north in Minnesota, Democratic campaign superstar David Axelrod will be hosting a $2,500 to $5,000 dinner for the Obama Victory Fund.
Later in the week on Friday and Saturday, the president himself is scheduled to attend the 18th Annual National Women's Issues Conference here in D.C. Once again, tickets start out at a relatively affordable $250 for seniors and the Gen44 crowd but go up to a staggering $75,800 for five tickets to the conference, access to all the special events, premium seating, a photo, special recognition...and oh, the title of "Conference Chair."
The Getaways: From golfing to fishing to fiesta, the nation's lawmakers have something lined up for you this week.
Rep. Kay Granger, R-Texas, will be having her 10th Annual Fiesta Fundraiser in Fort Worth on Sunday and Monday. Donors can pick from two packages. The first package which costs $1,500 for individuals and $3,000 for PACs includes two days of golfing, Sunday night dinner and entrance into a Monday evening fundraiser. The second includes Sunday night dinner, one day of golfing and entrance into the Monday fundraiser. Price: $1,000 for individuals and $2,000 for PACs.
It's a great week for Republican anglers: On Monday, Rep. Andrew Harris, R-Md., will be hosting an an afternoon of charter boat fishing for rockfish at the Rock Hall Marina in Maryland. Ticket prices start at $500. And on Friday, there will be a Fishing Excursion benefiting Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., in Maryland. Party Time doesn't have the ticket price for this event.
GOP golfers have a tough choice Friday: Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, is hosting a Weekend of Fun & Golf on Sea Island, Ga. to benefit his leadership PAC, Promoting our Republican Team. It'll cost between $2,500 and $5,000 to attend this event.
But the same day, Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., will also be hosting a Golf Outing in North Carolina at the Pine Needles Lounge and Golf Club. Tickets start at $1,500.
If all these events still don't sate your desire to party, check our list of "upcoming fundraising events" at right for the full schedule.
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