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Fundraising frenzy: Jeopardy, golf and more

With the end of the second quarter on the horizon, lawmakers are scheduling more than the usual number of fundraisers to get in as much campaign cash as they can before June 30. Party Time has received 162 invitations to congressional fundraisers scheduled for the last ten days of June. These events run the gamut from the usual dinners and receptions to Rep. Rush Holt’s, D-N.J., 7th Annual Jeopardy Event. Attendees of the event will have to pay at least $250 for the honor of being bested by 5-time Jeopardy Champion Holt, a man who has even beaten IBM supercomputer ...

Democrats raise funds from labor during clashes in states

As governors and legislators in many states attempt to curb public sector union benefits, congressional Democrats have turned to organized labor for campaign donations at Washington, D.C., fundraisers. Since February, when the state labor disputes gained national attention, Democrats have scheduled at least 15 events that were either targeted at labor donor or hosted by unions, Party Time records show. There are at least four such fundraisers on tap next week, which would mean a total of 19 over a two-month span.

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Maloney fetes with Mets

With the New York primary a month away, Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., is asking donors to belt a $4,800 'Gland Slam' for her on Sunday and join her to watch the Mets take on the Phillies, according to this invitation. Not taking any chances against her challenger, Reshma Saujani, Maloney has held at least eight fundraisers since May, including the Mets game, according to invitations obtained by Party Time. Recently, the longtime Manhattan Congresswoman's Capitol Hill home was party central three nights in a row -- two going towards her own campaign, and another where she played host to Marcy Kaptur, ...

Free love and money at the Carole King, James Taylor Reunion Tour

At least six members of Congress, all Democrats, plan to relive the 70s and also raise some serious 2010 campaign cash at the Carole King and James Taylor Troubadour Reunion Tour at the Verizon Center in Washington tonight. The Troubadour Reunion Tour is billed as the 40th anniversary of King and Taylor’s first performance together in 1970 at the folk-music-mecca, the Troubadour nightclub, in West Hollywood, Calif. Lawmakers who are planning fundraisers at this event include: Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md., who is asking guests to pay $1,000 for individuals and $1,500 for political action committees. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., who ...

As meetings continue, Wall Street reform conferees fundraise

As the 43 members of Congress on the financial reform conference committee meet this month to hash out the final bill, more than half have planned fundraisers for themselves or are scheduled to be special guests at fundraisers for their colleagues. In Party Time's database of invitations for the month of June, 28 of these events were for their own campaigns or political action committees, while 14 were for other lawmakers. At least two members -- Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., the head of the House-Senate joint committee, and Rep. Spencer Bachus, R-Ala., the ranking Republican on the House Financial Services ...