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This Week’s Fundraisers: sporting events and an escape from the cold

While members of Congress will return this week to Capitol Hill, they will also host fundraisers and travel to events across the nation to kickoff 2012 right. Capitols vs. Penguins -Rep. Mark Critz, D-Pa. plans to raise cash on Wednesday at the NHL match-up between the Washington Capitols vs. Pittsburgh Penguins. To join Critz, tickets start at $1,500 for PACs and $1,000 for individuals. Goose Hunt – This weekend, Rep. Collin Peterson’s, D-Minn., Valley PAC is scheduled to host a Goose Hunt Weekend in Eagle Lake, Texas. This is not the first time the Valley PAC has hosted a bird ...

This Week’s Fundraisers: Pre-Turkey Day Hunts, Birthday Bashes, Tequila Tuesday

Free as a Bird – Just in time for Thanksgiving, several lawmakers will be out hunting this week. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., got an early start shooting fowl this morning at a farm in King George, Va. for his leadership PAC. From Thursday through Sunday, the National Republican Senatorial Committee, with special guests Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., and Richard Burr, R-N.C., is putting on a cabin retreat weekend in Georgia chock full of rugged activities: that includes "one-on-one" boar and deer hunting, quail hunting, sporting clays, "unlimited" golf, access to a fishing boat, and tennis—all in exchange for a $5,000 contribution ...

This Week’s Fundraisers: Money Trees in the Florida Keys, Duck Duck Goose, Les Miserables, and more

Duck…Duck…Goose! - The Valley PAC, the leadership fund for Rep. Collin Peterson, D—Minn., will be hosting a Goose Hunt this weekend in Eagle Lake, Texas. This is not the first time the Valley PAC has hosted a poultry themed weekend. Early this year, the PAC had a Turkey Hunt at the Blue Head Ranch in Lake Placid, Fla., as well as a Quail Hunt in 2009 at the Southern Woods Plantation in Georgia. “Key Largo, Montego baby why don't we go" - If you feel the need to reminisce to the popular Beach Boys song or the 80’s Tom Cruise ...

A Taste of Upcoming Events

While Congress is out of session GOP Senators from Idaho, Mike Crapo and Jim Risch are extending a helping hand to Rep. Mike Simpson and freshman Rep. Raul Labrador, their counterparts in the House. They sent a letter to donors asking them to sponsor the “Idaho Congressional Gala,” with the proceeds going towards a joint fundraising committee for Simpson and Labrador. The April 29 event will be held at a hotel in Idaho and suggested contributions range from $500 to$2,500. Spring is here again and it's time for Rep. Gary Ackerman’s, D-NY, annual “Real Deli Event.” The congressman has planned ...

The fundraising March is on

The final push for campaign checks is in full swing, with Mar. 31 marking the end of the first quarter. That's when campaigns have to close their books and, within 15 days, report the contributions they received to the Federal Election Commission. Based on the invitations we have received so far, there are at least 500 fundraisers planned this month, the busiest month for such events since September 2010, which was just before the mid-term elections.

Number of Fundraisers each month (Graph)

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The above graph shows the number of fundraisers each month over the past year. Notice that ...