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Step aside Obama, congressional fundraising season is here!

Inauguration 2013 was packed with parties, concerts and formal balls celebrating Barack Obama's second presidential term, but now it's back to business as usual for America. "Beyonce-gate," the most important story to come out of inauguration (hey, it had more legs than the speech), seems to have been resolved, and even the Senate finally did something about filibuster reform. If you couldn't make it to Washington for the president's address, take a look at this hyper-quality panoramic view of the Capitol and you're practically there (can you spot Boston Celtics legend (ahem!) Morgan Freeman?). Maybe you were in D.C., but ...

The Hottest Ticket of 2013: The Inaugural Balls Are Here

Talk about a presidential party pooper: Barack "Killjoy" Obama decided to rain all over PT's parade this time around, slashing the number of Inaugural Balls from 10 in 2008 to a measly two, the lowest since Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1953! We'd prefer someone more like Bill Clinton, who raised his Inaugural Balls total from 11 to a whopping 14 in 1997 -- now there's a guy that knows how to party! But there are plenty more unofficial balls that you can attend if you've got the money - check above for PT's updated map of ALL the balls, parties, ...

Mapping the Inaugural Parties!

(Updated 12/29/2012) While most people are distraught over the fiscal cliff, worrying about the end of the world, or stressing out on buying that perfect present, Party Time is happy to see that some are thinking ahead to a more jocular time -- inaugural ball season! The PT homepage is sporting a spiffy new button that will guide you directly to all the 2013 inauguration parties we've logged so far. As it stands now, more than 50 parties will be thrown from Jan. 17 through Jan. 21 to celebrate the 57th presidential inauguration -- and there are many more to ...

Presidential Ballin': Inauguration Parties Are Here!

It's barely one week after the election and the first nails have already been hammered into the "Inaugural Platform," signaling the start of the Inauguration cycle - and of course ball season! People have already started planning their presidential bashes, and Party Time has found 11 unofficial events so far with many more to come - check here to see all them as they roll in. Most of the early planners are state societies, charities and universities. We are always looking for more invites so if you come across one, sent it our way via our upload page or email. ...

All the familiar faces

Speaking of the inauguration, the watchdog group Public Citizen took a long hard look at Obama's list of official inaugural donors and discovered that they include a lot of familiar faces from the campaign. Nearly 80 percent of the $35.3 million raised came from just 211 individual "bundlers." More than half the inaugural bundlers also served as bundlers to the Obama campaign, according to Public Citizen's analysis. They include many prominent Wall Street executives, who have been much in the news during the financial bailout, including: • Louis Susman, vice chairman of Citigroup Corporate and Investment Banking and managing director, ...