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Super Committee members didn't reduce deficit, but they did raise campaign cash

Although the congressional supercommittee failed to reach an agreement to slash the nation’s deficit, every single member of the 12-person panel was able to accomplish something else this fall: raise money for their own campaigns or for other candidates and committees. Collectively, the dozen members took part in 55 fundraisers, according to a mix of Party Time’s invitations and other news reports. That includes 24 fundraisers for their own campaigns or leadership PACs—funds they use to spread their influence—and 31 events where they served as special guests to help their colleagues or party committees attract campaign cash. All of these ...

Super Committee Fundraisers This Week

While all eyes are on the supercommittee this week as their deadline for identifying budget cuts fast approaches, a few of the lawmakers on the panel still have some time on their hands for fundraising. This week, there are eight fundraisers planned either benefiting a supercommittee member or where they are playing host. Rep. David Camp, R-Mich., was scheduled to host a fundraiser for Rep. Kenny Marchant, R-Texas Monday night at Charlie Palmer Steak while Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., will be hosting an event for Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas on Tuesday. The nine-term congressman may be facing a primary ...

Senate Dems look for cash, advice from tech leaders Friday

The Senate Democrats' campaign arm is mixing politics with technology this week, putting on a fundraising conference featuring top executives from Google, Facebook, Microsoft and other Silicon Valley companies on Thursday. Many of these executives have already contributed handsomely to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. On Friday morning in Menlo Park, Calif., the execs will be on on a panel explaining to Democrats where innovative jobs are being created, according to the event invitation. Hours later, the Democrats will be giving the tech-focused crowd an update on the 2012 Senatorial elections over lunch. The DSCC sent out an updated invitation ...

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 ...

GOP Lobbyist's clients curry favor with Deficit Panel's Camp

Once the members of the powerful deficit-cutting committee were announced in early August, one of the first reported events where lobbyists could try to influence the panel was a fundraiser for Rep. Dave Camp’s, R-Mich., leadership PAC on Sept. 7. Federal records offer a glimpse into who tried. $18,000 in donations came from the political action committees of clients of influential GOP lobbyist Susan Hirschmann, one of the hosts of the fundraiser, in the weeks before the event. And that total may very well climb higher when September's contributions are made public later this week. The PACs for Pfizer (also ...