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With 2016 elections in sight, it's not a bad time to be a pol in Iowa

Fresh off the 2014 campaign trail, first-term Iowa Rep. David Young, R, has already dived headfirst into the money chase. And his seat in a state with the earliest of early presidential nomination contests guarantees visits from plenty of party leaders. On April 8, Republican presidential prospect and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry will trek to Council Bluffs, Iowa, population 61,000, to join Young at a pizza parlor funder benefitting the freshman congressman. Tickets for the general public start at just $25, but admission to a special "Private Sponsor Event" runs from $250 to $1,000.

Four-figure fundraising dinners are ...

PT Round-up: St. Patrick's Day-themed fundraisers, Jeb Bush keeps partying hard, Rep. Debbie Dingell has a money breakfast and Martin O'Malley goes to Iowa

Hello party people! Your friends at Party Time are on the fundraising trail this week, doing our best to sniff out all the politicians on the hunt for some sweet campaign cash. And wouldn’t you know it – it’s yet another busy week! Although PT’s social calendar is bursting at the seams, we just know there are more par-tays happening out there. What have we missed and what have you heard about? You can upload invites right here, or email us whatever you’ve got. No matter what, we keep our sources 100 percent confidential, meaning you can feel comfortable sharing. ...

PT Round-up: Ed Gillespie throws a debt retirement party, Jeb Bush keeps fundraising like crazy, Gov. Scott Walker and Sen. Ted Cruz head to New Hampshire and a Wisconsin judge parties hard

Hey, party people, hey! As just about everyone on the East Coast keeps their fingers crossed for an end to winter weather, one New Yorker is practically betting on temperatures thawing out the snowy doldrums. Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin throws his annual spring reception Thursday night at beer distributor Clare Rose’s East Yaphank headquarters. It’s a minimum of $125 to get in the door, but event organizers suggest writing that check for $250 – or $2,600 to be a co-host. Our only question: How much beer does that get you? Party Time has our eye on yet another busy week ...

Republican presidential hopefuls Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina, Rick Perry, Scott Walker, etc. to headline fundraisers in Iowa, New Hampshire

Republicans have been grabbing most of the headlines in the past week, what with the conservative lovefest at CPAC, the Club for Growth’s winter meeting and the California Republican Party’s convention all happening within a few days of each other. A quick look at this week’s social calendar reveals a similar trend, with the Iowa Agriculture Summit – a buzzy see-and-be-seen event hosted by big-time Republican donor Bruce Rastetter – capping out the week on Saturday in Des Moines. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, Arkansas Gov. ...

Schock Watch: Where has Rep. Aaron Schock been throwing fundraisers all these years?

The hits just keep on coming for Rep. Aaron Schock, the Illinois Republican whose once-shiny star has been tarnished by the office renovation heard ’round the world. Since the initial article last month about Schock’s “Downton Abbey”-inspired congressional digs, other stories have shown he spent boatloads on travel, rented private aircraft and has been lax (at best) about reporting gifts and spending. Party Time has found the four-term congressman a bit elusive, too, at least when it comes to collecting invitations to his fundraising events. Since coming to Washington in 2009, Schock has had fewer than 40 fundraisers since he ...