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Marco Rubio rides into the sunset

After failing to secure his home state of Florida last week, Marco Rubio bowed out of the 2016 presidential race. The pro-Rubio super PAC – Conservative Solutions PAC – raised $25 million in February, and his official campaign raised $9.6 million, but it wasn’t enough to keep his campaign afloat. According to Political Party Time, there were 52 fundraisers benefiting Rubio, and nearly half of them took place in December and January. He frequently fundraised in Florida and the District of Columbia, and the events clustered around big donors. As we bid Rubio adieu, let’s take a moment to ...

Members of Congress shoot hoops and collect shamrocks for fundraising

The madness has begun. Well, fundraising madness never really ends, but the March Madness basketball tournament now begins. Spring is in the air. St. Patrick’s Day has arrived. And our lawmakers are looking to use all three to increase their cash flow. Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va. likes to wear green as much as he likes to raise it. The congressman hosted his 22nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Fete at Kena Temple. The entry fee was only $40, but $500 or more got you into the VIP reception. Fun Fact: Corned beef and cabbage is the Irish version of spaghetti and ...

Ben Carson, a Party Time tribute

Dr. Ben Carson finally threw up his hands and ended his presidential bid last week. The Motor City native sputtered out after nearly nine months on the campaign trail, but during that time he benefited from a number of big fundraisers. Here's a Party Time recap of Carson's 54 funders on the campaign trail.
Ben Carson fundraised in 23 states, including big money locales like Atlanta, Chicago, Las Vegas and Nashville:

While he ended 2015 on an impressive fundraising run (with 25 events from October to December), Carson only held 9 fundraisers in the last two months.

His ...

Episode 2: Political Party Time Podcast -- Super Tuesday, super delegates and super PACs

In the second edition of the Party Time Podcast with host Melissa Yeager, Libby Watson pulls back the curtain on powerful DNC superdelegates, Josh Stewart dives deep into Super Tuesday spending, Drew Doggett details Donald Trump’s self-funding claim and Jenn Topper investigates what shamrocks and sushi have in common. Tune in to learn more about the importance of super PACs in the 2016 election. Party on! Because this is one of our first shows, die-hard partiers, we're looking for your feedback on how to make it better. Which parts rocked the house? Which parts felt like a wet blanket? What ...

Hillary Clinton's February fundraising is a tour-de-force

Although Hillary Clinton has benefited from more than 100 fundraisers in just the first two months of 2016 — an average of 1.75 per day — this week marks her busiest fundraising period to date.

Clinton's fundraisers now tally over 300 across the globe in this election cycle so far, in part by deploying family members Bill and Chelsea to multiply her money making measures. But even for the Clinton camp, 21 fundraisers in just four days this week is a true tour-de-force.

And Clinton isn’t just hitting up Nevada or South Carolina as the primaries loom ...