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Happy New Year! Let's get this party started!

Hello, partiers, and Happy New Year! As the resident professional party patrollers, we hope you imbibed your fair share of bubbly and munched on plenty of toothpick-speared apps (the edible kind, technophiles!) during the holiday break. As Congress meanders back to Capitol Hill, Party Time is worried, seriously worried that about our solons' hangovers. The first full week of 2014 is shaping up to be a slow one on the party circuit. Could the lawmakers be partied out? Naaaah, we can see partying times ahead on our social calendar. Perhaps they feel it might be a tad unseemly to be ...

PT Roundup: 2013 year in review, oddball parties edition

Hey, did somebody say party? Yeah, we told you we were done for the year but as everybody togs up to say ta-ta to 2013, Party Time just had to get into the action. We've already given you our swell all-about-the-cash playlist. Now, as the old year winds down, we decided to indulge in our own version of Auld Lang Syne: a look back at the top 13 weirdest political fundraisers we heard about this year. (Got one that beats these? You know what to do.) In no particular order: - Remember that time when Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., had ...

PT Roundup: Beyonce, Breakfast, and Scott Brown

Hello partiers, and happy snowy December! Did we mention Beyonce's coming to town? And a few lawmakers are sticking around for the fun(draising)? As Congress winds down this unproductive year, we’ve had a few recent end o’ the year surprises, like a budget deal passing the House and heading to the Senate. In the midst of that development, one of the budget’s primary architects, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., even managed to pop down to sunny Florida for two fundraisers. Now that’s multitasking, folks. But the whirlwind of holiday-themed parties of the last few weeks is coming to a close, meaning ...

Sandy Hook hasn't dampened politicians' enthusiasm for gun fundraisers

Guns, politicians and parties? It has been a winning combination on the campaign fundraising trail. Despite the tragedy at Sandy Hook and subsequent reopening of the debate over gun control, that still appears to be true.

Last year, we looked at all of our fundraising data and found that since 2006, just shy of 70 lawmakers threw upwards of 110 events that somehow incorporated guns. Not surprisingly, the National Rifle Association – the country’s primary gun rights advocacy organization – provided a popular Capitol Hill venue for Republicans and Democrats alike wanting to have a laser shootout-themed event. This ...

PT Round-up: 'Tis the season for politicians to party hard for campaign cash

Hello partiers! It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and what better way to celebrate than with a political fundraiser or two? That’s certainly on Congress’s mind this week, even if it’s just a distraction from yet another looming budget battle. In fact, the Republican leader of the budget negotiations, Rep. Paul Ryan, will start out the week shaking the (palm) trees for cash in the Sunshine State. According to St. Petersblog, Ryan will breakfast Monday in the Orlando area with Republican supporters and members of Congress at the home of Rep. John Mica, R-Fla. The same day, Ryan ...