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  1. PT Round-up: Rep. Barbara Comstock has an open house, Wisconsin judges party hard, Ready for Hillary throws D.C. fundraiser, and Rep. Steny Hoyer hits the slopes

    Hiya, party animals! As we wrap up this first month of the 114th Congress, politicians continue to keep their noses to the grindstone, filling their days with votes, meetings and press conferences. From what Party Time can tell, all that actual working is keeping members of Congress away from the...  

  2. PT Round-up: Iowa hosts most 2016 GOP hopefuls while Sen. Marco Rubio parties at the beach; Texas welcomes a new governor with a BBQ and Sen. Chris Coons fundraises over basketball

    Hey, party people, hey! If you can believe it, we are already churning through January, combating the cold by keeping track of all of the hobnobbing happening at political parties.  

  3. PT Round-up: Jeb Bush! Marco Rubio! Elizabeth Warren! Hillary Clinton! 2015 partying gets started with an eye on the 2016 presidential race

    Happy New Year, party people! As we start out this snowy, chilly 2015, politicians are settling in at their new digs on Capitol Hill and navigating the uncharted territory of the 114th Congress.  

  4. 2016 watch: Jeb Bush’s leadership PAC, Right to Rise PAC, to throw first fundraiser

    Jeb Bush – former governor of Florida and likely 2016 presidential candidate – piqued the interest of political watchers everywhere this week when his newly formed leadership PAC sent out invitations for a fundraiser on Wednesday in Connecticut.  

  5. Oddball PT Round-up: Party Time’s top 10 zaniest political fundraisers of 2014

    Party people, the year is quickly drawing to a close and you know what that means: A look back at the best – as in, creative/kooky/oddball – parties of 2014! (If you know of a winner that we don’t have, you know what to do! Send it right here.)  

  6. PT Round-up: Sen. Rand Paul headlines Mississippi fundraiser, more debt retirement parties and some expensive pancakes

    With the holidays fast approaching and the midterms officially wrapped up after Saturday’s runoff in Louisiana, politicians seem to have their eyes squarely on their impending winter break. But before they hit the road for home, members of Congress will cram in some last minute partying this week.  

  7. PT Round-up: Dueling fundraisers for Landrieu, Cassidy; Ready for Hillary parties on; and holiday-themed get-togethers

    Hey, party people, hey! After a spat of post-midterms thank you parties and debt retirement receptions, Capitol Hill denizens took a break from the fundraising circuit for some turkey time in their home districts. But don’t worry; Thanksgiving didn’t turn members of Congress into a bunch of...  

  8. Extra! Extra! Party Time learns Sen. Mary Landrieu to throw two D.C. fundraisers, Sen. Pat Roberts and Rep. Bob Dold to retire campaign debt, and Rep. Ken Buck to thank old donors and ask for cash from new friends

    Party people, we asked and you answered! When we last checked in, this week’s social calendar was shockingly thin. We were sure it indicated that parties were still in the planning stages, not that politicos had given up on the joys of fundraising.  

  9. Party Time’s post-midterms funk, aka share those fundraiser invites!

    Hello, party people! Everyone, and we mean everyone, seems to be coming down from the high of midterm mania.  

  10. PT Round-up: Debt retirement underway for Sen.-elect Tom Cotton, GOPers have their Monday Meeting and Sen. Mike Crapo fundraises with some R&R on the side

    Party people, we did it – we made it through the midterms! As the dust settles on last Tuesday’s elections, Democrats are left licking some major wounds and (if they are doing it right) Republicans are still celebrating in the streets.  

  11. PT Round-up: Pre-election pasta; Sen. Roy Blunt has Election Day fundraiser and Sen. David Vitter cashes in on Disney magic

    Hello, party people! It’s the week we’ve all been waiting for: The midterm elections are finally here!  

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Christmas comes early? US Chamber spends $750k in one week

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce spent an astounding $750,000 in the past week alone on ad buys for mainstream Republican candidates in four different races, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. and Senate hopeful Rep. Shelly Moore Capito, R-W.V.

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IRS takes aim at $300 million campaign influence industry

Updated: 11/26; 6 p.m.

Tuesday's surprise announcement that the Internal Revenue Service intends to take aim at campaign spending by so-called social welfare non-profits could substantially alter the political landscape  -- if the tax agency's proposed new regulations eventually take effect. That's a big if given the lengthy and, given the stakes involved, highly contentious path ahead.

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Happy Thankgiving! How does campaign cash affect the food on your plate?

Thanksgiving is nearly upon us, with President Barack Obama scheduled to deliver the annual stay of execution for the National Thanksgiving Turkey on Wednesday. But on Capitol Hill, there's less goodwill: An end to the impasse on the farm bill is not in sight. Last year at this time we reported that Congress had let the massive bill that governs farm programs as well as food programs for the needy expired months before the holiday; this year is much the same, with little hope of the lawmakers -- who are off on their own holiday recess -- coming to agreement come December let alone by Thanksgiving Day.

Where there's controversy, there's political money, and agribusiness continues to pour campaign contributions into the coffers of the members of Congress who matter most:  So far this election cycle, top recipients of donations from agricultural services companies, according to Sunlight's Influence Explorer  were Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Okla, who happens to be chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, and Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. He serves on the Senate Agriculture Committee but, perhaps more to the point, he happens to be the Senate Republican leader. He's also facing a tough reelection fight next year that's likely to make him especially grateful for contributions.

MORE: See Party Time's list of fundraisers for members of the House Agriculture Committee and the Senate Agriculture Committee.

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