Good morning, partiers! Still feeling sleepy from all of that turkey and weekend shopping? Well, pour yourself another cup of coffee and get ready for some fundraising festivities because it’s going to be a busy December – we’ve counted 44 parties on the books so far, and most are during the first...
PT Round-up: Republicans and Chris Christie party hard, Grimes fundraises in Kentucky By Palmer Gibbs Dec 2, 2013 midnight
PT Round-up: Obama, Biden go on pre-Thanksgiving fundraising spree By Palmer Gibbs Nov 25, 2013 midnight
Hello partiers, and Happy Thanksgiving! The latter part of the week promises to be filled with turkey and trimmings, but before that, there’s some fundraising to be done. The country’s number one and number two are hoping to cash in on some major donors’ feelings of holiday-induced goodwill on...
Happy birthday Joe, you travellin’ man By Peter Olsen-Phillips Nov 20, 2013 9 a.m.
It's Joe Biden's birthday and we've mapped out his partying 'year-in-review.' The Vice President has hit big cities, early primary states and the districts of embattled political allies. PT data shows that he could have the partyin' chops to make a serious run for the White House in 2016.
Is Joe Biden gauging support for a 2016 White House run? By Peter Olsen-Phillips Nov 18, 2013 2:05 p.m.
Joe Biden has had a blitz of fundraising trips in big cities and battle ground states across the country recently. Party Time records seem to support the rumors that the VP is testing the waters for a 2016 run.
PT Round-up: Raising cash for Pennsylvania pols, big names come out for Michigan Senate race, and $500 tacos By Palmer Gibbs Nov 18, 2013 7:32 a.m.
Hey, partiers, hey! It’s Monday morning in the nation’s capital, which means we are looking at a week of committee hearings, legislation markups and, you guessed it, fundraisers. Michigan’s upcoming Senate race is nudging Terri Lynn Land further into the national spotlight, especially after an...
PT Round-up: BYO Gun to target practice, Gov. Rick Scott heads to D.C., plus an expensive Philly cheesesteak By Palmer Gibbs Nov 11, 2013 midnight
Good morning, partiers! This week’s events run the gamut, from your run-of-the-mill receptions to a Philly cheesesteak lunch to a birthday party at an amusement park. Not to be outdone, Rep. Andy Harris, R-MD, has an afternoon of target practice with pistols and rifles in Virginia planned for...
PT Round-up: Obama, Perry, Palin, Lee all headline events this week By Palmer Gibbs Nov 3, 2013 11 p.m.
Greetings, partiers! This week has a shorter list of fundraisers, but they are chockablock full of heavy-hitters. Sen. Harry Reid, the Obamas, Hillary Clinton, Gov. Rick Perry, Sarah Palin, Sen. Mike Lee … the stars are coming out to start off November.
Mega-giver Sheldon Adelson and GOP bigwigs push African American conservative for Congress By Peter Olsen-Phillips Oct 29, 2013 5:03 p.m.
Niger Innis, a national Tea Party figure, is testing the waters for a potential run for congress with one of the most powerful conservative donors in the country at his side. The conservative commentator and National Outreach Director for TheTeaParty.net will be joined by Sheldon Adelson, former...
PT Round-up: Donors come out for McAuliffe, and Bruce Braley’s birthday bash By Palmer Gibbs Oct 28, 2013 midnight
Hello, partiers! This week continues on last week’s post-shutdown return to fundraising-as-usual. As of press time, we’ve got 33 parties on tap this week, including yet another President Obama-headlined event. Find out who else is trick-or-treating for cash this Halloween week …
Toot! Toot!! All aboard the de Blasio train! By Peter Olsen-Phillips Oct 22, 2013 2:34 p.m.
While Bill de Blasio has cast himself as a champion of the Big Apple's underclass, an invitation obtained by Party Time for his Oct. 21 fundraiser with Hillary Clinton shows that he's not having any trouble finding support amongst the city's elite.
PT Round-up: Clintons tag-team in New York, Cruz to have an Iowa weekend By Palmer Gibbs Oct 21, 2013 midnight
America, congratulations: Your government is up and running again! After 16 days of shutdown-induced uncertainty, the government is sprouting to life again, and politicians and the lobbyists who love them are celebrating with fundraising events. The Clintons are getting busy in New York for a...
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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.Read all about it
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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.Read all about it
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.Read all about it