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  1. Wake up, Party Time! It’s your birthday!

    Hello party people! We interrupt our annual August nap for a birthday celebration. That’s right, folks: Now we are six!!  

  2. PT Roundup: Senate leaders start recess with dueling fundraisers, Sen. Rand Paul parties in Iowa and who says Republicans don’t love the Left Coast?

    Hey party people! Welcome to August, a month known for its sweltering humidity and Congress’s enviable five-week summer recess. As Capitol Hill quiets down, Party Time also plans for a break of our own. We will hit the pause button on our weekly roundups, and plan to be back in September. But our...  

  3. PT Round-up: Gov. Chris Christie knocks a home run in New Hampshire, Rep. Gary Peters parties on Capitol Hill, and a four-for-one deal in New Mexico

    Hello, party people! Here we are, wrapping up July and looking toward August. We can’t believe it’s almost time for Congress’s loooooooong break until Labor Day, but come to think of it, summer political partying has kept us pretty busy. Turns out, time really does fly when you’re having...  

  4. PT Round-up: Obamas! Biden!! Bourbon!!! Deadheads!!!! But where, oh where are the Republicans?

    Hello party people! We’ve got another busy week of political parties on the books over here at Party Time. But, as has been the case during the past few weeks, our social calendar skews heavily blue, with Democrats from all over getting in on the fundraising game.  

  5. PT Round-up: Barack and Michelle Obama headline fundraisers for Democrats, Chris Christie goes three-for-three in Iowa, and Nancy Pelosi has a PAC to the Future party

    Hey, party people, hey! Over here at Party Time, we know that political fundraising is a bipartisan mistress, her siren song calling to Democrats and Republicans alike. But it seems like the last few weeks have been extra busy for Dem donors.  

  6. PT Round-up: President Obama is on the road again, Rep. Paul Broun looks to retire some campaign debt, plus a wedding anniversary meets political fundraiser

    Hello party people! We hope you had a great long weekend filled with fireworks, outdoor BBQs, and desserts tricked out in red, white and blue. While just about everyone was busy partying in the name of the good ol’ U.S. of A, politicians took a break from their usually hectic social calendars....  

  7. PT Round UP: Murder Mysteries in NY, Rick Perry heads South, Scott Brown kicks off Senate Push

    Pre-fireworks sparks on the political partying trail. For those of you missing 2012, Mitt Romney and Rick Perry will be out on the circuit. And an enterprising New Yorker is staging some participatory dinner theater for his campaign bucks.  

  8. PT Round-up: Alison Lundergan Grimes goes to N.Y.C., President Obama hits up donors in Minneapolis, New Hampshire Republicans have dueling fundraisers

    Here we are, party people, deep into June of a midterm election year, which can only mean one thing: as the humidity keeps climbing, so does the tally of political fundraisers.  

  9. PT Round-up: Jeb Bush parties in Ohio, Barack Obama does two fundraisers in New York, Christian conservatives go big in D.C.

    Party people, we hope you rested up this weekend, because wowzers, do we have a full week of fundraisers for you. Folks with an eye on 2016 are coming out of the woodwork for some tactical party appearances, and some politicians from yesteryear are popping up, too, lending their name to invites for...  

  10. Party Time looks back at Rep. Eric Cantor’s fundraising highlights (hint: there were lots in D.C.)

    As the House of Representatives prepares to bid adieu to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor after his primary loss Tuesday night, Party Time has to admit: We are sad to see this partying fiend go.  

  11. Hillary Clinton’s “Hard Choices:” Where she and her backers have been shaking the money tree

    As Hillary Rodham Clinton dusts off her luggage set and preps to embark on a mega book tour to hawk her latest manuscript, “Hard Choices,” just about everyone is asking the same question: Is this the warm-up to a 2016 campaign? Here at Party Time, for months now, we’ve been tracking the travels of...  

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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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