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  1. PT Round-up: Sen. Marco Rubio parties in Iowa, Vice President Joe Biden is Boston strong, Hillary Clinton fundraises in New Hampshire, plus a panty party (sort of)

    Party people, can you believe it? We are one week out from the midterms! After all of the ads, all of the money and all of the parties, it’s down to the voters, who seem to be prepping for Election Day with a resounding “meh.” Gallup recently reported that voter enthusiasm is way down this cycle,...  

  2. PT Round-up: Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama hit up ATM states; Rand Paul, Chris Christie party in Iowa; Rick Scott beats the FanGate heat with a Florida fundraiser

    Hey, party people, hey! The whirlwind of pre-midterm political fundraising continues this week, with another packed social calendar that takes us from Illinois to Iowa, from California to the Carolinas. It’s crunch time, folks, so ready those checkbooks!  

  3. PT Round-up: Donald Trump goes to Iowa, President Obama and Vice President Biden fundraise for Democrats, and Govs. Christie and Jindal party for fellow GOPers

    Hello party people! As the march toward midterms continues, so does politicians’ cross-country cash grab. Your elected representatives are working hard for the money, partying big time with deep-pocketed donors and bringing in dough at a breakneck pace.  

  4. PT Round-up: Barack Obama raises goop-loads of money with Gwyneth Paltrow; Joe Biden, Carole King make donors sing; Mitt Romney fundraises with Republican heavyweights; plus, a “Game of Thrones” party

    Hello, party people! This week’s social calendar is a little less packed than recent weeks, but most of the parties on the books boast big names and carry a high price tag. Over here at Party Time, we like to think of that as strategic partying: If you can charge way more money at a handful of...  

  5. PT Round-up: Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama and Mitt Romney all hit the fundraising trail; Chris Christie travels to Ohio; Pat Roberts and Jeb Bush party in Kansas

    Hello, party people! Fall is in the air: The leaves are changing, just about everything is pumpkin-flavored and politicians are doubling up on their fundraising efforts. But with members of Congress back in their home districts until after the midterms, much of this week’s partying takes place far...  

  6. PT Round-up: Who has Sen. Pat Roberts, former POTUS Bill Clinton, Sen. Mark Udall, Speaker John Boehner, 20K invites and wants more?? Read on!

    Hello, party people! If you can believe it, we are looking at the last full week of September, and politicians are slogging through the midterms push with – you guessed it! – fundraisers galore.  

  7. PT Round-up: Sen. Ted Cruz, Gov. Chris Christie headline fundraisers in South Carolina; Obamas and Hillary Clinton party in D.C.; Rep. John Boehner’s backyard BBQ

    Party animals, welcome to another jam-packed week of political fundraising! Know how we know midterms are approaching? This week’s social calendar is overflowing with politicos bellying up to the (campaign cash) bar.  

  8. Welcome to the party, Maine! Political Party Time kicks off first state-based collaboration

    We are extra excited to welcome Maine to the Political Party Time family! The good folks at the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting are PT’s first local partner in our never-ending endeavor to uncover the who, what, when and where of political fundraising.  

  9. PT Round-up: Clintons, Obamas come out for Democratic Senate candidates, Michelle Nunn parties with Usher, and a birthday fundraiser for Gov. Chris Christie

    Party people, for months now we’ve been anticipating a fall season bursting at the seams with political fundraisers. And here we are, in the second full week of September, with a jam-packed social calendar.  

  10. PT Round-up: Alison Lundergan Grimes raffles off lunch with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Rep. John Boehner fundraises in Denver, and Bill Clinton parties for Dems in New York City

    Hello, party people, and welcome to September! It’s the official start of what promises to be a very busy fall full of fundraisers for November’s midterm election. As politicians hunker down for the final stretch of their races, they’ll be asking you to dole out some serious campaign cash. It’s all...  

  11. 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!!  

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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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