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.
PT Round-up: Obamas! Biden!! Bourbon!!! Deadheads!!!! But where, oh where are the Republicans? By Palmer Gibbs Jul 21, 2014 midnight
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 By Palmer Gibbs Jul 14, 2014 12:01 a.m.
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.
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 By Palmer Gibbs Jul 7, 2014 midnight
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....
PT Round UP: Murder Mysteries in NY, Rick Perry heads South, Scott Brown kicks off Senate Push By Stan Oklobdzija Jun 30, 2014 midnight
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.
PT Round-up: Alison Lundergan Grimes goes to N.Y.C., President Obama hits up donors in Minneapolis, New Hampshire Republicans have dueling fundraisers By Palmer Gibbs Jun 23, 2014 midnight
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.
PT Round-up: Jeb Bush parties in Ohio, Barack Obama does two fundraisers in New York, Christian conservatives go big in D.C. By Palmer Gibbs Jun 16, 2014 midnight
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...
Party Time looks back at Rep. Eric Cantor’s fundraising highlights (hint: there were lots in D.C.) By Palmer Gibbs Jun 11, 2014 3:05 p.m.
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.
Hillary Clinton’s “Hard Choices:” Where she and her backers have been shaking the money tree By Palmer Gibbs Jun 10, 2014 9 a.m.
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...
PT Round-up: Mitt Romney parties big, Sen. Mary Landrieu throws crawfish fest in D.C., and Republicans fundraise in Iowa By Palmer Gibbs Jun 9, 2014 midnight
Hello, party people! It’s been a busy few weeks on our social calendar, with some politicians raising last-minute cash before their primary elections and other politicians throwing down last-minute endorsements. There’s never a dull moment when it comes to political partying.
PT Round-up: Alison Lundergan Grimes fundraises in D.C., Michael Bloomberg hosts Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, and Dems line up for Hillary Clinton By Palmer Gibbs Jun 2, 2014 midnight
Hello party people, and welcome to your first full week of summer! As the swamp that is D.C. continues to heat up, a fearless foursome is heading west for a Southern California getaway – plus fundraising! The rest of our social calendar is plenty busy this week, but we are sure there are other...
PT Round-up: Joe Biden hits the fundraising trail, Rick Perry parties in Iowa, and Chris Christie heads to New Mexico, Tennessee By Palmer Gibbs May 27, 2014 midnight
Hey, party people, hey! We hope you are enjoying this long weekend of sunshine, BBQs and (hopefully) red, white and blue-themed rooftop get-togethers. Your hard-working legislators are taking a three-day weekend, too, stepping away from Capitol Hill and, with one exception, even holding off on...
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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