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  1. PT Round-up: Politicians stay on their home turf and throw homegrown parties

    As the Senate and House continue their two-week vacation – oops, we mean “constituent work week” – Party Time’s social calendar continues to look quite thin. But with Passover and Easter celebrations winding down this week, politicians are starting to get back into the swing of things, partying for...  

  2. Political Party Time Gone Wild: Fundraisers go on spring break, and so do we

    Hello partiers! Congress is out for the week, members are back in their home districts and our social calendar is very, very thin. It’s a week full of holy holidays – or spring break fun, depending on your perspective – and politicians seem to be taking a break from the fundraising hustle and...  

  3. PT Round-up: Après McCutcheon, le party deluge?

    Party people, welcome to the first Monday after McCutcheon. We are bracing ourselves for an influx of fundraiser invites, seeing as the Supreme Court gave a heave-ho to that pesky cap on aggregate contributions. Now, anyone can dole out big-time bucks to federal candidates and political parties,...  

  4. PT Round-up: Old home weeks for Obama and Clinton; Oprah comes to Virginia, Rick Scott parties in Florida

    Are you still exhausted from last week’s frenzied fundraising schedule? In our last update, we reported that 28 parties were keeping politicians busy, but after a little help from our friends (hint: that’s you!), that count bumped up to 40 parties. That’s a lot of schmoozing, folks. This week's...  

  5. PT Round-up: Mitt Romney returns to the fundraising circuit, Thom Tillis comes to D.C., and Rep. Joe Garcia has three parties in three days

    They’re baaaaack! Party people, Congress is returning to D.C., so, obviously, the best way to celebrate is with a fundraiser … or two … or three. Our social calendar blows up this week with 28 parties as politicians come back to Capitol Hill after their weeklong recess. Ready them checkbooks!  

  6. PT Roundup: President Obama fundraises in Florida, Sen. Ted Cruz goes to Iowa, and Allen West’s Black Tie Boot Camp in Palm Beach

    Party people, we’ve got another packed schedule of fundraisers upon us. Looks like Congress is taking advantage of its week away from Washington to shake the money tree in warmer, non-D.C. locales: Texas, Arizona, California and Florida are all on the calendar. These politicians sure do know how to...  

  7. PT Round-up: President Obama’s New York fundraiser, Reps. James Clyburn and David Scott host D.C. dinners, plus hunting and spring training

    Hello party people! We hope all you CPAC-ers have recovered from your weekend of keynotes and debates, plus something we learned about late in the game – Reaganpalooza for the Young Conservatives Coalition. What a whirlwind few days. We aren’t sure, but that might explain why this week’s social...  

  8. PT Round-up: Conservatives party hard in Baltimore, GOP rallies around Mike McFadden, Sen. Mark Udall fundraises in Florida and New York

    Hey, party people, hey! It has been a busy few weeks on the party circuit, and we love hearing about all of the fundraiser details: What was on the menu for Vice President Joe Biden’s visit? How were Rep. Tom Price’s dance moves at the Justin Timberlake concert? This week is shaping up to be a bit...  

  9. PT Round-up: Justin Timberlake concert + fundraisers, Bill Clinton parties with Alison Lundergan Grimes, plus a gun giveaway and weekend trips

    Happy Monday, party people! Aside from more congested streets in D.C., you know how we can tell that Congress is back from break? A super-busy social calendar. Yes, this town will be bustling again with senators and representatives doing good, old-fashioned legislating. But they’ll also manage to...  

  10. PT Round-up: Biden parties in Minneapolis, Paul Ryan heads to New Hampshire, Chris Christie continues collecting cash

    Happy long weekend, partiers! We hope you are all snuggled up against the snow and cold, and enjoying the annual national tip of the hat to our famous presidents. Our current politicians are piggybacking on the winter break theme with a handful of seasonally appropriate parties.  

  11. PT Round-up: Christie parties morning, noon and night in Obama town, Pelosi raises money for Keystone Stater; Boehner heads to the Tanning State, and a $1,000 hot dog

    Happy Monday, you party animals! It’s a new week filled with new parties … but a lot of the same faces. To wit: Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., continues to lend her support to some not-quite-national-spotlight races, while Gov. Chris Christie keeps up his busy fundraising schedule for the Republican...  

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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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