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  1. Hillary Clinton’s guide to throwing a house party

    Hillary Clinton may be raising more than half a million dollars a day, but in a guide written by her campaign intended for grassroots event hosts the emphasis is on the collection of data about attendees. The document, obtained by the Sunlight Foundation’s Political Party Time and embedded...  

  2. Candidates see green in Orange County

    It’s a busy week in Orange County, where three Republican presidential candidates will be traveling to fundraise for a wide-open primary.  

  3. Clyburn’s cable conundrum

    Here at Political Party Time, we depend on a network of reliable, anonymous sources to keep us (and you!) informed about where and with whom our elected officials are spending their time. We got a notification about an event—the “Annual Tech, Telecom & Cable Dinner”—featuring Rep....  

  4. PT Round-up: Hillary Clinton does 5 more fundraisers, Sen. Rand Paul parties in Baltimore and California, Sen. Marco Rubio collects cash with Oracle founder Larry Ellison, and Sen. Lindsey Graham raises money for his leadership PAC

    Politicians continue to crisscross the country for campaign cash this week, and Party Time is the only place with all of the details. We’ve got our finger on the pulse of the who, what, where and when of political fundraising from sea to shining sea.  

  5. PT Round-up: Hillary Clinton headlines 8 fundraisers, Sen. Marco Rubio keynotes a party in Connecticut, Democrats throw their support behind Ted Strickland and Sen. Joni Ernst makes ‘em squeal at a pig roast

    Welcome to June, party people! As summer heats up the nation’s capital, the party animals who are your elected representatives continue to go big on the campaign cash circuit. This week’s social calendar features shindigs from the Lone Star State to the Empire State.  

  6. PT Round-up: Gov. Chris Christie does fundraisers in New York and New Jersey, GOP hopefuls come out for Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, Hillary Clinton is a fundraising fiend and Martin O’Malley parties pre-announcement

    Party people, this long weekend of BBQs and sunshine marks the unofficial start to summer, and politicians are celebrating the seasonal shift with some good, old-fashioned political partying. While us regular Janes and Joes are thrilled to enjoy a Monday holiday, Congress heads home for a full...  

  7. PT Round-up: Jeb Bush parties for his PAC, Sen. Amy Klobuchar celebrates her birthday, and Sen. Ted Cruz, Hillary Clinton and Sen. Marco Rubio fundraise for their presidential committees

    Politicians keep up the cash collecting contest this week, with presidential hopefuls, members of Congress and local politicos hitting the money trail hard. When it comes to political partying, the partying never stops!  

  8. PT Round-up: Gov. Chris Christie parties for his PAC, Jeb Bush fundraises in Nevada and Iowa, Hillary Clinton looks for Manhattan money, and Sen. Harry Reid throws a fundraiser for his hoped-for successor

    Another day, another fundraiser or five! This week’s social calendar is bursting with parties for presidential hopefuls, Senate candidates and groups in early voting states like Iowa and New Hampshire.  

  9. PT Round-up: President Barack Obama parties in New York and Oregon, Gov. Chris Christie hits the road for fundraisers, Hillary Clinton goes on a fundraising swing in California, and Carly Fiorina touches down in Iowa

    Party people, if you feel like you’re in the throes of spring fever, you’re not alone. A quick look at this week’s social calendar shows that politicos are itching for a change of scenery, hitting the road for non-D.C. dollars.  

  10. PT Round-up: Presidential wannabes continue partying hard, with fundraisers this week for Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush’s Right to Rise super PAC, Marco Rubio and Hillary Clinton

    Party people, we are still in the first half of 2015, but politicians are partying like it’s a big-time election year. Our social calendar this week is dominated by fundraisers for politicians with their eyes on the White House.  

  11. PT Round-up: Jeb Bush has five fundraisers, baseball brings out the bucks, politicians party during JazzFest, and Republican presidential hopefuls head to Iowa

    Spring is in the air, party people, and D.C. is starting to blossom and bloom. The trees are green, birds are chirping and parks are buzzing with people excited to shed those winter coats. And wouldn’t you know it? Politicians are coming out of the woodwork, too, throwing parties left and right.  

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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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