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  1. 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.  

  2. PT Round-up: Republicans descend on New Hampshire, Rep. Barbara Comstock has a D.C breakfast, Illinois Senate race features dueling fundraisers, Rep. Joe Kennedy bowls for dollars, plus a long weekend in California

    Party people, the congressional spring break has come to a close, and perhaps the best indicator is the uptick in political partying in our nation’s capital. That’s right – the politicians are back from their home districts, and that means it’s time to hunt for some dollars in the District.  

  3. Rand Paul Is Running: Where has the newest official candidate for president been fundraising all these years?

    There are many paths to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, but for Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., that path cuts straight through Iowa and New Hampshire – and is littered with the crumpled up cocktail napkins from political fundraisers.  

  4. PT Round-up: Sen. Rand Paul fundraises in South Carolina, Sen. Rick Santorum and Gov. Rick Perry party in Iowa, and a couple of weekend getaways keep spring break going

    It’s week two of the congressional spring break, and PT’s schedule of fundraiser events continues to lean on outside-of-D.C. hotspots like South Carolina, Boston, Iowa and Manhattan. It’s hard work, traveling for campaign cash, but somebody’s got to do it!  

  5. PT Round-up: Jeb Bush, Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Rand Paul hit the road to headline fundraisers; Republican heavy-hitter Paul Singer hosts party for Winning Women

    As members of Congress head home for an enviable two-week break – just as spring kicks into gear, no less! – the fundraisers that usually clog the streets surrounding Capitol Hill hit the road, too.  

  6. PT Round-up: Gov. Chris Christie and former Sen. Rick Santorum hit the road for cash, Sen. Tammy Baldwin fundraises in D.C. and lobbyists who represent lobbyists hang out with Sen. Tim Scott

    With spring’s arrival on Capitol Hill, politicians are likely hoping that the warmer weather will inspire some cheer and generosity. So, party people, ready those checkbooks because we’ve got another busy week of fundraising fun.  

  7. Not a bad time to be a pol in Iowa

    Last month, rookie congressman David Young fundraised with establishment hope Jeb Bush near Des Moines. Now, the Iowa congressman has just announced another fundraiser with a prospective 2016'er: Rick Perry. The two will solicit contributions of up to $1,000 at a Pizza and beer get-together in...  

  8. PT Round-up: St. Patrick’s Day-themed fundraisers, Jeb Bush keeps partying hard, Rep. Debbie Dingell has a money breakfast and Martin O’Malley goes to Iowa

    Hello party people! Your friends at Party Time are on the fundraising trail this week, doing our best to sniff out all the politicians on the hunt for some sweet campaign cash. And wouldn’t you know it – it’s yet another busy week!  

  9. PT Round-up: Ed Gillespie throws a debt retirement party, Jeb Bush keeps fundraising like crazy, Gov. Scott Walker and Sen. Ted Cruz head to New Hampshire and a Wisconsin judge parties hard

    Hey, party people, hey! As just about everyone on the East Coast keeps their fingers crossed for an end to winter weather, one New Yorker is practically betting on temperatures thawing out the snowy doldrums. Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin throws his annual spring reception Thursday night at beer...  

  10. Republican presidential hopefuls Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina, Rick Perry, Scott Walker, etc. to headline fundraisers in Iowa, New Hampshire

    Republicans have been grabbing most of the headlines in the past week, what with the conservative lovefest at CPAC, the Club for Growth’s winter meeting and the California Republican Party’s convention all happening within a few days of each other. A quick look at this week’s social calendar...  

  11. Schock Watch: Where has Rep. Aaron Schock been throwing fundraisers all these years?

    Party Time looks at Rep. Aaron Schock's fundraising.  

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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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