As the 2016 election rolls toward November, candidates are travelling far and wide to raise money to fill their campaign... View ArticleContinue reading
High-profile hosts line Hillary Clinton’s fundraising trail
New fundraising invitations show Hillary Clinton attended a fundraiser thrown by Lynn Rothschild on Tuesday — the same day that State Department emails were released showing that Rothschild may have influenced a past profile of the White House hopeful.Continue reading
Will NFL lobby team sack proposal to tax the league?
Fiscally-minded senators and the K Street reps of some of the country's most popular professional sporting leagues may be lacing up the cleats for a battle over the tax-exempt status of these groups.
Bloomberg News is reporting that budget hawk Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., is leading a push to challenge the 501(c)6 status of groups like the National Football League, the National Hockey League and the Professional Golfers Association -- citing the need to close loopholes in the tax code and the $109 million that taxing these groups would add to the federal budget over ten years. However ...Continue reading
Ryan attracts hundreds of D.C.-area donors at hotel fundraiser
With Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney campaign’s finances in some trouble, a fundraiser at an upscale Washington hotel Thursday featuring his runningmate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., attracted about 200 donors, according to an estimate from one who paid $1,000 to attend.
That was the lowest price of admission for the event, at the stately Mayflower Renaissance. For $2,500, guests got a photo with Ryan and for $10,000, they participated in industry roundtable meetings. After the photo op, attendees swung over to another room where they could have a beer or a glass or wine. Ryan was ...Continue reading
Party Time Turns Four With New Site
Party Time, the popular Sunlight site about political fundraisers, turns four years old this month. To celebrate its birthday and... View ArticleContinue reading
Introducing the new and improved Party Time
Just in time for the really big political parties in Tampa and Charlotte, Party Time's gussied up!
Four years after it launched to cover the 2008 presidential elections, Party Time, the only resource that tracks presidential and congressional fundraisers and convention parties for political movers and shakers has gotten a makeover. New features, including a calendar tracking the frequency of events and a new section dedicated to the Republican National Convention and Democratic National Convention, make Party Time even more user friendly.
The new look is part of Sunlight's convention coverage, which will include on-the-ground reports, photos posted ...Continue reading
Listen and Share This American Life’s “Take the Money and Run for Office” Episode
If you haven’t already listened to This American Life’s episode, “Take the Money and Run for Office,” I encourage you... View ArticleContinue reading
Embattled financial services chairman hits up friendly industry for campaign dollars
Rep. Spencer Bachus, R-Ala., under investigation for possible violations of insider trading laws and facing a primary challenge over his close ties to the banking industry, will be seeking campaign help from that industry on Monday.
The Alabama Bankers Association is hosting a breakfast fundraiser at its offices, according to an invitation obtained by Party Time that highlights Bachus' position as the chairman of the Financial Services Committee. This election cycle, Bachus has raised more from the Finance, Insurance and Real Estate sectors than any other House member outside of leadership.
The ten-term congressman rose to become chairman of Financial ...Continue reading
Fundraiser Party Crashing: A True Story
A few weeks ago NPR’s Planet Money team contacted us with a pretty simple inquiry: What happens at congressional fundraisers?... View ArticleContinue reading
Online poker lobby gives timely donations to pair of congressmen pushing its cause
Congressman Joe Barton, who is now lobbying the special deficit panel to legalize Internet poker, got some not so subtle nudges from the Poker Players Alliance when he introduced his own online poker bill in June.
On June 20, just days before Barton, R-Texas, brought his bill to the floor, the PPA’s PAC gave Barton’s campaign committee $2,500, according to the group’s Federal Election Commission report. Four days later, Barton, the second-ranking Republican on the Energy and Commerce Committee, introduced the measure. The PPA applauded the bill.
On June 28, the PPA’s PAC sent another ...Continue reading