Despite recent recession trend stories suggesting that lobbyists are in less of a mood to party, the Sunlight Foundation has heard of three times more fundraisers happening this December compared to last December. And while an unusual legislative schedule has reportedly spoiled senators' fundraising efforts, members of the House are having no such trouble.
Of the seasonal fundraisers happening this week, only one congressman, Republican Bill Posey, has the nerve to mention a religious denomination in his invite (to see "A Christmas Carol"). Highlight's of the week's events:
HOLIDAY IN NEW YORK Over the weekend, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) was scheduled to host a "Holiday Weekend in New York" fundraiser in her hometown. According to an invitation received by Sunlight, guests were treated to a reception on Friday, two meals on Saturday, and Sunday brunch, as well as two tickets to "South Pacific" on Broadway. Attendees also are guaranteed access to two upcoming "issues breakfasts" in Washington next year. Cost of the holiday weekend? A contribution of $4,800 to $5,000 to Rep. Maloney's 2010 campaign.
HOLIDAY BREAKFAST Rep. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) will be the beneficiary of a "Holiday Breakfast" on Tuesday morning at the National Democratic Club townhouse near the Capitol. Cost of attendance is a campaign contribution ranging from $500 to $5,000.
WINTER RECEPTION At that same townhouse, Rep. John Olver (D-Mass.) has a "Winter Reception" planned for later that evening. Rep. Olver's suggested contribution is $1,000 -- not quite as costly as his colleague's.
HOLIDAY RECEPTION On Wednesday evening, Rep. Tom Latham (R-Iowa) has scheduled a "Holiday Reception" at a Capitol Hill Mediterranean cafe, with a $500 - $1,000 cover charge. Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) is scheduled to come as a "Special Guest."
A CHRISTMAS CAROL! Rep. Bill Posey (R-Fla.) is inviting contributors to a Tuesday night performance of "A Christmas Carol" at the Ford Theatre. Pre-show hot chocolate and baked goods will be served at a nearby Starbucks at 6:00 p.m.; the show starts at 7:00. Tickets cost a campaign contribution of $1,000 for one, two for $1,500 and four for $2,500.