HOH’s One-Minute Recess: Cashing In

Posted September 1, 2010 at 10:46am

The Congressional recess is almost over, but many Members of Congress are using the final days of the summer break to raise cash for their campaigns — and some of them are getting a tad more creative than those usual (and sometimes dull) cocktail receptions.

Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) is scheduled to host a fundraiser at FedEx Field on Saturday, when his home-state Boise State Broncos take on the Virginia Tech Hokies as part of college football’s kickoff weekend. Tickets are $2,400 for individuals and $5,000 for political action committees, according to the Sunlight Foundation’s Party Time blog.

On Sept. 10, Rep. Bob Latta’s campaign is hosting a golf outing at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio. The Ohio Republican’s campaign is asking attendees to give $1,000 per individual and $1,500 per PAC, and it is seeking $2,000 per individual or $2,500 per PAC to be a hole sponsor.

But HOH’s favorite upcoming fundraiser comes from Rep. Earl Blumenauer’s Congressional campaign. From Sept. 10-12, the Oregon Democrat is hosting a Pinot in Portland weekend, which includes a tasting of “Oregon’s world famous pinot,” dinner at a local distillery and a bike tour of the Williamette River alongside Blumenauer, who is perhaps Congress’s most enthusiastic bicyclist. No donation suggestion is included on the fundraiser’s invite.

Dance Your Heart Out

First lady Michelle Obama has invited the Washington Ballet to perform at the White House as part of a special tribute to dancer and choreographer Judith Jamison, the dance company announced Wednesday.

The “White House Dance Series: A Tribute to Judith Jamison,” scheduled for Sept. 7 in the East Wing, will also feature performances by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (which Jamison oversees), the Paul Taylor Dance Company, the character of Billy from “Billy Elliot the Musical,” the dance group Super Cr3w and the New York City Ballet.

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