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In today's Post Anne Kornblut and I detail the packed fundraising schedules of the 2008 presidential candidates and the near-nonstop spinning of their campaigns about how much money all that effort will produce by March 31.

But, as always, we have a little bit of extra insider information for our loyal Fix readership.

We managed to get our hands on a fascinating fundraising invite for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign. The event is set for March 31 in Pinecrest, Florida. The host? "Superproducer" Timbaland. Yes, that Timbaland. The hip-hop producer is joining forces with real-estate developer (and Democratic fundraiser extraordinaire) Chris Korge as well as former President Bill Clinton for the event. Members of the "host committee" are asked to raise $5,000 and the minimum contribution is $1,000.

For those wanting a more intimate experience with the former first couple, you can pay $4,600 for a private dinner at Korge's house to follow the Timbaland fundraiser.

"I can assure you that by supporting Senator Clinton, you are making the right choice for the future of America," Korge writes in an email promoting the gathering. "You are also supporting the candidate who will WIN the Democratic Primary."

We ask you loyal Fix readers. Which Clinton event would you rather attend? The Timbaland fundraiser or the spin class fundraiser that the New York Times' Pat Healy unearthed a few days ago?

The Fix knows where his vote would go.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 21, 2007; 1:54 PM ET
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Posted by: anonymous | March 21, 2007 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Nor'Easter: I have nothing new on this and am still trying to find out the connection of the fired folks with those that have been convicted. Texas and Ca. appear to be the place to look, for that seems to be where the most money went.

Posted by: lylepink | March 21, 2007 8:16 PM | Report abuse

neither event would be sufficient reason to listen to hillary praise herself.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 21, 2007 7:31 PM | Report abuse

The focus has been on the Eight. But as a number of people have pointed, if the Eight were canned for not following the drill, just what were the other 85 doing when they did follow the drill. Sort of like Holmes' Dog That Didn't Bark

What we're seeing with the Eight isn't pretty; but that may look good compared to what 85 prosecutors strictly adhering to the party line might have been up to.

And to think that this is pushing the F.B.I.'s overreaching in their surveillance off the radar screen.

Posted by: Nor'Easter | March 21, 2007 6:41 PM | Report abuse

The tide is turning against bush. Even the head of the Conservative Union talked about 'sunlight' today.

The purgegate scandal will center upon Carol Lam, who was fired for opening an investigation into the relationship between the CIA [bush's father's CIA, you'll remember] and extremely shady 'defense contractors.'

They will fight this to the mat to avoid being exposed.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 21, 2007 6:40 PM | Report abuse

I would never spend good money on something that bad. Either one. It's for Hillary and to me, that is bad.
Now, I'd spend good money for an Obama fundraiser...

Posted by: vwcat | March 21, 2007 5:44 PM | Report abuse

As former U.S. Attorney Bud Cummins has written, "Once the public detects partisanship in one important decision, they will follow the natural inclination to question every decision made, whether there is a connection or not."

Today, the nonpartisan congressional watchdog Democracy 21 sent a letter to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty asking whether there had been political interference in the investigation and prosecution of Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

"Based on issues that have been raised in the firing of the eight U.S Attorneys , we're all in a position to want some assurance that there hasn't been political interference in the case," Fred Wertheimer, Democracy 21's president, told me. "This still remains the worse congressional corruption scandal in 30 years. There are lesser players who have been convicted. But there are still big players here, including sitting and former members of Congress whose cases apparently have not yet been resolved. "

Citing concerns about the slow pace of the investigation and high turnover of prosecutors and supervisors working on the case, Wertheimer also asks Gonzales what resources the Justice Department has committed to the investigation.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 21, 2007 4:57 PM | Report abuse

The White House may be anxious to have a showdown over the firing of the US attorneys because they know there's going to be a battle over something and there are other matters they are even less anxious to have probed by Congress. I may disagree. The Carol Lam firing has the potential to be an endless rabbit hole that could lead to both Cornyn and DeLay, and it's no surprise that both are openly encouraging the petulant Boy King to be obstreperous, obstructionist and bellicose when it comes to dealing with Congressional subpoenas.

The GOP might be able to skate on the other firings, but Lam's investigations threatened the very heart of their six year scheme to bust out the US Treasury.

Remember this:

In the Nov. 30, 2001, e-mail, Reed told Abramoff that 50 pastors led by Ed Young of Second Baptist Church in Houston would meet with Cornyn to urge him to shut down the Alabama-Coushatta tribe's casino near Livingston. He said Young would back up the request in writing. "We have also choreographed Cornyn's response. The AG will state that the law is clear, talk about how much he wants to avoid repetition of El Paso and pledge to take swift action to enforce the law," Reed wrote. "He will also personally hand Ed Young a letter that commits him to take action in Livingston."

Ah memories. And who has enough column inches to devote to the coziness between Hot Tub Tom and Casino Jack? Lam already had Duke Cunningham, Jerry Lewis, Dusty Foggo and Mitchell Wade in her sights. And things were spreading quickly. Wade, who pled guilty to giving $1 million in bribes to Duke Cunningham, received his first federal contract for $140,000 to provide office furniture and computers to Dick Cheney:

Posted by: See it | March 21, 2007 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Could I be excused from attending ANYTHING for Clinton? It is a good thing that New Yorkers seem to like carpetbaggers (cf. Robert Kennedy, and she is NO Robert Kennedy, to paraphrase Lloyd Bentsen) because I cannot imagine her getting elected elsewhere.

Posted by: al_jal | March 21, 2007 4:45 PM | Report abuse


I'll let lylepink tell us what went on.

Posted by: Nor'Easter | March 21, 2007 4:38 PM | Report abuse

So they will only 'testify' if they are allowed to duck questions and lie? That's the way it's going to look to the american people, isn't it? Yet another case of incompetence and stonewalling...

'In authorizing the subpoena power over the objections of Republican members, the subcommittee implicitly spurned an offer by Bush yesterday to allow the officials to testify under strict conditions. The White House is demanding limits on the kinds of questions they would answer, opposes having them testify under oath and does not want their testimony to be recorded or transcribed.

If lawmakers actually issue the subpoenas, "the offer is withdrawn," White House spokesman Tony Snow warned in a news briefing today. "The moment subpoenas are issued, it means that they have rejected the offer."

Posted by: Roseann | March 21, 2007 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Hey Timbaland, get yer freak on!

Posted by: Missy Elliott | March 21, 2007 3:42 PM | Report abuse

"critical health care issues and continue Hillary's conversation with America regarding the importance of affordable quality healthcare."

that's funny to you? that 40% of the population doesn't have health insurance or access to healthcare? you think it's funny that somebody is trying to find a solution instead of just shelling out taxpayer money to global corporations?

Posted by: Anonymous | March 21, 2007 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Tony Snow really off-balance today... when asked about the 18-day gap, he said 'you'll have to ask 'them' -- I've been told there's a very good reason for it, but I don't know what it is.'

something I don't understand -- bush says it's okay for his aides to testify as long as they are not under oath. But not under oath because that's covered by executive privilege... so what does that mean?

Testifying is testifying. The only difference is if you're under oath there's a bigger penalty if you are lying. So is 'executive privilege the ability to weasel?

For all you Clinton haters, all you with Clinton Derangement Syndrme, btw, over 30 of his aides testified in court, in the continuing circus/kangaroo court that republicans made his entire time in office.

Posted by: drindl | March 21, 2007 3:33 PM | Report abuse

'I'd rather go to the Spin Class'

you don't need one. you appear to spend most of your life listening to rightwing spin...

LOL at you too, babe....

Posted by: Anonymous | March 21, 2007 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Why not write about something substantive Chris, you know, just for a change? Instead of making silly, juvenile jokes about Hillary Clinton?

Or maybe you can talk about republican fundraisers -- oh, oops, sorry you can't - closed doors and no press alllowed. Wouldn't want the public to know what kinnd of promises are being made, would they?

Posted by: Roseann | March 21, 2007 3:17 PM | Report abuse

How unfair, you pay all that money and you still have to listen to the speech.

Posted by: kingofzouk | March 21, 2007 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Timbaland man....maybe he'll bring JT along for some flava, or better yet Nelly Furtado along for some spice, haha...hey man i say anything that can attract a younger crowd to getting involved or voting is worth it.

Posted by: jaysen | March 21, 2007 2:43 PM | Report abuse

I'd rather go to the Spin Class. At least it involves something healthy and positive; not sucking up to some hip-hop mogul with a stupid made-up name.

From the Spin-vite:

"President Clinton will speak on critical health care issues and continue Hillary's conversation with America regarding the importance of affordable quality healthcare."

It would be worth it to see him 'continue her conversation.' LOL

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | March 21, 2007 2:18 PM | Report abuse

I'm surprised Miss Chris wrote this without getting it cleared by her editor, Drudge. Good girl, Chrissie, good girl.

Posted by: Parakeeta Byrd | March 21, 2007 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Timbaland, are you kidding me. Have you heard some of the things he says in his albums. HRC should be mindful of who she takes money from.

Also how much you want to bet that Obama has a fundraiser with Jay-Z and Beyonce just to one up Clinton. Maybe P. Diddy will show up. Now I'd pay 1000 bucks ot party and Jayz's house.

Posted by: Andy R | March 21, 2007 2:15 PM | Report abuse

The candidates may take money, but they have to watch out now for whom they take it from. There a A LOT of tech savy people out here who will simply bury and candidate in muck who continues policies that are detrimental to this country and working men and women. Anyone not living in a fantasy world, with anby hope whatsoever of winning the WHite House, will oppose all H1B and L1 visa's; they will use tax and custom laws to punish companies that produce goods and services via outsourced jobs; and they will drive illegal immigrants out of this country by enacting draconian laws that utterly ruin cmpanies AND INDIVIDUALS who hire undocumented workers. Stop globalization - you can take Bill Gates money or you can have my vote, you cannot have both.

Posted by: MikeB | March 21, 2007 2:07 PM | Report abuse

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