The donors were allowed to host 2005's lavish event in the Rayburn House Office Building. The invitation is here.
A UPS spokesman didn't know how much that party cost but said they'd sponsor it again in 2006. A spokesman for Davis said he'd be happy to have lobbyists and contractors pay again next time.
Senator John Warner (R-VA) pays for his own party for his staff. A lot of staffers are starting to pay for their own parties, as well. Davis hopes to join Jim Webb in the Senate in 2008 when Warner is expected to retire. Davis seems to have no interest in emulating Warner. For now the Chair of the Reform Committee, who oversees the activities of these lobbyists and contractors, wants to stick the bill to them.
Davis and the Committee has one of the biggest staffs on the Hill, a staff that has already helped itself to trips so frequent and so lavish that it made headlines this year. The staff has plenty of time for private jets to Italy because it has taken a break after issuing 1,052 subpoenas for testimony on Clinton's Christmas card list; it has issued only 11 subpoenas related to allegations of Republican abuse. Staffers can relax without having to worry about bringing a pot-luck dish, well-deserved after a tough year of not holding hearings on Iraq, Abu Gahrib, Valarie Plame, WMDs, and Jack Abramoff.
One party planner, IDS, is run by Richard Carroll, who may be represented by the consulting and lobbyist firm that has hired Davis's wife, ICG. ICG preps company execs for testimony before Davis's Reform Committee. Carroll has donated $10,000 to Jeannemarie Devolites Davis as Richard Carroll of Virginia and Richard Carroll of Florida. According to the FEC, he donated $11,000 to Tom Davis and another $7,000 to the NRCC when Davis was Chair. Carroll is on the Board of the Small Business Technology Commission that testified before Davis's Committee on Iraq contractor-related issues several times that year, e.g., here at p 94.
The story made Lou Dobbs report:
Maybe the Senate Intelligence Committee should have the CIA pay for its party... The International Relations Committee, maybe they could have Russia kick in, maybe a little from China?
More telephone numbers for Davis are here.
With all the "lobbist" scandles and the Abramoff connections that he just slided into re-election.