At least six members of Congress, all Democrats, plan to relive the 70s and also raise some serious 2010 campaign cash at the Carole King and James Taylor Troubadour Reunion Tour at the Verizon Center in Washington tonight.
The Troubadour Reunion Tour is billed as the 40th anniversary of King and Taylor’s first performance together in 1970 at the folk-music-mecca, the Troubadour nightclub, in West Hollywood, Calif.
Lawmakers who are planning fundraisers at this event include:
Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md., who is asking guests to pay $1,000 for individuals and $1,500 for political action committees.
Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., who is also hosting a reception at the Verizon Center an hour before the concert. Tickets are $2,500 per political action committee and $2,400 per individual.
Rep. John Hall, D-N.Y., is advertising the “best seats in the house” for the concert. His tickets are $2,500 per ticket for seats to the right of the stage “designed to recreate the intimacy of the vintage Troubadour club” and offers the chance to attend a private pre-concert sound check. Guests can also pay $1,000 for premium seats, which are close row seats right by the stage.
Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif., lists her position as the Chair of the Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee of the House Armed Serves Committee, and a member of the Homeland Security and Joint Economic Committees. Sanchez’ tickets to the event are $1,000 for individuals and $2,500 for political action committees.
Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., writes on his invite to the concert: “I hope you will be able to join me for a special concert event featuring Carol [sic] King and James Taylor tomorrow” and is asking for contributions of $2,500.
Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., appears to have used the same outreach service as Rep. Engel because her invite looked the same as his, complete with the identical typo of Carole King’s name. DeGette is also asking for contributions of $2,500. Her invite lists an earlier date of the concert of June 8th, but it was changed to tonight.
Tonight’s concert, which will include original support band from The Troubadour, is estimated to be the best selling ticket event in the world, based on sales from the secondary ticket exchange, the TicketNetwork Exchange.Tweet
Kansas Rep. Jerry Moran is tapping Nationals sensation Stephen Strasburg as his #1 starter on his Kansas Senate campaign. Already a cash cow for the Nationals and Major League Baseball, Moran is hoping that the 21-year-old phenom will hit it out of the park with donors. Moran and his supporters will be at Nationals Stadium today for a fundraiser while watching the Nationals face off against the Kansas City Royals at 4:35 p.m.
Moran is battling Rep. Todd Tiahrt in the GOP primary. Thus far, Moran has raised $2.2 million through March, compared to Tiahrt’s $1.6 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, though both have plenty of cash on hand ($3.5 million for Moran, $1.5 million for Tiahrt).
There are still seats available to today’s game, which is listed as one of the Nationals’ “value games” so tickets are slightly cheaper. They cost anywhere from $5 for the grandstand to $70 for dugout box seats, to $325 to sit behind home plate. But for a Moran backer, seats are costing $1,000 for PACs and $500 for individuals, according to the invitation, which was in an “upcoming events” email sent by the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
Strasburg, who throws 100-mph fastballs, is already getting all-star buzz after only three starts. The rookie is scheduled to make two more starts before the All-Star Break: July 3 and July 9. After the Nationals return to the field on July 16, manager Jim Riggleman plans to rest Strasburg for a few more games.
Nationals games have been a popular place to raise money in the past. To see all parties at Nationals Park, type “Nationals” under the Venue Name search option or click here.Tweet
At least three politicians – Reps. Tom Price, R-Ga., Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and Gregg Harper, R-Miss. – are using Swift’s concert tonight to raise funds. Two tickets to sing “You Belong With Me” with Price is costing political action committees $4,000 each, while individuals will shell out $2,500 for just one seat. Harper is charging individuals $2,400, for two tickets and asking $5,000 from PACs. Blackburn offers the biggest bargain at $1,500 for PACs and $1,000 for individuals.
All are far above the regular price of the ticket however, which ranges from $28-$72.50. However these fundraisers don’t violate the District’s anti-scalping law, which forbids the sale of tickets above or below their face value, because the exchange took place on the Internet and not a public street.
If Kanye West were here, he might say: I’ma let you finish, but… Beyonce had one of the best fundraisers of all time. That’s because Beyonce’s summer 2009 Verizon Center concert also raised funds for at least five politicians. For example a ticket to see Ms. Knowles with Rep. Sanford Bishop cost $2,500.
Politicos might want to consider touring with the 20-year-old Swift, who writes her own songs. She’s sold over 24 million digital tracks, making her the top-selling digital artist in music history, according to Neilsen SoundScan. And she’s got broad appeal.
So that begs the question: Why are all the fundraisers at tonight’s Swift concert for Republicans? And why were 4 out of the 5 Beyonce fundraisers for Democrats?Tweet
At two Bruce Springsteen concerts in DC last year there were more than a dozen fundraisers held for members of Congress, according to a Washington Post article today.
Reporters at the nonprofit investigative journalism organization ProPublica and the Post wrote about these fundraisers using Party Time data and combined it with campaign finance and lobbying reports, identifying some of the organizations involved with these fundraisers.
Here’s a complete list of all the fundraiser fliers for the concerts Party Time collected last year:
Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., May 2009.
Democratic Congressional Committee/Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., May 2009.
Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md., May 2009.
Rep. John Barrow, D-Ga., Nov 2009.
Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wisc., May 2009.
Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Pa., May 2009.
Rep. Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y., May 2009.
Rep. Adrian Smith, R-Neb., Nov 2009.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., Nov 2009.
Rep. John Carter, R-Tex., Nov 2009.
Rep. Ed Towns, D-N.Y., Nov 2009.
Rep. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa., Nov 2009.
Rep. John Hall, D-N.Y., Nov 2009.
Rep. Baron Hill, D-Ind., May 2009.
Rep. Leonard Lance, R-N.J., May 2009.
Rep. Ed Towns, D-N.Y., May 2009.
Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., May 2009.
Rep. Tom Harkin D-Iowa., May 2009.
Elham contributed to this report.Tweet
Rocker and staunch Democrat Jon Bon Jovi might be surprised to learn that his concert at the Verizon Center on Monday also played host to at least two fundraisers for Republican members of Congress.
Rep. Duncan Hunter, CA-52, and Rep. Robert E. Latta, OH-5, both booked fundraisers with a “suggested contribution” far above the face value of the ticket. According to the Latta for Congress invite, donors could be a “Rock Star” by paying $2,500 per PAC; a “Roadie” for $1,000; or a “Fan” for $500. The Hunter for Congress invite included slightly lower prices at $2,000 per PAC to host the event, $1,000 per PAC to attend and $500 per person.
Democratic Rep. John Adler, NJ-3, had also scheduled a fundraiser at the concert, but a spokesperson for his campaign said it did not actually take place. Adler’s invite had asked for $1,500 for a PAC ticket, $2,500 for a pair and $500 for a personal ticket. Emails to Latta’s campaign were not returned, and a staffer at Hunter’s campaign said he hadn’t heard of the fund raiser.
Verizon Center spokesperson Sheila Francis declined to say who held rights to the luxury suites where the events were held, but said the suites are often leased on an annual basis, and some can be rented for a single event for $4,000 to $8,000.
A suite can hold anywhere from 12 to 24 ticket holders and can include two rows of seating, a kitchenette, a bathroom, a television and a refrigerator.
Francis said such fundraisers don’t violate the District’s anti-scalping law, which forbids the sale of tickets above or below their face value, because the exchange took place on the Internet and not a public street.
“The key word is public space. If brokers and scalpers were on the street, the DC police could enforce that,” Francis said. “The Internet is not considered a public place, that’s why you can see tickets on Ticketmaster… at whatever price.”
Representatives for Bon Jovi—who lent his musical might to Al Gore in 2000 and toured extensively, along with other prominent musicians, for John Kerry in 2004—had little to say about the fundraisers.
“So people rented private space and conducted fundraising activities at the venue while Bon Jovi’s show was going on? That wouldn’t have anything to do with the band,” said Bon Jovi representative Tiffany Shipp in an email.Tweet
As chairman of the House Republican Conference, Rep. Adam Putnam (R-FL) has been busy with the #don’tgo protest, in which angry House Republicans have stayed at the Capitol building during August recess, calling on Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to schedule a vote on their energy plan that would seek an end to the long-standing moratorium on off shore drilling. (#don’tgo is a twitter “tag”. To see what we mean, go to www.twitter.com and type in #don’tgo; for a report on the tech angle of the protest go here.)
Does that mean Putnam “won’t go” to his scheduled fundraiser in Walt Disney World this weekend?
The invitation bills the event as a “weekend at the Walt Disney Resort,” specifically at the Polynesian Resort, proceeds to benefit “Putnam for Congress.” There’s also a special guest, fellow Republican Florida Rep. Ander Crenshaw.
“We only have 15 rooms, so it’s going to be a small event,” says the email accompanying the invitation.
Putnam isn’t exactly hurting for cash in his reelection bid. He has raised $1.4 million to his opponent’s $50,000. Over the course of his Congressional career, he’s taken about $70,000 from the oil and gas industry.
Supporting off-shore drilling is a new thing for Floridians, where in the past Democrats and Republicans alike have opposed the idea for fear it would hurt tourism. Recently Republican Gov. Charlie Crist, one of many reputed to be on Sen. John McCain’s list for a possible vice presidential pick, reversed his long-standing support for the federal moratorium on offshore drilling.
We don’t know if any oil and gas lobbyists rsvp’ed for Putnam’s Walt Disney getaway. We also don’t know if Putnam is planning to put aside #don’tgo to proclaim “I’m going to Disney World.” But these are exactly the sort of intriguing questions that occupy our time here at Party Time.Tweet
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