Let’s face it, when you’re struggling to raise money for your campaign you’ll do just about anything for cash. I’m surprised Obama himself didn’t don the thong and have attendees stuff money in it. Come to think of it, judging by his recent erratic behavior it’s not a stretch to think Joe Biden would happily do it.
The crowd of about 150 Obama supporters was cordial and relaxed, a mix of friends and fashion types, partying alongside male dancers wearing Obama ’08 boxer briefs (or, as one did, an American flag-themed thong) stuffed with the requisite $1 bills. (Only door proceeds went to the reelection fund; dancers kept their tips.)
In this billion-dollar-plus election cycle, online fundraising and grass-roots events matter greatly to the Obama campaign, which has struggled to compete with Mitt Romney’s fundraising among high-dollar supporters. While the Romney campaign hasn’t put the same emphasis on small donors, the Obama campaign relies on them and last week announced it has a record-breaking donor base of 3.1 million individuals, surpassing Obama’s total from 2008. Two million of these donors have given less than $25.
But they’ve got to keep this stuff on the down low as they fear criticism. I can’t understand why since they can simply call critics homophobes.
“We do these parties for gay porn stars at Eastern Bloc whenever [they’re] in town from L.A.,” said Boardman. “It’s always a room of Village gays, socialites, porn stars, fashion people. . . . We thought, ‘Why don’t we do a go-go thing at Eastern Bloc for [Obama]?’ ”
Still, organizer Will Wikle said the group recognized that the event could make campaign organizers uncomfortable, so they toned down promotional materials. “We didn’t put a go-go boy on the invitation for that reason,” he said. “We didn’t want any Republicans to jump on it and view it as some sex party.”
Amazingly they may have actually also followed the law.
And Wikle said the host committee was diligent in its two months of planning, working with Democratic officials to navigate campaign finance law, something that the organizers knew little about. Wikle said officials told the host committee it couldn’t have liquor sponsors or an open bar.