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Gay ‘Go Go’ Dancers Raise Money For Obama

From a very ‘proud’ Washington Post:

NYC gay bar hosts Obama fundraiser

By Katherine Boyle | Sunday Sept 9, 2012

NEW YORK — Outside, posters of President Obama and the first lady were the only signs that Eastern Bloc was closed for a private party. To some regulars of the grungy gay bar in Manhattan’s East Village, the $100 minimum cover charge seemed too pricey for a Saturday night.

But for an Obama campaign fundraiser, the entrance fee was relatively modest, unlike some of the boisterous dancers at the “GoGo for Obama” event. The fundraiser, hosted by a gaggle of models, fashion editors and socialites, is just one of hundreds of such small, grass-roots events organized by individual donors and held throughout campaign season in private homes or during backyard barbecues…

Yes, nothing says ‘grass roots’ like holding a campaign fundraiser for a President at a gay leather bar.

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…

Once again the Obama campaign adds dignity to the political process.

The Obama campaign has promoted its “Grassroots Fundraiser” platform online, encouraging donors to reach out to friends and connect directly to the campaign’s Web site. In an instructional video on YouTube, Betsy Hoover, director of online organizing for Obama for America, emphasizes that “personalization is heavily encouraged.” In other words, donors can become creative — sometimes very creative.

You’re scaring us.

Mickey Boardman, editorial director for New York’s independent Paper Magazine, helped to organize the Eastern Bloc fundraiser, which had a modest goal of raising $20,000. By midnight, when the dancers took to the poles, they’d collected more than $10,000.

They couldn’t even make that measly goal? Maybe they need bigger and better poles. Or maybe their Obama ’08 [sic] thongs were too small.

“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.”

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…

Meanwhile, the news media and the rest of the Obama campaign are spending every waking minute trying to portray Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan as ‘out of touch with mainstream America.’

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, September 10th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Gay ‘Go Go’ Dancers Raise Money For Obama”

  1. GetBackJack

    Well. I just had to swallow breakfast back down. Thanks a lot, Steve.

  2. JohnMG

    Maybe WHO needs bigger and better poles?

  3. canary

    huh? That sleaze bag Axelrod’s form e-mail asking for money said to hurry and donate because Friday would be the deadline to donating.

  4. Barney Franks, Reggie Love and Barack Obama all get “Free Passes’!

  5. GetBackJack

    Love Rangers getting their kink on for the Big O

  6. Anonymoose

    “We didn’t put a go-go boy on the invitation….”

    OMG…could anyone have even pictured this ten years ago?

  7. Mithrandir

    “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.”

    –Ah ha! You said the gay stereotype, we didn’t. What’s the matter? Guilty conscience?




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