Party Time '08 Update: Kayne, Daughtry, Scotch and Cigars
By Mary Ann Akers
The lineup for the recording industry lobby's biggest bashes at both political conventions is official: it'll be hip-hop king Kanye West in Denver and boyish-looking -- but not boy band -- Daughtry in Minnesota's twin cities for the Republicans to enjoy. (Chris Daughtry, of American Idol fame, is getting rave reviews despite his quasi boy-band look.)
The Recording Industry Association of America, known for it's A-list convention parties, has this time around teamed up with Bono's poverty fighting One Campaign, which will host a slew of "educational activities" at both parties' conventions. Tip-toeing around the strict new ethics rules governing lobbyist-sponsored convention events, the RIAA's press releases about its parties were heavily focused on the ONE Campaign's do-good work.
"ONE will be part of a series of discussions at each convention featuring leading experts and thinkers to highlight how American leadership has the power to make a game-changing difference in the fight against preventable diseases and extreme poverty." Get the drift? (Indeed, former Senate leaders Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) and Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), who co-chair the ONE Campaign's presidential outreach effort, will each go to his respective party's convention to wave the ONE flag and participate in "educational activities.")
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