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Best fundraiser ever


Al Kamen gets all the good invites:

It's "Sen. Conrad's Biggest Non-Event of the Year!" the invitation says. "You are invited not to attend a special reception for Friends of Kent Conrad." The invite -- we're told it was Conrad's idea -- highlights the people "Already Committed Not to Attend: Sandra Bullock, Michael Jackson, George Clooney," and those who were "Not Invited to Attend: Lady Gaga, Lindsay Lohan, Simon Cowell." So no crowds to worry about -- no one at all, in fact -- and no cheap booze.

The fundraiser will be "anytime after Aug. 15, 2010, but before Sept. 10, 2010," and will be held "wherever you want" and at whatever time you want. The "suggested contribution levels" for this non-happening are $2,500 for a PAC and $1,000 for individuals.

And here are the key benefits, according to the invite, of the non-event event:

With the time you would otherwise spend with the Friends of Kent Conrad, you could:

-- Update your Facebook page.

-- Floss.

-- Do absolutely nothing.

-- Spend time with your family.

-- Recite words that rhyme with orange.

-- Sleep.

Photo credit: Melina Mara/TWP.

By Ezra Klein  |  August 18, 2010; 10:03 AM ET
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Just like a modern Democrat to solicit donations for the promise of doing nothing. Normally it's the promise of exemptions to stricter industry regulations, but as long as this gets in the dough too.

Posted by: cprferry | August 18, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Michel Jackson?

Posted by: dperl99 | August 18, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Words that rhyme with orange: porridge, door hinge, lozenge, Blorenge.

Posted by: trooperim | August 18, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, the Michael Jackson bit is a little uncomfortable. Overall though, what a weird thing to do. I think it's cool, but I'm not sure...

Posted by: MosBen | August 18, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

I mean, it'd be one thing if it were Mozart, Humphry Bogart, and Michael Jackson, but with two alive and liberal examples MJ sort of stands out awkwardly.

Posted by: MosBen | August 18, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

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