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Celeb Bash Chases Untapped Lobbyist Cash

The Creative Coalition's ball is pricy for those wanting to attend -- and pricier for sponsors, says The Sleuth. Luckily there's a big, untapped pool of potential donors:

The dismal economy isn't stopping the Creative Coalition from throwing one of the more -- if not the most -- lavish bashes on inauguration night. The ball features Elvis Costello live in concert, red carpet and dozens of (A-list, for a change) movie stars.

To give you an idea of just how lavish, the top asking price for corporations who want to help underwrite the event is a whopping $150,000. The arts advocacy group emailed the fundraising pitch today to prospective donors, many of them Washington lobbyists who, under President-elect Barack Obama's strict disclosure rules, are banned from contributing to the Presidential Inaugural Committee.

As for the lineup?

[Barry] Levinson, Spike Lee, Tim Robbins, Kerry Washington, Susan Sarandon, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, Matthew Modine and Ellen Burstyn.

Read the full piece on Mary Anne Akers's The Sleuth blog.

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  December 1, 2008; 1:58 PM ET  | Category:  Celebrities , Fundraising
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