People/Time's hefty swag bag for White House Correspondents' party: Is this allowed?
Um ... are we allowed to take this? That was the D.C. reaction to the 10 1/2-pound swag bag handed out at a party hosted by Time and People at the St. Regis on Friday. (Contents: Egyptian cotton towel, travel pillow, necktie, eco-tote, water bottle, pocket journal, HBO documentary, purse hook, foot cushions, luxury soap, candle, a dozen perfumes and cosmetics, a dozen fancy snacks and treats, coconut water and gift card for six cupcakes.)
"It's within the permissible level," a flack assured us, though turns out that's about taxes, and not necessarily, you know, ethics. And what are those rules, again? Seems none of this costs the mags anything -- advertisers donate it all -- so maybe that's why pretty much every VIP took one.
The celeb guests (Gayle King, Tony Romo, Steve Weber, Gabourey Sidibe, Elisabeth Shue) seemed nonchalant, but that's the world they come from. "For parties attached to major events, it's not that unusual," said People spokeswoman Claudia DiRomualdo.
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May 4, 2010; 1:02 AM ET
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