Party Time '08: No-Name Entertainment Attracts a Crowd
DENVER - The New Democrat Coalition had the right idea in featuring a band no one has ever heard of for its party here in Denver this week.
That way, all House members and staff can attend the party for free.
The House ethics committee came down hard on the New Democrat Coalition's rival moderate Democratic group, the Blue Dog Coalition, which made the grave mistake of wooing a headline entertainer for its boozy convention dance bash Monday night.
The ethics committee's reasoning goes this way: if the convention party features well-known, headline entertainment, it violates congressional gift rules. If it's a no-name local musician or band, then live it up without paying a dime.
House members and staff who showed up at the Blue Dog party Monday night had to pay $22 to see pop rock star KT Tunstall. They had to plop down $50 to see Willie Nelson at a concert Monday night sponsored by the energy company CH2M Hill. And Wednesday night, they'll have to fork over $90 to see a live concert by hip-hop king Kanye West at a party co-hosted by the Recording Industry Association of America and the ONE Campaign.
But when they go to the New Democrat Coalition event tonight -- they won't pay one red cent.
"We did it the right way," boasts one New Democrat staffer, who didn't even know the name of the band performing at the party.
For more on who can party for free who cannot at the Democratic National Convention, read more from the Sleuth. And make sure you catch up on all of the Party Time '08 postings for behind-the-scenes fun at the Denver convention.
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